Experience

Children are the ones who shape their school experience rather than being shaped for them. The school and the curriculum must respond to the child.

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Elizabeth T. Mosher

Elizabeth T. Mosher

Head of School 2008 – present

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Beth Mosher joined The St. Michael School of Clayton in 1995.  Beth taught language arts and math for 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. She acted as a learning consultant for Junior Kindergarten through 6th grade until being named Curriculum Coordinator in 2000. Beth was named Assistant Head in 2003 and Head of School in June of 2008.

Her long list of accomplishments include:

  • Saint Louis University, B.A. Elementary Education
  • Maryville University, M.A. Special Education, with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities
  • Certified in Wilson Language Systems, S.P.I.R.E., Visualizing and Verbalizing, and Reading
  • 30 hours of graduate work in family counseling

Beth has presented at numerous conferences and workshops for professional development including:

  • Summer Professional Development Institute Teaching to a Child’s Strengths
  • South Dakota Working in a Collaborative Environment
  • ISACS Conference The St. Michael School Human Body Presentation
  • St. Louis-Reggio Collaborative Winter Institute: Questions that Matter
  • Friends School of Minnesota Working in a Collaborative Environment

 

Jeff Brawn

Jeff Brawn

Director of Parent Communication

“There is little success where there is little laughter.”  Andrew Carnegie

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, B.A. English and Creative Writing

As a mixed media artist, Jeff’s work has appeared in Art Calendar Magazine and The River Front Times.  Jeff has won a few awards, including “Most Evocative St. Louis Artist” from Art Outside and “Best Mixed Media Artist” from The Central West End Art Fair.  Jeff’s novel, Flannelmouth, was shortlisted for the William Faulkner Award in 2001.

Daisy Archie

Daisy Archie

Office
The only good thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself. – Oscar Wilde

BA Kenyon College, B.A., T.C. Williams School of Law, JD 1990

Married to The Rev. Andrew Archie

Daisy is responsible for student records, School Reach, charitable donations and special projects.

Lori Timmons

Lori Timmons

Office Manager

“We are what we repeatedly do, Excellence is therefore not an act but a habit.” Aristotle

University of Central Missouri, B.S. Public Relations, minor in Broadcast Media and Film.

Lori previously worked for STL.TV and was part of the production crew for the live TV broadcast “Best of STL” as well as other programming.  In addition, she interviewed Missouri politicians at their election parties during the 2008 election for TV broadcast. At previous employment Lori worked as studio director within their internal broadcast studio.

Kirsten Falcone

Kirsten Falcone

Middle School

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha

Fontbonne University, M.A. in Elementary Education, Certified in Elementary Education.University of Missouri, Columbia, B.S in Business Administration, Emphasis in Marketing. Mrs. Falcone’s favorite travel adventures were exploring Machu Picchu and visiting Italy. Kirsten presented at the Green Conference in Florida – Exploring a year long research project. Kirsten co-coordinated the student legislative body, SLB, at SMSOC in 2012-2013 and the Girls on the Run program at SMSOC.
Jenny Morrison

Jenny Morrison

Science

“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

Webster University, B.S. Biology

Bard College, M.S. Environmental Studies

Jenny has a passion for the natural world, and she loves to support the spark of wonder and discovery in her students. Jenny has also practiced yoga for years and will soon be a certified yoga teacher. She enjoys sharing the practices of yoga and mindfulness with her students.

Emily Otterson

Emily Otterson

Elementary

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you !” -Dr. Seuss

Millikin University, B.S., Elementary Education

Certified Kdg-6th grade

Prior to joining SMSOC Emily taught English as a second language to K-3rd grade students in Beijing and Chang Chun China.

Michael Holohan

Michael Holohan

Studio Arts Coordinator

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” Robert Fulghum

University of Redlands, BFA in Studio Art and Art History

Director of The St. Louis Reggio Collaborative 1998-2000

Artistic Director of Pro-Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO 1986-1992

USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach

Tri-Athlete and Tri-Art Coach

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Colleen Begley

Colleen Begley

EEC (Early Education Classes)

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin

Fontbonne University, B.A. Early Childhood Education

Webster University, M.A. Pedagogical Coordination in the Reggio Emilia Approach.

 

Debra Myrick

Debra Myrick

Middle school

I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.  Helen Keller

B.A., Johns Hopkins University-Biology

M.S., Washington University- Speech and Hearing

Culinary Certificate, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

Debra enjoys cooking and often uses her cooking expertise while teaching science and math in class.

Jan Jacobi

Jan Jacobi

Middle School

“Often when you think you are at the end of something, you are at the beginning of something else.”  Fred Rogers

Stanford University, B.A. in history.

Teachers College/Columbia University, M.A. English

Jan moved to St. Louis in 1982 and for twenty-seven years he served as Head of the Lower School and Head of the Middle School at St. Louis Country Day School and at MICDS.

Charles Schwall

Charles Schwall

Advisor and Mentor

“Every stage of education begins with childhood.  That is why the most educated person on earth so much resembles a child.” –Novalis

M.F.A., Washington University in St. Louis

B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute

Charles has presented in the United States and in Europe on the fundamentals of the Reggio Approach. Charles is a teaching artist at The St. Michael School of Clayton. Charles co-authored In the Spirit of the Studio: Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia.

Jef Ebers

Jef Ebers

Multimedia / Design

“How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.” R. Buckminster Fuller

B.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale- Industrial Design

University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana

The School of the Art Institute Chicago

Jef worked as a designer for 17 years. He designed signage for the University Loop, Busch Stadium and is presently working on illustrating several children’s books.

Theresa Eppert

Theresa Eppert

Physical Education Teacher and Coordinator EEC/Elementary/Middle School

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

B.A., SUNY-New Paltz, NY – Liberal Arts 1985

USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach

YMCA Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

CDL/Bus Driver

Tri-Athlete and Tri-Art Coach

Master Seamstress

Theresa’s innovative PE program teaches all students how to swim, bike, run. Extensive use of Forest Park is integrated into Theresa’s PE daily.

Amy Kwentus

Amy Kwentus

EEC Occupational Therapist, P.E.

Happiness is not a destination but a way of life, smile!

MSOTR, Rockhurst College

B.S., Rockhurst  College

Amy was published in Brain and Language in 2004, and Longitudinal FMRI study of aphasia recovery in frontal stroke. Amy directs the before and after care program at SMSOC. Amy observes and supports children with fine and gross motor skill difficulties at SMSOC as well as supporting the P.E. program.

Elizabeth Bailey

Elizabeth Bailey

Learning Consultant / Math Specialist

Try not to have a good time…this is supposed to be educational. Charles M. Schulz

University of Missouri, Columbia, B.S. Psychology, minor in Sociology

Fontbonne University, M.A. Special Education K-8

Certified Reading Specialist

Webster University, M.A. in Pedagogical Coordination in the Reggio Emilia Approach

Elizabeth is the Tri-Art Coach for four through six year olds for the past seven years. Elizabeth presented at the Green Conference in Florida titled – Exploring a Year Long Research Project. Before teaching at SMSOC Elizabeth taught caving, ropes courses and ecology at an outdoor education program for children.

Monica Moran

Monica Moran

Elementary

Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” – Shel Silverstein

Lynchburg College B.A. in Special Education

Monica has been in education for fifteen years, teaching every grade from Kindergarten to 5th. Monica is an avid traveler (she’s lived in seven different states as well as the country of Cyprus) and has learned to appreciate the beauty of learning through exploration. Monica often brings Emma, her white ladrador retriever, beloved by faculty and students alike.

Kara Richards Wiley

Kara Richards Wiley

EEC (Early Education Class)

“Learning is something that children do, not something that is done to them. Parents and Teachers have the wisdom to guide the process but not the power to control it. Listen, watch, and have patience, enjoy the journey and the product will take care of itself.” -Jane Healy, Ph.D.

Fontbonne University B.A. in Elementary Education

Kara loves to dance and is an accomplished ballerina. She has taught ballet classes to three, four, and five year olds for many years and danced at the Belleville School of Ballet for 12 years. Kara enjoys playing tennis, spending time with family, and traveling.

Angie Ridder

Angie Ridder

Math

“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.” Anonymous

Saint Louis University, B.A. in Elementary Education

Angie has taught at The St. Michael School of Clayton for six years.

Angie loves the creativity and empowerment that SMSOC provides students.

Nora House

Nora House

Spanish

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.” Dalai Lama

Elementary/Middle School

Regina Mundi College  in Arequipa Peru for Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Senora House has taught Spanish as a second language for twenty years.

Senora worked as a Lay Missionary in the jungle of Peru for five years and has taught Spanish in several area schools before arriving at SMSOC 14 years ago.

Liz Sanderson

Liz Sanderson

Middle School

In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back. -Charlie Brown

B.A. Elementary Education

Liz presented at the Green Conference in Florida – Exploring a Year Long Research Project. Liz hosted a running club for students at SMSOC and was a Girls on the Run educator and sponsor. Liz coordinated the student legislative body, SLB, at SMSOC in 2012-2013.

Peter Lang

Peter Lang

Music / Performing Arts / Technology

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning”― Plato

B.M. Jazz Studies Webster University

Pursuing MBA in Leadership / Management at Webster University

Peter Lang is a Webster University Jazz Studies program graduate who has toured and recorded internationally.  A percussionist first, he can be heard as a vocalist, piano, guitar and bass player on jingles composed and performed for the likes of Anheuser Busch and McDonalds.

Leigh Wozniak

Leigh Wozniak

Language Arts / Writing / Curriculum

My life is my message. – Mahatma Gandhi

Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, B.A. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading and Language Arts for grades K-9.

Certified early reading specialist

Initiated course work for M.A. in Educational Administration.

Leigh was nominated for the Peabody Education Award in 2011 and is trained in the NSF-Mathematics and Science Enhancement Project (MASE).

Anne Treeger

Anne Treeger

Studio Arts

University of Vermont, B.A. in English and Studio Art. Syracuse University Studio Arts Program, Florence, Italy for Art History and Studio Art.

Anne has taught at Crossroads Preparatory School, The Saint Louis Art Museum, Clayton High School, COCA and Craft Alliance.

Anne donates drawings, prints and sculptures to charitable causes.

Brendan Eppert

Brendan Eppert

P.E.

Brendan was a member of the 1994 United States Olympic Speed Skating Team in Littlehammer, Norway.

Brendan was an Olympian in 1994, He was a member of the U.S. short track team and the National long track teams in 1990. In 2005 Brendan was the National Long Track Champion. He skated as a youth for the University City, Clayton, and Gateway Speed Skating Clubs. Brendan currently coaches the Metro Speed skating Club a non-profit dedicated to education, development and coaching of the sport of speed skating.

Ginger Jacobi

Ginger Jacobi

EEC (Early Education Class)

Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire. – William Butler Yeats

Ripon College, Ripon WI. BA History and Elementary Education

Ginger has taught at the Wilson School and Community School in St. Louis, MO. Ginger has had extensive experience teaching early education classes.

Ginger tutors at Matthews Dickey Boys Club.

Melissa Schuepfer

Melissa Schuepfer

Elementary

“Children Learn What They Live” – Dorothy Law Nolte

Southwest Missouri State B.A. in Elementary Education Emphasis: Early Childhood

Missy provides direct reading instruction after school as well as in the summer. She assisted in writing an educational grant as well as co-authoring a literacy curriculum through Mega Bloks. She is an ACE certified Personal Trainer, an ACE certified Health Coach and a JNL certified Master Instructor.

Juanita Lucy

Juanita Lucy

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” – Sitting Bull

Juanita is lead aftercare for our Toddler-Pre K students.

Kathleen Roepke

Kathleen Roepke

Speech-Language Pathologist, M.S., CCC-SLP

“I am still learning.” –Michelangelo, at age 87

B.S., Rockhurst University, Communication Sciences and Disorders
M.S., Fontbonne University, Speech-Language Pathology

Kathleen previously worked as a speech-language pathologist for St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. Kathleen observes and supports students in communication skills. She enjoys finding ways to create enthusiasm for learning.

Terry Arthur

Terry Arthur

School Accountant

Jane Sheppard

Jane Sheppard

Aftercare Director

Thea

Thea

Thea was born at Whipperwill Ridge Farms near Thayer Missouri in 2010.

Her favorite duties at school include visiting the nursery, lunch duty, carpool and being friends to all the students.

At home spends her free time attending cyclo-cross and bike races with family, playing with her house cats, and supporting the previous school dog Rio in his retirement.

Pre K Nov 7-11, 2016

Pre K Nov 7-11, 2016

Nov. 7-11, 2016

One might not know that Halloween is a memory because Pre K is still singing Halloween songs!  However, we introduced the concept of Thanksgiving through  songs “”Twas the night before Thanksgiving…” and a Ms.Maria song complete with actions of a turkey flapping its’ wings, moving left and right and singing gobble,gobble,gobble.”  We will read many stories as well ,highlighting the concept of helping one another, sharing and things for which we are thankful.  One of the books we have read, The Littlest Pilgrim, is a story of a young Pilgrim girl who met a Native American girl and became friends.  Another story included the topic of how the first settlers learned to survive their first winter with the help of Native Americans who knew how to plant crops, fish and hunt.  Going forward, we will also talk about family traditions at Thanksgiving and enjoy a feast of our own.  This week, we made letters with dough, sharing with the toddlers; they shared the alphabet soup and we enjoyed the treats together at lunch time.  On the playground, we love playing in the leaves and one morning we watched the leaf truck come by to suck up leaves in the street. All were so excited to watch the truck drive by slowly and see the leaves disappear!  Children are feeling very comfortable talking about their sharing items in front of the group.  This is a big change from the start of the year when one or two might bring something but say little or nothing about the item.
We continue to enjoy the beautiful fall weather playing outside as much as possible!

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Pre K Nov. 21-22

Pre K Nov. 21-22

Although we had only two days this week, we packed many fun and interesting activities into Monday and Tuesday.  Now that the cold weather has arrived, we will spend some of our  arrival time and P.E. time in the gym.  On Monday, Imagination Station was out and children of all ages love this activity.  Large, sturdy foam blocks can be turned into boats, trucks, climbing activities or almost anything your imagination allows.  We did get outside for P.E. at 8:30, jumping rope and playing in the leaves. Later in the morning we played inside.  Notice the progression of the block structure that was built.  It was a house for animals, in case you hadn’t noticed! One child helping another become a royal figure and not long after, sharing a good book. Tuesday was reading buddy day and the children shared leaves with their buddy and told them what they were thankful for.  Snack was set up as a sharing feast with toddler I and II although for snack we shared the fruit salad that the toddlers had made.  Then it was off to studio where they discovered a new medium in the water table.  No water but there was beautiful green sand that was a hit!  Music revolved around a book sung by Ms. Maria and a chance to strum the guitar as each child told his favorite food for Thanksgiving .  After music, a little outdoor time and then our feast. The pre k friends brought roasted sweet potato chips, cheese and crackers which were devoured.  One friend brought roasted broccoli, another brought alphabet noodles, another shared corn on the cob, we all enjoyed the fruit that was brought in by the toddlers(they cut up their fruit) and the last items shared and probably the favorites were pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie baked by Pre K!  No one was hungry after lunch!  We enjoyed the meaning of Thanksgiving as we talked about the importance of family, friends and sharing.

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Pre K Feb. 27-Mar10

Pre K Feb. 27-Mar10

Feb 27-Mar. 10

Weather is so changeable in St.Louis!  One day it is balmy and the next winter.  For now, we continue to bike inside!   In studio, making shadows with the projector, creating stories with our fifth grade helpers, drawing and painting are such fun with Mr. Holohan and Ms. Claire.  I think the favorite continues to be working with clay.  It does not matter how often they work with this medium, the children create new stories to parallel their masterpieces!  Leading up to Mardi Gras, we made masks with our buddies and some of us wore them much of the day!  We enjoyed a King Cake and sang an Irish tune with Ms. Maria.  She also brought her parachute which is a favorite.  While singing, the children pull the chute up and down slowly.  When the song changes beat, a stuffed animal hops on the parachute bouncing up and down to the delight of the children. Later in the week, Maria brought scarves which children love to use as they move to the music.  We continue to introduce our community helpers which is part of our hub topic.  Learning about our community,  how we help each other and how others help us is an on going conversation.  We love the dramatic play area, dressing as firefighters or construction workers. In addition, our creative play includes dressing as doctors, police officers and mail carriers. Acting out teacher,  whether working with the calendar or reading a story is always a favorite.  Upon our return from break, we will visit the Transportation Museum and Clayton Fire Station.  We are fortunate as we will have Dr. Karp, Jack’s Mom visit to talk about caring for our bodies and what we do when we get sick.  Also planned is a visit from a St.Louis City police officer.   We celebrated a half birthday this past week.  Reading the family book, enjoying lunch with your child and sharing a birthday treat with the class, makes for a wonderful celebration!
We have been exploring maps and looking where our class might travel or have traveled in the past.  I am amazed at how learned this class is as they talk about different parts of the country!

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