ATI Austin Guides
Gifted, passionate, and committed, our guides at ATI Austin are remarkable individuals both inside and outside our classrooms.
Lead Humanities Guide
Ann Orsinger completed her undergraduate studies at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. After St. John’s, she attended the Logic and Philosophy of Science Department at the University of California, Irvine. She then received a second masters degree at the University of Texas, Austin, writing her dissertation on developing democratic civic virtues through aesthetic education and design.
Chris Ready has taught for sixteen rewarding years in a variety of learning environments. Before ATI, Mr. Ready was an early-childhood mentor and member of the leadership committee at Integrity Academy. Mr. Ready owns Makesalot, where he teaches maker classes. He taught at the Austin Tinkering School and helped coordinate the Austin Maker Faire.
Erica Speegle studied Film & Digital Media in college and then attended French pastry school, only to discover a love for education. Among other things, she has published a novel and has written content for several indie gaming companies. She brings liveliness and enthusiasm to her role at ATI and is pleased to be a member of this wonderful learning community.
Kristina Read Tambunga
STEM & Project Guide
While her high school years were spent in the Austin area, Ms. Tambuga graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, with a BA in organizational leadership. After navigating the business world for many years in a variety of industries, Ms. Tambunga found her true passion in teaching.
Upper School Program Developer
Matt Ballin has earned a Montessori Elementary certification from Association Montessori Internationale and has held a variety of roles, including history teacher, literature/language arts teacher, and head teacher in a Montessori elementary classroom. His mission is to create learning environments that enable children to live a fully human life.