Degree(s)Ph.D. in Educational Studies (Curriculum and Instruction), Saint Louis University M.A. Concordia University B.S. Baylor University B.M. Baylor University A.M.S. Diploma, Montessori Education Centers Associated (ages 3-6 years)
Alicia Noddings joined the administration of Chesterfield Day School in 2006 as Assistant Head / Principal, though she has been a parent and volunteer in the CDS community since 1999. Originally from west Texas, Alicia graduated from Baylor University with bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Piano Performance/Pedagogy. She began her career as a computer systems consultant with Price Waterhouse in Chicago, IL where she developed information technology for a variety of Fortune 500 companies. Following the birth of her first child, Alicia returned to education to obtain her American Montessori Society teacher certification for ages 3-6 years through Montessori Education Centers Associated in Chicago. She also completed her master's degree in Early Childhood Education at Concordia University as well as teaching a half-day preschool class at Seton Montessori School in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. When her family relocated to St. Louis in 1999, Alicia expanded her volunteer training through leadership roles in the Junior League of St. Louis and involvement in a broad variety of St. Louis community organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Ready Readers, and Reading Is Fundamental. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies (focus on Curriculum and Instruction) from Saint Louis University (SLU), where she has served as a graduate research and teaching assistant and adjunct faculty member. Alicia's research interest is in the area of sensory integration and processing in young children and how it relates to behavior and learning. Alicia continues to educate pre-service teachers by serving on the faculty of the Missouri Montessori Teacher Education Program (MOMTEP) and the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL). She has also taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at SLU, UMSL, and Concordia, and continues to present at national and local conferences on topics related to sensory integration and child development. Alicia is the mother of two boys, Alex (CDS 2007) and Will (CDS 2012) who attend St. Louis Priory. In her free time, Alicia treasures outdoor activities with her boys, especially traveling, hiking, and exploring nature. She also enjoys reading, practicing and performing a variety of piano music, and volunteering in the community.