Meet the Teachers


Margaret English-Knipp


I have been the Early Childhood field for over 35 years and have been working at St. Louis ECDC since 2000. I have been a member of St. Louis since 1972 and feel so blessed to work here. I am honored to be able to work with parents, teachers and children- I definitely have the best job in the world. I am married with a son and daughter, one bonus daughter and 2 sweet, wonderful granddaughters. I am a proud native Texan who loves the beach and the Astros.


Angelica Cordova


I have been a part of the ECDC family for three years. I have a CDA in Early Childhood. Before coming to ECDC I was at the University of Texas CDC. I love being part of the ECDC family and sharing my Catholic faith. I was born and raised in Austin and am a Texas Longhorn fan. I enjoy spending time
with my family.


Maria Frias

Heavenly Angels Teacher

Maria started her career at St. Louis as a Sunday Nursery caregiver. She then became a substitute teacher for ECDC and in 2017 became a full time teacher in the toddler class. Maria loved teaching so much, she earned her CDA I from ACC in 2017. In her spare time, Maria is a catechist for St. Louis and loves exploring the country with her sons.


Kathy McConnell

Heavenly Angels Teacher

Kathy has been an ECDC teacher for 3 years. She has been in the early childhood field for over 6 years
and is working on her degree in Chemistry with a focus in Educational Instruction. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys music, art and crafting. She is also the choir director for a local church.


Tracey Sengele

Little Lambs Teacher

Tracey has been at ECDC for over 6 years. She loves teaching in a warm, loving, faith based center and will receive her CDA in the fall and will continue early childhood education, eventually earning an associate’s degree. Tracey is married with 2 children, a proud grandmother of an 18 month old granddaughter and
is looking forward to a second granddaughter in December.


Danny Riley

Little Lambs Teacher

Danny has been a member of the ECDC family since 2016 as a substitute teacher and float. He is looking forward to having his own classroom working with the youngest members of ECDC. He will be working toward his CDA from ACC starting August 2018. In his spare time, Danny is active in many ministries of St. Louis as well as Boy Scouts. He also loves spending time with his wife and son.


Christie Ingram

Peaceful Doves Teacher

Christie has been an Early Childhood teacher for over 20 years. She received her associate’s degree in Early Childhood in 2014 and has been at St. Louis ECDC for 3 years. Christie considers it an honor to watch the children make discoveries, choose their own activities and grow in independence every day. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with my husband and son.


Daphne Perez

Guiding Shepherds Teacher

Daphne is a native Texan. She relocated to Austin after my first visit in 1990. She became a parishioner of St. Louis Church in 2012 and wanted to participate and grow in the community so she contacted ECDC, with the intention “to teach is to learn”. She received her CDA for Infants & Toddlers in 2016. In 2018, she began classes to obtain her credential for three - five year olds.


Alanna Chute

Guiding Shepherds Teacher

Alanna is originally from Ireland but has been living in Austin since May 2017. She grew up in Catholic schools and is delighted to join the St. Louis community. She is passionate about education and fostering a love for art and science in children. Alanna enjoys yoga, reading and coffee. When not working she can be found exploring the many cafés around Austin, book in hand.