Ms. McWilliams, M.Ed, GACHeadmistress
Madison McWilliams knew that she wanted to be a teacher at four years old, and has devoted her life to the field of education. Her specialty is working with gifted children. A former gifted student herself, Ms. McWilliams graduated college at 19 and served as a gifted/talented coordinator before founding Joule. She holds a dual M.Ed in Teaching and Gifted/Talented Educational Psychology, and is the regional Gifted Youth Coordinator for Mensa of Central Texas. Currently, she is pursuing certification online in School Leadership at Harvard University while serving as Head of School at Joule.
Ms. McWilliams' undergraduate degrees are in History, with one concentration in Civil War studies and the other in Early Modern Europe. Ms. McWilliams holds multiple teaching certifications and has taught kindergarten through high school in three states. She is trained in the Montessori Method and Advanced Placement (AP) programs. In addition, she has developed online courses for students across the country as a curriculum author with educational publishing houses. She has also served as a speech and debate coach, Destination Imagination state-certified coach, National Honor Society sponsor, and has also taught performing arts for eight years both in and outside of school settings.
Mrs. Merissa Russell-Hammer, M.A.
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Ms. Erin Meyer, B.A.
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Dr. Jim James, Ph.D
Dr. Jim James is a pianist of unique breadth and depth, with a wide range of experience in solo, chamber, and collaborative playing. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, as well as a Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri. Dr. James earned his Doctorate in Piano Performance at the University of Texas. He also spent a semester studying at the École Normale de Musique in Paris , France. In 2002, Jim took first prize in the Badger Piano Competition of the Wisconisin Music Teachers Association. He later played John Adams Grand Pianola Music as a soloist with the UT Wind Ensemble in a performance featured on NPR’s Performance Today. Dr. James teaches a large studio of private students and continues performing solo and collaborative music in the Austin area, including frequent performances with the Austin Chamber Music Society.