Our Administration


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Dr. Erin Flynn


Dr. Erin Flynn received her PhD in Philosophy of Religion from the National University of Ireland, Galway. During her time as a grad student, she taught small class tutorials and seminars on the History of Philosophy, Applied Ethics, and Gender and Moral Philosophy. Before becoming Principal at KAPS, she taught English II, Philosophy, Female Empowerment, and Interpersonal Studies. Dr. Flynn’s aim in education is to build relationships and school community while also instilling a passion for learning.


peggy Wilfong

ACE 21st CCLC After school Program Director & Gardening Teacher

Ms. Wilfong is a dedicated educator, environmentalist and community advocate. She currently teaches advanced soil and plant science and is the ACE 21 st Century Community Center administrator at the Katherine Anne Porter School. She is passionate about environmental issues. Six years ago she became a Certified Texas Master Naturalist and has served the Wimberley Village Library as the project director for the naturalist program for two years. Ms. Wilfong regularly involves her science class in the project at the library. She encourages her students to have a love for the environment as well as a commitment to serve others through their efforts. Another one of her environmental commitments is to the restoration of the trees along the Blanco River where she and her students regularly join other organizations to restore the ecology of the damaged river banks. She also serves the Wimberley Community through her commitment to the Lions Club. She currently is the Dispatcher at Wimberley Market Days and serves her students and families by her continued dedication to being a member of both the Foreign Exchange Committee and the Scholarship Committee.


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Travis O’Brien

Director of Technology

  • Born in: Austin Texas

  • Interesting fact: In high school I raced cars. In the first season I held 3 win trophies, rookie of the year and points champion.

  • Role at KAPS: Technology Whisperer

  • Reason for being at KAPS: Having family and multiple friends who attended and graduated from KAPS, I want to be a part of the positive impact they took with them into the world after high school.   

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Marilyn Wallace

Food Services Manager


Melinda Ellisor

Attendance & Medication Clerk/Administrative Assistant

I’ve been a member of KAPS since February 2016 and I’m so happy to be here! It’s an honor to be a part of these student’s lives. I received my bachelors degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Texas State back when it was Southwest Texas State and lived in the Austin area until I moved with my family to Wimberley in 2002 to raise children and chickens. Since moving to this area I’ve enjoyed being a Scoutmaster, entrepreneur and the Program Director for Arts from the Heart, as well as many other volunteer pursuits and being in the occasional play. I know it sounds corny, but my favorite role has been and continues to be, “Mom”.


Janine Basinger

Accounting & Human Resources

I was influenced fairly early in life by a quote on my coffee cup - -  "A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."  I have been blessed to be able to raise two wonderful children and to continue to work around students in the KAPS business office.


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Dr. Hilary Kouhana

SPED Manager

  •  Born in: Upstate  New York

  • Interesting Fact: I speak French fluently have lived in Poitiers, France during college.  I also spent two years in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer

  • Attended University: Syracuse University for my BA, University of Houston for my MEd., and Texas A&M University-Commerce for my EDd. 

  • Role At KAPS: Special Education Manager at KAPS

  • Reason for being at KAPS: I have been working in education for over 20 years and love working with the students


Liliana Garcia

Instructional Assistant at Student Support Services

Home for me is Dallas, Texas! I went to school at Texas Woman's University where I completed my Bachelor's degree in Health Studies. My initial interests were to work in the health field, but my career plans shifted after I began working with adults who had special needs. Shortly thereafter, I started working in the education field where I found a new passion and purpose in special education. I am now going to school at Texas State University and working towards my Master's degree in Special Education with a concentration in Autism. Although my line of work is not always easy, I feel very blessed everyday to witness the growth of all students that I can help serve!


John sanchez


I graduated from Texas State University in 05 then again in 15 with M.S. in Applied Sociology. I am married to my College sweetheart, Lanette, and have a dog named Riley Bo! We enjoy San Marcos walks and weekends in South Texas.  KAPS student are the bloodline that keep me coming day in and out. I am dedicated to helping students achieve success by meeting them where they're at.

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Chris Connors




stella Mcpherson

Transportation Services

Stella McPherson was born and raised in Wimberley and has worked at KAPS for 10 years. Previously she worked in the cafe and drove the buses and now she is the Transportation Manager and helps oversee custodial operations and facility maintenance. 

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Herschel Janus




Tifarah Quinters

Work Study Coordinator

  • Born: San Antonio, Tx

  • Interesting Fact: I lived in NYC for 2 years and managed a farm to table restaurant and managed a tattoo shop.

  • Attended University: Texas A&M San Antonio

  • Roll at KAPS: Create and teach a work study program to educate and prepare students for the job force.

  • Reason for being at KAPS: I have worked with all ages of kids the last 6 years in a social worker role, I wanted to keep working with kids just in a different role and this opportunity arose :)

Kirstin Yingling

Family Liaison