Essential Areas: Art, Music, PE, Library

The Essential Area Team gets Dillos reading, moving, creating, and learning!  Essential Areas include:

  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library

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Mrs. Stephanie Perry:  Teaching since 1991, she has 29 years of teaching experience, 21 of which have been at Hill.  Mrs. Perry is a National Board Certified Art Teacher and has earned both a BFA in Art History and a BA in Art Education from UT-Austin. She loves to talk about creative ideas, art projects, art museums, artists — and also stays busy with art projects in her home art studio.

Mr. Stephen Williams:  This is Mr. Williams’ seventh year teaching art at Hill. He loves to explore the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design in the world around him and in a variety of art media, especially painting and photography. He earned a BFA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin and has worked in several art-related fields. He is especially inspired by nature, learning about other artists and their work, and by sharing his love of art with his students.


Mrs. Michelle Herb:  Mrs. Herb has been teaching in Austin ISD for over 10 years. Her main instrument is the French Horn, however, she also loves to practice piano, guitar, and ukulele.  She received a Bachelors in Music Education degree from Baylor University in 2007, a Masters in Horn Performance from TCU in 2009, and has taken four levels of Kodaly training.  She is currently working through the National Board program to earn National Board Certification.

Maestro Steve Williams: Maestro Williams has been teaching for over 20 years, and has been a lifelong singer and musician.  This his eighth year as a Dillo and his fourth year loving music with kindergarten, first and second graders!  Maestro Williams is currently mastering the Kodaly method, practicing piano, learning the trumpet and learning guitar and ukulele. 



Mr. Roger Taveirne (“Mr. T”):  More than 30 years of teaching experience.  He graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

Ms. Melissa Monreal: Coach Monreal has been a Hill Dillo since 2009, first teaching 3rd grade. She decided to become a PE teacher because she enjoys being active and is an avid sports fan. Coach Monreal graduated from The University of Texas in 2007.

Be cool for school and ride the Walking School Bus!  Meet Mr. T and Coach Monreal in the parking lot at Hillcrest Baptist Church. At 7:10 am, students begin exercises and do WOW (Working Out for Wellness) activities before walking with the coaches to Hill at 7:28 am.



Mrs. Pustka has worked in A.I.S.D. for 27 years – first as a kindergarten teacher (8 years) and now as a librarian (19 years.)  This is her twelfth year at Hill school, and she loves being a Dillo! 

She is married to Mark, who is a commercial realtor, and has 3 lively sons that keep her entertained, and very, very busy!  

She enjoys reading, gardening, hiking and sewing. Mrs. Pustka is a proud supporter of Texas A&M University where she went to college – Gig’em!

Mrs. Banda was a third grade bilingual teacher before joining the Hill family.  She has worked in the library for 5 years and has loved every minute.  

She and her husband, Daniel have two children.  Madelynn is a junior at Anderson High School and Logan is a 5th grader at Hill School.  They have a very active Jack Russell Terrier named Petee that keeps them on their toes!

(512) 841-8036


Library Hours:

7:45 am – 3 pm – Open for student checkout

3 pm – 3:30 pm – Open for students, with parents only

Note: The library is closed on Thursdays for faculty meetings.


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