Phone: 512-759-5400 *7029


Degrees and Certifications:

Special Education EC-12 General Education EC-6

Mrs. Hockenbrocht

    Hello and welcome! My name is Mrs. Hockenbrocht and this will be my fifth year in PPCD. I am so excited to be your child’s teacher this year! I have my teaching certificate in Special Education for early childhood education through twelth grade. I have been married to my husband for 8 years and we have 3 dogs: 2 chihuahuas and 1 german shepherd. Teaching is my life’s calling!  I love what I do and seeing my students achieve even the smallest milestones! Below you will find more information about our class. Enjoy!


  • Nadine Johnson PPCD Information and Procedures

    Our Philosophy

    • It is our belief that parents are the child's first and most important teachers.  We encourage families to become involved in all aspects of their child's learning process.   
    • Our program is an all-inclusive model servicing children all along the developmental continuum, facilitating the development of friendship, social interaction, and the celebration of diversity.
    • Our program provides opportunities for social interaction, choices of activities, and is child centered with teacher facilitation to assist children in acquiring independence and love of learning.


    • Our PPCD classroom is staffed with one certified early childhood/special education teacher and an instructional assistant whose primary goal is to provide your child with a nurturing, stimulating program.  
    • A speech/language pathologist, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, and school nurse may also provide services within our school. 


    Important Nadine Johnson Elementary People to Know:

    Principal- Lindsie Almquist

    Attendance- Sarah Cardwell

    A.P.- Kathleen Navickas

    Counselor- Shannon Baker

    PPCD Teacher- Brandi Hockenbrocht

       Speech Therapist- Lorraine Patton

    PPCD Ed. Assistant- Sonia Raynor

    Occupational Therapist (OT)- Annick Thibodeau

    School Nurse- Gendi Yang

    Physical Therapist (PT) – Keri Clark


    PPCD Children:

     AM: Arrive between 7:10-7:40.  PPCD staff will be waiting at the front of the building by the buses to receive your child. 

     PMArrive at 11:55.  Parents transporting their child to school for the afternoon session will need to arrive at the front of the building outside the cafeteria doors at 11:55 and a PPCD staff member will escort your child to the cafeteria after the PM bus riders have been taken off the bus. 

     At dismissal, 10:40 for AM group and 2:55 for PM group, please wait outside by the front doors.  PPCD staff will bring your child to you.

     If at any time you need to pick your child up early you will need to sign them out in the front office.  The office will then call for your child. A PPCD staff member will escort your child to the office to meet you.  Please follow this procedure for late arrivals as well.


    Dress Requirements:

    • Your child will be involved in many hands-on activities.  Messy projects sometimes require a change of clothing, unexpected circumstances do come up.  An extra set of labeled clothing (socks and underwear included) should be placed in a Ziploc bag and left at school.  


    Behavior Philosophy

    The entire preschool staff uses positive methods of discipline, which encourage self-control, decision-making, cooperation and positive self-esteem.  We use positive behavior methods including displaying visual expectations throughout the classroom, and stating expectations in a positive manner.  We also strive to ignore the negative and reinforce the positive behaviors. Potentially dangerous or injurious behavior cannot be ignored. If a child misbehaves, a staff member will always speak to him/her about the incident.  A child may be asked to choose a different activity or a staff member may redirect him/her to another area. 


    Toys:  All toys should be left at home.  Any toys that do make their way to school will be kept in a safe place and returned at the end of the day.  

    Medication:  Teachers and teaching assistants are not authorized to provide medication of any type to your child.  Please see our school nurse if your child requires medication.  

    Daily Communication Notebooks:  A notebook is to be sent back and forth between home and school.  We will complete a form regarding your child’s day, and add any additional notes that may be needed.  We encourage you to include messages you need to share with us, such as information about lunch money, how the child’s night was, positive experiences at home, etc.   Please return the notebook each day in your child’s backpack. 

  • PPCD 19-20 School Supply List 




    1 BOX 12 CT. #2 PENCILS 





    A backpack should be sent to school with each student to carry their daily notebook, etc. 


    Wish list (these are items we will use often; any you would like to 

     donate would be greatly appreciated but these items are NOT required.): 

    25ct Ziploc Quart Bags                                              

    White paper plates      

    Colored Card Stock 8.5 x 11

    Googly Eyes


    Please bring your child’s extra clothes in a gallon size Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name.

    Thank you,

    Mrs. H

  • Our List of "Do's"

    DO label your child's belongings such as jackets, school bags, spare clothing, etc.

    DO send a note with your child if there is any change in how they get home.  This MUST be in writing.

    DO talk to your child about school and listen attentively to what they have to say.

    DO read with your child – I can't stress enough how important it is and 5 minutes is all it takes.

    DO fill out emergency contact sheet and notify us of any changes so we can reach you if necessary.

    DO let the school know of any allergies or problems your child may have.

    DO dress your child in clothing that he/she can snap, button, buckle or zip.  

    We use a variety of art media and even with aprons and smocks, accidents can happen!  So please do not send your children in their Sunday best because there is a chance they may get dirty or stained.

    DO send any money needed to school in an envelope marked with your child’s full name. Place anything we need to see in the take-home folder (notes, permission slips, money, etc.) 

    DO encourage your child!  You are your child's primary teacher!  Let them know you're interested in what they are learning and you'll be amazed at the progress they'll make.

    DO feel free to contact myself, Mrs. Hockenbrocht, if you have any questions or concerns.


    Phone:  512-759-5400 *7029