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Biographies - Arts


David Cross


David Cross graduated from the University of Texas School of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music education.  He is certified to teach all levels of music and has been a Central Texas band director for twenty-nine years. David plays trumpet in the Austin Symphonic Band and Austin Jazz Band and enjoys exploring the world with his wife Karen, reading, hiking, and of course, polishing his seven Spamarama™ trophies.



Adrianna Hagan


Adrianna Hagan owns and operates Mad Science & Imagine Arts Academy of Austin and San Antonio.  Mad Science is dedicated to sparking the imagination of elementary aged children while involving them in hands-on science.  Imagine Arts Academy is dedicated to art with a purpose through hands-on art. Adrianna started working for Mad Science of Austin & San Antonio during her studies at the University of Texas.  Upon graduation from UT, Adrianna began working for Mad Science full time. After 17 years with the company, Adrianna purchased the business from the previous owners Jan & Robert Fiebig and added Imagine Arts Academy for a full STEAM offering.  The style of both programs is considered “edutainment” because their goal is to get children ages 4 to 12 involved in hands-on STEAM activities while exploring topics with enthusiasm and excitement. Since 1997, Mad Science has been providing programming for over 100 schools in the Austin and surrounding area and they are very excited to be a partner in Meridian's Triple A program.




Aurora Zenfell


Aurora Zenfell is the founder and director of the New Leaf Orchestra, a class for beginning and intermediate adult learners based in Austin, TX, and the co-founder of the "Parent Orchestra" for adult beginners with the UT String Project. She also has 9 years of public school teaching experience in Texas and Florida. While teaching at Paredes Middle School in Austin ISD, her students received the highest rating at contest two years in a row -- two of only three total years the orchestra achieved that rating since the school opened -- as well as performed in the Dallas International Festival in 2012. Ms. Zenfell has performed professionally with the Tallahassee Symphony, Florida Lakes Symphony, and the Austin-based Arabic band, Layalina. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida State University and a Masters degree in Music and Human Learning from the University of Texas-Austin. Her goals are to provide a positive place for people to learn and connect with each other, and to introduce students to many styles of string playing, including learning to use music in real-life situations.



Kathryn Patschke


Kathryn Patschke joined us as the Triple A Manager in May of 2018. She brings her expertise in child development and staff management. She came to us with a background as the Program Director of a physical development center with nearly 8 years of experience. She holds an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Youth and Community Studies with a focus in Special Populations at the University of Texas at Austin. What drew her to Meridian was the mission. She believes in the importance of helping students develop social and intellectual skills that will not only help them in their transition into adulthood and into the workforce, but more importantly help them develop relationships to enjoy a fulfilling life.



Monique Swain


Monique L. Swain joined Meridian in August 2011 as the Triple A Enrichment Program Coordinator. Monique has a bachelor's degree in family and child sciences from the Florida State University and a master's in family and child studies from Texas State University. She comes to Meridian from the Austin Independent School District where she worked as the Teen Parent Program Coordinator. She is a State of Texas licensed child care director with many years of experience working with children and their families as a preschool teacher, school-age program assistant director, child development specialist, licensed child care director, event coordinator, director trainer, and preschool/school-age area director. She was drawn to Meridian because she enjoys building enriching children’s programs from the ground up. Specifically, the Triple A Program gives her the opportunity to share her personal hobbies and encourage students to express what sparks their interest.