WCHE 3rd Grade Team 2021-2022
Pictured l – r: Elizabeth Cheek, Mandy Jatzlau, Diane Clendennen, Bonnie Mottola, and Audry Ostrowski
Elizabeth Cheek ––This is my first year at West Cypress! I am originally from Fort Worth, TX, and studied education at Abilene Christian University. I just got married to my husband, Carson, and we are so excited to be here in Austin! This is my second year of teaching. I taught 5th grade in Abilene, TX, last year. When not teaching, I enjoy being outside, watching a good movie, or eating Mexican food. I am so thrilled to be a teacher at West Cypress Hills!
Diane Clendennen -- I am married and have two amazing daughters. Jessie, who is a nurse in Austin, and Amanda, who is in graduate school getting her doctorate in clinical psychology. I have two wonderful step-children, Jerica and Triston. My husband, Kevin, and I are empty nesters except for our two Yorkies and giant Schnauzer puppy. This is my 18th year of teaching. I have taught first, second, and fourth grades. This is my second year to teach third grade. I am beyond excited to be a member of the wonderful third grade team and embark on a new year! When I'm not working, I enjoy shopping, crafting, eating out, and watching college football! Roll Tide!!
Mandy Jatzlau – I was born in Houston, TX. I graduated from Texas State University. I have been in Texas all of my life! I love to travel, especially when there is a beach nearby! I have two beautiful children, Teagan and Tyler, who will be starting middle school this fall! My other child, Tucker (a.k.a.) “my dog” is a sweet boy who loves to protect our yard from all the ferocious deer! This is my 14th year teaching third grade.
When I am not at school you can usually find me somewhere on the water! Our family loves to spend the days surfing, tubing and cruising Lake Travis! I keep super busy with the kids in Volleyball and Soccer at LTYA.
Bonnie Mottola – I am a native Austinite—born and raised in Austin. I am a graduate of Texas Tech University, and I have two childen: Mark, who attends LTMS, and Jacquelyn, who attends WCHE. I have lived in Tokyo, Japan Boston, Massachusetts, and in southern California. I love children, especially 3rd Graders and feel honored to be a West Cypress Hills Elementary School teacher. This is my 3rd year teaching at West Cypress Hills Elementary.
Audry Ostrowski -- My name is Audry Ostrowski, and I am so excited to be joining West Cypress Hills Elementary. I have recently moved to the Austin area. Originally from Michigan, I have always wanted to be a Texan with my dog named Roger! I am going into my second year of teaching and am elated to be a part of your school and community. My passion for student growth and success drives my everyday enjoyment of life. My other passions include hiking, spending time with friends and family, drinking coffee, doing DIY projects, and of course, reading lots of books.