Rocio Lopez-Cortez (She/Her)

Staff Support Manager & Trainer
After five years of being at Athena I am thrilled and excited to be joining the admin team! I am grateful for how far along I’ve come throughout my time at Athena. I started as a Support Guide in our After School Program, then moved to the role of Assistant Guide; I most recently held the position of Interim Lead Guide in P1 while Tess was on maternity leave; and now have been promoted to Staff Support Manager as a member of the admin team! In this new role I will be supporting our Education Director team by helping our guides and our children when they need extra support, in all of our classrooms and in our After School Program.
After I graduated high school, I worked in a Spanish immersion school and then a play-based school while I was enrolled at Austin Community College working towards a Registered Dental Assistant certification. After I graduated and did my dental practice, I felt like something was missing. That’s when I realized that my true passion is working with children. I have worked with children for nine years, spanning in age from infants through school age.
I was born and raised here in Austin, Texas. My family roots are from Zacatecas, Mexico. I am a bilingual speaker; Spanish is my first language. In my free time I ride horses, spend time with my husband, and go on long walks with my dog Nico.

I am happy to be in this community!