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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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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Terry Arthur

Terry Arthur

School Accountant

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.