Faculty & Staff

Our talented faculty, staff, and administration enable us to realize our mission and vision. Our highly educated faculty bring expertise and keen attention to each student as an individual, creating a personalized learning environment from Toddlers through Sixth Grade.

In addition to the strengths our faculty bring to the table, parent partnership is a key component of our program and its success. Parent-teacher communication is valued as part of each student’s growth—and helps ignite the joy of learning that we see in action every day.

| Helene Behrend

Montessori Educator/Infant & Early Childhood Education Specialist (Toddler Program)

B.S. Biology
M.F.A. Photography
Montessori Certification, Ages 0-3 (working towards completion)
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Carmen Beliz

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (K/1 Program)

B.S. Food Chemistry
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Puja Bhutani

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (K/1 Program)

B.A. Commerce
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Courtney Bowen

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (Preschool Program)

B.S. Early Childhood Education
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6 (working towards completion)
Montessori Paraprofessional Certificate

| Ashley Carr

Art Educator

B.F.A. Education and Ceramics

| Cathy Chu

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (Preschool Program)

B.S. Design
M.A. Elementary Education
Montessori Certification, Age 3-6

| Yaitza Diaz

Spanish Educator

B.S. Early Childhood Education
Spanish Certificate
English Certificate

| Peggy Fiala

Head of School

B.S. Education
M.Ed.
Psychoanalytic Institute Certificate, Child Development Program
Licensed Professional Counselor

| Lisa Fitzler

Director of Lower School
Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (K/1 Program)

B.A. Spanish and Education
M.A. ESL/Linguistics
M.Ed. Education and Supervision
Ed.D. Educational Leadership
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6
Montessori Trained, Ages 6-9

| Joe Geddes

Technology Coordinator

B.S. Nuclear Engineering
M.Sc. Nuclear Engineering
Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering

| Ashley Giljum

Director of Admission and Enrollment

B.S.W. Social Work
M.S.W. Social Work, Family Concentration
Montessori Paraprofessional Certificate

| Aaron Grygiel

Director of Business Operations

B.S. Accounting

| Josh Hanock

Language Arts and Social Studies Educator (5/6)

B.S. Education
M.S. Education Administration

| Jennifer Holloway

Early Childhood Education Specialist (Toddler Program Assistant)

B.A. Photojournalism
Montessori Paraprofessional Certificate

| Beth Hunnicutt

Language Arts and Social Studies Educator (3/4)

B.S. Education
M.A. Education, Teacher Certification – General Studies and Mathematics 1-8

| Matthew Kern

Chef

B.A. Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management
Business Administration Certificate

| Lindsay Klasing

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (K/1 Program)

B.S. Elementary Education
M.A. Elementary Education
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Rachel Kohl

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (Preschool Program)

B.A. Elementary Education
M.A. Early Childhood Education (working towards completion)
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Sara Kruger

Director of Extended Day Programs

B.S. Psychology
M.A. Elementary Education

| Amy Lamb

Director of Upper Elementary
Language Arts and Social Studies Educator (2)

B.A. Sociology
M.A. Educational Leadership with Principal Certification
M.A. Education Processes and Teacher Certification 1-8

| Ryan Lancaster

Director of Specials Department
Physical Education Educator

Outdoor EDU Coordinator (4th )
B.A. K-12 Education (Physical Health/Health Education)
M.S. Education – Curriculum and Instruction

| Sarah Macky

Math Educator (4/5/6)

B.A. Sociology and Psychology
M.Ed. Elementary Education

| Jennifer Martin

STEMakerSpace Coordinator and Educator

B.A. English, Business and Communications

| Aleksandar Micic

Facilities Manager

B.S. Geography

| Susan Partain

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (Toddler Program Assistant)

Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Mallika Raman

Science Educator (4/5/6)

B.S. Psychology
M.A.Ed

| Lisa Reatini

Early Childhood Education Specialist (Toddler Program Assistant)

B.A. Elementary Education
Missouri Elementary Education Certification
Montessori Paraprofessional Certificate

| Amber Richards

Montessori Educator/Infant & Early Childhood Education Specialist (Toddler Program)

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (Human Development & Family Studies, Sociology and Psychology)
M.A. Education
Montessori Certification, Ages 0-3
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Jan Schaberg

Music Educator

B. M. Music Performance and Music Education
M.M. Music Education

| Julie Turkowski

Director of Advancement

B.A. Communications – Telecommunications

| Julie Watson

Director of Communications

B.A. English, emphasis in Secondary Education

| Alissa White

Math and Science Educator (2/3)

B.A. Economics
M.A. Economics
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6
Montessori Certification, Ages 6-9

| Diane Zeger

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (Preschool Program)

B.S. Elementary Education, ESL Endorsement
M.Ed. Elementary Education
Montessori Certification, 3-6

| Laurianne Zink

Librarian

B.S. Education
M.Ed. Elementary Education
Reading Specialist Certification

| Helene Behrend

Montessori Educator/Infant & Early Childhood Education Specialist (Toddler Program)

B.S. Biology
M.F.A. Photography
Montessori Certification, Ages 0-3 (working towards completion)
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Carmen Beliz

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (K/1 Program)

B.S. Food Chemistry
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Puja Bhutani

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (K/1 Program)

B.A. Commerce
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Courtney Bowen

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (Preschool Program)

B.S. Early Childhood Education
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6 (working towards completion)
Montessori Paraprofessional Certificate

| Ashley Carr

Art Educator

B.F.A. Education and Ceramics

| Cathy Chu

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (Preschool Program)

B.S. Design
M.A. Early Childhood
Montessori Certification, Age 3-6

| Yaitza Diaz

Spanish Educator

B.S. Early Childhood Education
Spanish Certificate
English Certificate

| Peggy Fiala

Head of School

B.S. Education
M.Ed.
Psychoanalytic Institute Certificate, Child Development Program
Licensed Professional Counselor

| Lisa Fitzler

Director of Lower School
Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (K/1 Program)

B.A. Spanish and Education
M.A. ESL/Linguistics
M.Ed. Education and Supervision
Ed.D. Educational Leadership
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6
Montessori Trained, Ages 6-9

| Joe Geddes

Technology Coordinator

B.S. Nuclear Engineering
M.Sc. Nuclear Engineering
Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering

| Ashley Giljum

Director of Admission and Enrollment

B.S.W. Social Work
M.S.W. Social Work, Family Concentration
Montessori Paraprofessional Certificate

| Aaron Grygiel

Director of Business Operations

B.S. Accounting

| Josh Hanock

Language Arts and Social Studies Educator (5/6)

B.S. Education
M.S. Education Administration

| Jennifer Holloway

Early Childhood Education Specialist (Toddler Program Assistant)

B.A. Photojournalism
Montessori Paraprofessional Certificate

| Beth Hunnicutt

Language Arts and Social Studies Educator (3/4)

B.S. Education
M.A. Education, Teacher Certification – General Studies and Mathematics 1-8

| Matthew Kern

Chef

B.A. Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management
Business Administration Certificate

| Lindsay Klasing

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (K/1 Program)

B.S. Elementary Education
M.A. Elementary Education
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Rachel Kohl

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (Preschool Program)

B.A. Elementary Education
M.A. Early Childhood Education (working towards completion)
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Sara Kruger

Director of Extended Day Programs

B.S. Psychology
M.A. Elementary Education

| Amy Lamb

Director of Upper Elementary
Language Arts and Social Studies Educator (2nd)

B.A. Sociology
M.A. Educational Leadership with Principal Certification
M.A. Education Processes and Teacher Certification 1-8

| Ryan Lancaster

Director of Specials Department
Physical Education Educator

Outdoor EDU Coordinator (4th )
B.A. K-12 Education (Physical Health/Health Education)
M.S. Education – Curriculum and Instruction

| Sarah Macky

Math Educator (4/5/6th)

B.A. Sociology and Psychology
M.Ed. Elementary Education

| Jennifer Martin

STEMakerSpace Coordinator and Educator

B.A. English, Business and Communications

| Aleksandar Micic

Facilities Manager

B.S. Geography

| Susan Partain

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (Toddler Program Assistant)

Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Mallika Raman

Science Educator (4/5/6th)

B.S. Psychology
M.A. Elementary Education

| Lisa Reatini

Early Childhood Education Specialist (Toddler Program Assistant)

B.A. Elementary Education
Missouri Elementary Education Certification
Montessori Paraprofessional Certificate

| Amber Richards

Montessori Educator/Infant & Early Childhood Education Specialist (Toddler Program)

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (Human Development & Family Studies, Sociology and Psychology)
M.A. Education
Montessori Certification, Ages 0-3
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6

| Jan Schaberg

Music Educator

B. M. Music Performance and Music Education
M.M. Music Education

| Julie Turkowski

Director of Advancement

B.A. Communications – Telecommunications

| Julie Watson

Director of Communications

B.A. English, emphasis in Secondary Education

| Alissa White

Math and Science Educator (2/3rd)

B.A. Economics
M.A. Economics
Montessori Certification, Ages 3-6
Montessori Certification, Ages 6-9

| Diane Zeger

Montessori Educator/Early Childhood Education Specialist (Preschool Program)

B.S. Elementary Education, ESL Endorsement
M.Ed. Elementary Education
Montessori Certification, 3-6

| Laurianne Zink

Librarian

B.S. Education
M.Ed. Elementary Education
Reading Specialist Certification