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Developmentally Appropriate Practice through the Years

The Acorn – A School for Young Children was founded by Rich and Kitty Lange in 1980, with the goal of providing the highest quality preschool education for San Antonio’s young children.  It was quite an undertaking transforming the historical home into colorful, vibrant learning classrooms. From the very first day of opening, the school was ready with classrooms full of great equipment, an adventurous playground, and quality teachers.  Several donors provided initial funds to ensure the school would get off to a great start, and also started the seed of a fund to ensure The Acorn’s future.

The first year The Acorn offered four preschool classes serving seventy-five students; classes were full and there was a waiting list.  Expansion throughout the years has allowed the school to serve more children in the community.  In 1993, a Kindergarten wing was added, providing dedicated space for this wonderful program.  An additional 1100 square feet classroom was completed in 2017, adding a bright, sunny learning classroom with large windows upstairs overlooking the trees and Brackenridge Park.  The additions of more three day classes, a favorite choice, as well as an additional two day class, provide room to accommodate more young children.  Now The Acorn has grown to eight preschool classes and one kindergarten class, to enroll a maximum of 156 children. How exciting to think of how much the school has grown, how many lives have been touched!

As the school grew, the need for office, meeting and storage space grew.  In 1985, two offices were added onto the Broadway side of the building.  In 2016, other renovations were made and the main offices were moved near the school entrance, offering a warm welcoming atmosphere to all who visit.  At the same time, an outdoor storage room was converted into an inside teacher workroom and storage area. The former office spaces were changed into meeting and conference rooms, which were much needed upgrades. 

Each improvement throughout the years brought a lot of excitement.  Thanks to the original donations, the formation of The Acorn Endowment, and contributions from alumni families and others in the community, The Acorn continues to be an outstanding facility and a top-notch campus.

The Acorn thrives and our story continues to grow, thanks to our Acorn families spreading the word and sharing their experiences at the school! It is heartwarming to enroll second generation Acorn children, whose parents attended The Acorn themselves! Each year begins a new chapter, as new families enroll their children for fun, creative, hands-on learning experiences!

  Name Title Contact
Shelley Bass Bass, Shelley Hummingbird Classroom Teacher 210-826-8804
Ruth Berg Berg, Ruth Music Teacher 210-826-8804
Shannon Burns Burns, Shannon Honeybee and Ladybug Teacher 210-826-8804
Maria Corona Corona, Maria Honeybee, Ladybug Co-Head Teacher 210-826-8804
Pamela Dubay Dubay, Pamela Caterpillar Classroom Teacher 210-826-8804
Janet Fenton Fenton, Janet Caterpillar, Hummingbird Teacher 210-826-8804
Lily Fenton Fenton, Lily Caterpillar, Hummingbird, Little Lamb Head Teacher 210-826-8804
Carrie Hoffman Hoffman, Carrie Office Manager 210-826-8804
Sudie Holshouser Holshouser, Sudie Kindergarten Teacher, Art Teacher 210-826-8804
Allyson Jones Jones, Allyson Five year Old Class Teacher 210-826-8804
Rich Lange Lange, Rich Director 210-826-8804
Mara, PhD, ABPP Mauze Mauze, Mara, PhD, ABPP Assistant Director/ Pediatric Psychologist 210-826-8804
Leslie McCrary McCrary, Leslie Kinder Classroom Teacher 210-826-8804
Mary Ellen Melville Melville, Mary Ellen Honeybee and Ladybug Co-Head Teacher 210-826-8804
Adriana Mora-Pena Mora-Pena, Adriana Caterpillar, Hummingbird, PM Teacher 210-826-8804
Terri Morgan Morgan, Terri Red Apples Head Teacher 210-826-8804
Sara Rogers Rogers, Sara Kindergarten Head Teacher 210-826-8804
Lourdes Rohde Rohde, Lourdes Blue Bear Head Teacher 210-826-8804
Erin Rowan Rowan, Erin Kindergarten Teacher 210-826-8804
Wendy Starnes Starnes, Wendy Director 210-826-8804
Mary Stevens Stevens, Mary Spanish Teacher
Christa Trippy Trippy, Christa Blue Star Head Teacher 210-826-8804
Lisa Turpin Turpin, Lisa Five Year Old Class Head Teacher 210-826-8804



Acorn Founders Rich and Kitty Lange


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