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Triple A Enrichment Program Directory and Biographies


Director of After School Enrichment

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.


Band 5th-12th

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. 


Creative Brick Builders K-5th

Kristena Bins-Turner


Kristena Bins-Turner is the owner/director of Creative Brick Builders, which offers hands-on classes, camps and workshops for children and adults, featuring creative building and exploration activities. The Creative Brick Builders Studio, located in Round Rock, offers a year-round location to create, tinker, build and explore. It also sells vintage and collectible LEGO sets, bricks & minifigures. Kristena and Curtis Turner are parents of four school-aged children, and they have lived in Central Texas for over 25 years. The enrichment programs offered at the Studio, and at school campuses throughout greater Austin, provide an opportunity for children of all abilities to learn, to build, and to play in a fun and engaging environment.


Mad Science K-5th

Adrianna Hagan, Owner & Operator


Adrianna Hagan owns and operates Mad Science of Austin and San Antonio, a company dedicated to sparking the imagination of elementary aged children while involving them in hands-on science.  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.  Mad Science’s style is called “edutainment” because their goal is to get children ages 4 to 12 involved in hands-on STEM 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.


Martial Arts 2-12th

Lenard Swain


Sifu (Chinese for teacher) Swain is a 4th Degree Black Belt under 6th Degree Black Belt Master Don Duncan. Sifu Swain is Master Duncan’s highest ranking student. He trains at the Round Rock Shaolin Do School in preparation for his test to Associate Master. He has been training in Shaolin Do for over 13 years and brings over 11 years of teaching experience in Shaolin-Do. Sifu Swain is the captain of the Round Rock Shaolin Do Demonstration Team and has been featured on TV as News 8 Austin’s (YNN) Athlete of the Week. He has trained over 80 students to black belt and his students have achieved some of the highest honors outside of martial arts including class valedictorian, class salutatorian, and Kelly Brumbelow awards for academic excellence.


Orchestra 2-12th

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.