Dr. Franci Roberts
Principal / Middle & Upper Elementary Teacher
Dr. Roberts has been in education for 46 years, both in public school and private school. Her Bachelor’s degree is in elementary and special education. She earned her Master’s in Educational Administration and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Roberts has been involved as an AdvancEd Accreditation External Review team member and team leader for the past several years. She is the founder of The Rubicon Academy and has been the Head of School and the teacher for Upper Elementary for the past 20 years. As a curious and evolving educator, she always looks forward to examining new horizons in the education world and to absorb and learn fresh ideas from research and visiting with other schools.
Lower Elementary Teacher
Mrs. Paula Gunnell has been an educator for 23 years. She has taught in several different public school settings and is currently teaching in her tenth year at Rubicon Academy. She has an M.S.Ed. with a major emphasis in special education. Her B.S. is in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.
Office Manager / 2's and 3's Teacher
Shannon McConnell has been teaching over 20 years. She graduated from Sam Houston State University with her Bachelors in Business Management, and an MBA in Management. She is currently working towards her Counseling degree from Sam Houston State University and Play Therapy Certification. She has many years of working in administration, teaching experience with preschool, character development, arts and crafts, and glass fusing.
Gabriela Cesar Moreno
Gabriela Cesar Moreno, or better known in our school as “Señora Moreno” was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. She attended Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. While her area of focus was Nutrition and Food Technologies, since she had already opened her baking business , which was later passed to and still being run by her brother, she also became interested in education and launched a program to teach nutritional guidelines and affordable menu selections and meal preparation for economically disadvantaged communities facing issues of undernourishment which impacted academic performance in elementary age children. She has been teaching Spanish for 9 years and now owns a company which provides Spanish tutoring and instruction to students ranging from young children to adult professionals.
Darryl Richards attended Sam Houston State University. He studied flute with legendary teacher Jan Cole, who studied in Paris, France with Jean Pierre Rampal. Darryl’s teaching technique is the french style of flute playing which he teaches to all his students
He has performed with Otis Day and The Knights, Gladys Knight, The Temptations and recorded with Luther Vandross whose CD: “My Secret Love” received a Grammy. He has also graced the big screen with a role in the Tina Turner story “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”
Darryl Richards is debuting his freshman solo album, “It Goes Like This”. He wrote all of the music and produced the CD.
Dr. Rachel McConnell
Music / Master Gardening Teacher
Rachel McConnell is a pediatrician in The Woodlands area. She volunteers her time introducing primary grade children to the recorder and the flute. She enjoys sharing her love of gardening through The Junior Master Gardening Program with all the students at the school.
Mrs. Jolly has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Business from Punjab University, India. Over the past 6 years her role in robotics has evolved from being a parent to a coach, mentor and judge at the FLL Qualifier to head project judge at Houston Championship, and judge at the Houston World Championship.
Mrs. Rosa Pfeiffer has a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Minor in Education. After working as a lab scientist in different areas, she found happiness in teaching sixth grade. Since 2009 she has been teaching robotics and participating in competitions as a judge, mentor, and volunteer.
Sara Moons has been teaching since 2007. She received a BFA in interior design from The Art Institute of Houston and worked at a commercial architecture firm before she decided to become an art teacher. After years of teaching in public schools, she became a freelance art teacher and professional artist.
Mrs. Kelley teaches robotics and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to the older students. She brings over twelve years of robotics experience and has worked for the University of Houston, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and Lone Star College just to name a few.
Theresa Woods is an experienced instructor, administrator, and director. She has taught pre-school, elementary, secondary grades plus adults. She considers English, Language Arts, Theatre Arts and Writing to be particular strengths but has taught all subjects. Her education includes a Masters in Language Arts / Reading and a Masters in administration.
Presently, she is a director for GED preparation in CISD. Ms. Woods is the drama coach/ Theatre Arts teacher at Rubicon Academy. She enjoys being part of the Rubicon Academy team and is very proud of her acting students. This year the children are working on Willy Wonka Jr.
High School Math Teacher
Bertha Alicia Estala has been helping at The Rubicon Academy since 2013. She is better known at our school as “Ms. Betty.” She works with the Small Hands Explorer group, the 18 months to three-year old’s class. She assists with drama productions on costumes and scenery. Ms. Betty also teaches arts and crafts. In her spare time, her hobbies are dancing, sewing, and baking.