Teachers A-Z

Miss Katie Burger

Grades 6, 7, 8 – Literature, Art, Computer

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Education: I received my education degree and certification from Webster University.

Background info: In addition to teaching, I am also the director of ArtCare, a K-5th arts and science after-school program in Webster Groves since 2010. I subbed at SMMA a year before becoming part of the full-time faculty.

Grade/subject taught: 6th grade history, 6th grade Literature, Middle school Art (6th, 7th, and 8th), 6th and 7th Grade computer.

Years at SMMA: This is my second year as a full time teacher at SMMA.

Mrs. Mary Burke

Grade 5 – Language Arts, Science, Religion

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Education: BA in Early Early Childhood Education from Fontbonne University

MAT in Multidisciplinary Studies from Webster University

Certified to teach Pre-K through 8th Grade

Background info: Parkway School District, St. Simon the Apostle PSR, Lindbergh School District

Grade/subject taught: 5th Grade Language Arts, Science, and Religion

Years at SMMA: 2

Mrs. Cindy Cashel

Grades 6, 7, 8 – Learning Consultant

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Education:

B.S. degrees from Quincy University in Elementary Education and also in Special Education.

Missouri certification in both areas.

Background: 

  • 6th grade unified studies teacher at Palmyra Middle School in Palmyra, MO
  • 8th grade teacher at St. James the Greater in St. Louis

SMMA positions:

  • (Current)  Learning Consultant (middle school)
  • (Previous) Resource teacher (middle school)
  • 6th grade teacher (Lang. Arts, Math, and Science)
  • (Extra)  Co-chair of VBRD program
  • Student Council moderator
  • Finishing my 32nd year at SMMA

Mr. Paul Cooper

Religion

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Teaches Religion and works with alumni and other various SMMA tasks

Mrs. Nancy Coughlin

Grades 6, 7, 8, – Literature, English, Religion

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Education: St. Louis University B.A. with double major in English and History plus 20 hours

Religious Certification

Background info: Taught PSR at QAS for twelve years while teaching at SMMA

Parent Welcome Letter

Grade/subject taught: 6-8

Literature, English, Religion

Years at SMMA: 35

In addition to teaching, I facilitate three academic competitions each year: Vianney Decathlon, the American Scholastic League Competition, and the Dubourg Scholar Bowl.  I also facilitate the seventh grade work with DePaul USA coordinating fundraising and activities. I have been a Bellarmine Speech Coach for the whole time at SMMA.  I was the coordinator until this year.

Mrs. Terri Doerr

Pre-Kindergarten

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Education: BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Minor in History from the University of Missouri, Columbia

Experience:

  • Kindergarten Teacher-  3Years, Mary Queen of the Universe
  • Tutored-10 years
  • Substitute Teacher- 8 years, Preschool thru 8th Grade
  • Pre-Kindergarten- 7 years, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Currently: Teaching Pre-Kindergarten- 7 years, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Years at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: 7 years teaching, 8 years subbing

Thank you for all your hard work that you do for St. Margaret Mary.

Mrs. Janine Everett

Grade 2

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Education:

BS Early Childhood & Elementary Education from UMSL

Background:

  • First Grade at Holy Redeemer – 4 years
  • Second Grade at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque – 8.5 years
  • Kindergarten Aide at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque – 4 years
  • Second Grade at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque – 16 years

Mrs. Kathy Fischer

STREAM Lab

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Grade/Subject taught:  STREAM Lab Coordinator

Marianne-Freiling

Mrs. Marianne Freiling

Principal

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Education: 

Graduated summa cum laude from St. Louis University in 1974 with BA in German and Elementary Education

Received Master of Educational Administration degree from St. Louis University in 2001

Obtained catechist and coordinator of religious education certifications from Archdiocese of St. Louis, Paul VI Institute

Serve as Treasurer for the Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association

Background:

List of schools that have shaped my classroom teacher experience:

Hillsboro R-3 Elementary School – Grade 2

Columbia, Missouri Public Schools – Field Elementary – Grade 1

Columbia, Missouri Catholic Schools – Our Lady of Lourdes – Grades 1, 2, 3

St. Simon School, Archdiocese of St. Louis – Grades 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

List of school that have formed my administrative experience

St. Francis of Assisi School, Archdiocese of St. Louis – Assistant Principal

St. Simon School, Archdiocese of St. Louis – Principal

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School, Archdiocese of St. Louis

Grade/subject taught: Principal of SMMA since 2008

Years at SMMA: 9

Dr. Debbie Fucoloro

Technology

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Google Certified Educator

 

Role at SMMA: Technology Coordinator / Instructional Technology Specialist

 

Education:

  • BA Elementary Education & MAT Education Technology, Webster University
  • PhD Educational Studies/Curriculum & Instruction, Saint Louis University

Background:

  • St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School, St. Louis, MO 2013-Present
  • Technology Coordinator/Instructional Technology Specialist
  • St. Clement of Rome School, Des Peres, MO 1997-2012
  • Instructional Technology Specialist (blended position), 2003-2012
  • 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher & Department Coordinator, 2006-2012
  • 7th Grade Science Teacher, 2005-2006
  • 7th Grade Religion Teacher, 2003-2005
  • 4th Grade Teacher, 1997-2003
  • St. Francis of Assisi School, St. Louis, MO
  • 3rd Grade Teacher, 1993-1997

Grade/subject taught: K-8 Instructional Technology, Makerspace & Innovation

 

Years at SMMA: 4 years

Miss Kathy Gallagher

Kindergarten

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Education: BA in Education, MA in education emphasis on Early Childhood, certified in Early Childhood, and  certified in Early Childhood Special Education, listed in Who’s Who in American Education

Background: Long term sub  6 months in 5th grade at St. Timothy, 11 years teaching first grade at SMMA, remainder of years at SMMA have been in Kindergarten

Grade taught: Kindergarten

Years at SMMA: 40

Mrs. Ursula Garcia

Music

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Education: BA in German. minor in Spanish, Teaching certification K-12

Background: Taught Music at Immacolata 1983-1987, taught a self contained 1st grade class at St. John The Baptist grade school on Delor 1987-1988, taught a self contained 2nd grade class at St Bernadette grade school 1988-1989, Church organist at SMMA 1993-2009, Music director at SMMA 1999-2001, Music teacher at SMMA 1999-prestent.(17 years)

Mrs. Sue Gargiula

Preschool, 3 year-olds

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Education: Attended Southwest Missouri State

Background: I taught at Notre Dame Preschool in the 2 year old room and the 4 year old room for 4 years.

Grade/subject taught: 3 year old Preschool

Years at SMMA: 6 years

Ms. Katie Gillum

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Mrs. Lisa Kreamalmeyer

Grade 5

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My name is Lisa Kreamalmeyer. I am a  5th grade teacher at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School. My goal as a teacher is to help my students reach their fullest potential, and instill a love of learning in them. I am committed to providing my students with the best education possible.

I have over 30 years of experience in education and 19 of those years have been spent at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. I began my educational career as a 5th grade teacher and am fortunate to still presently be teaching 5th grade students. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Southeast Missouri State University.

When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have 5 grandchildren who always keep me busy and on the go. I also enjoy traveling and visiting new places.

Mrs. Christine Kremer

Pre-Kindergarten

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Teaching/Employment Experience:

  •  2005-2015  Our Lady of Lourdes School in University City
  •  1990-2005  St. Matthias the Apostle School

My experience at Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Matthias included:

  • 3rd grade homeroom teacher
  • 4th grade math teacher
  • 5th grade reading teacher
  • Resource teacher
  • Assistant kindergarten teacher
  • Substitute teacher
  • Librarian
  • Rectory secretary
  • PRESENT ROLE AT SMMA:  Pre-K Teaching Assistant

YEARS AT SMMA: Two

Mrs. Barb Krus

Physical Education

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PE teacher

Miss Jessica Lazzara

Grade 3

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Grade/subject taught: Grade 3

Mr. Gerry Liebmann

Music

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Grade/Subject taught:  Music grades 4-8

Mrs. Tracey Miesner

School Secretary

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Education:

SMMA grad, class of 1987

Cor Jesu Academy grad, class of 1991

 

Northeast Missouri State University

– BA in History, class of 1995

Truman State University (they changed their name while I was there 🙂

– MAE in Secondary Education, class of 1996

 

Employment/Role:

SMMA

– 6th grade teacher, Fall 1996- Spring 2000

– Computer teacher, Fall 2000 – Spring 2004

– Computer Technician & Trainer, Fall 2004 – Spring 2005

– Student Council Moderator, Fall 2000 – Spring 2005

 

St. Joseph – Imperial:

– School Receptionist, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

 

SMMA

– School Secretary, Summer 2015 – present

Mrs. Samantha Myers

Grades 6, 7, 8 – Science

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Education: Bachelor’s Degree from University of Missouri – St. Louis and currently working on obtaining a Mater’s Degree in Education Administration from Kansas University

Background info: Only taught at SMMA

Parent Welcome Letter

Grade/subject taught: Middle School Science

Years at SMMA: 5 years

Mrs. Michelle O’Connell

Grade 3

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I attended SFA grade school, Oakville Senior High School, and hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. I recently received my Religious Education and Apple Teacher certification. I have taught 4th grade at SFA & SMMA before taking a break to start my family.  When I returned to teaching, I taught 3rd grade at Holy Child and 1st grade at SFA. I am currently teaching 3rd grade.  This is my second year at SMMA and my seventh year teaching.  I enjoy teaching, shopping, scrapbooking and spending time with family and friends.  I am looking forward to another year at SMMA!

Mrs. Kathy Pagano

Grades 6, 7, 8 – Math

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Education:  BS Elementary Education

Certification:  K-8; 7-9 Math

Background:  I have taught in the Fox School District, and at St. Dominic Savio and St. Timothy before coming to SMMA

Grade/Subject taught: 8th grade homeroom; teach 6-8 math

Years at SMMA: 25 completed (this is my 26th year)

Mrs. Mary Proot

Grades K-5 – Learning Consultant, Math

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Education: University of Missouri – Columbia, B.S. Elementary Education and Special Education; certified in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, and Mentally Handicapped

Background info: St. Clement of Rome School;  taught second grade and was learning consultant;

Coverdell Elementary School in the School District of the City of St. Charles;  self-contained learning disabilties teacher; resource teacher; led pilot program for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop and assess resource and Class Within a Class models for special education

Grade/subject taught:  Learning Consultant for grades K – 5; 4th grade math

Years at SMMA: 8

Mrs. Carolina Rincon

Spanish

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Spanish Teacher

Miss Kathleen Regan

Grade 2

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Education: University of Missouri- St. Louis- Bachelor in Science- 2009

Background info: 2010-2012- Technology Teacher Assistant Rockwood School District

2012-2015- Fourth grade teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace

2015- present- Second grade teacher St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Grade/subject taught: Second grade teacher

Years at SMMA: two years

Mrs. Cindy Schneider

Grade 4

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Education: BS Elementary Education Grades 1-8, Minor in Social Studies Grades 4-8, & Religion Certification

Background: 33 years at SMMA

Grade/subject taught: 4th Grade Self- Contained

Years at SMMA: 33 years

Ms. Christine Skillman

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Miss Rebecca Smith

Grade 1

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Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Maryville University

Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with certification in Early Childhood Special Education from Maryville University

Background info: (i.e. previous employment or teaching experience) 10th year teaching. Taught preschool for 6 years. For the last 4 years I have taught first grade.

Grade/subject taught: First

Years at SMMA: 2

Mrs. Natalie Stieven

Grade 4

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4th grade teacher

Mrs. Mary Straszacker

Preschool and Kindergarten

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I am a Registered Nurse and my bachelor’s degree is from St. Louis University.
I was certified as a critical care nurse and worked in the Emergency Room and
Intensive Care Unit. Presently, I am working as a teacher’s aide in kindergarten and preschool. I am so blessed to have been an aide at St. Margaret Mary for the past ten years.

Mrs. Bethany Tague

Kindergarten

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Education: BA+15 hours from Fontbonne University 1991

Certified in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education

Experience: Our Lady of Fatima School, Kindergarten Teacher 1991-1993

St. Cecilia School, Preschool Director/Teacher 1993-1994

St. Joan of Arc School, Kindergarten Teacher 1994-1997

Our Lady of Fatima School, Kindergarten Teacher 1997-2005

St. Michael the Archangel School, First Grade Teacher 2005-2012

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School, Kindergarten Teacher 2012-Present

This is my 5th year at SMMA teaching Kindergarten.

Mrs. Cindy Taylor

Grades 5, 6, 7, 8 – Math

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BA Education UMSL 1977

 

39 years teaching in St Louis Archdiocese

 

Holy Redeemer: Gr 2,3 self-contained; Gr 6-8 American History, World History, Religion – 1977-82

St. Joseph (Kimmswick): Gr 2 (self-contained); Gr 6 – 8 Literature, Religion (part-time – computer,                  PE, resource for two years) – 1982-1990

Mustard Seed Preschool: PE (part-time while at St. Joe’s) – 1986

St Anthony of Padua: Gr 6 (self-contained) 1990-91

St Margaret Mary Alacoque: Gr 2, 5 (self-contained), Gr 6 Math/Science (with Gr 7 Sci one year),

Gr 5 – 8 Math (including 2 years with 4th as well) 1991-present (2018)

Mrs. Colleen Tierney

Pre-Kindergarten

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Education: BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education/University of Missouri, St.Louis MA in Elementary Education/University of Missouri, St. Louis

Background: Second Grade Teacher/Our Lady of Sorrows School/ 2 years Second Grade Teacher/Mehlville School District/10 years Grade

Currently Teaching: pre K-4 Years @ SMMA 2016-2017 was my first!

Mrs. Cathy Touzinsky

Grade 1

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Education: BA from Saint Louis University where I majored in Elementary Education and minored in Spanish; Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on literacy from the University of Missouri – Columbia

Background info: (i.e. previous employment or teaching experience) Most of my teaching career has been at SMMA. I did my student teaching at Assumption Grade School in 2nd grade; began at SMMA in 1999 teaching 2nd grade for 2 years; I taught 1st grade at Oak Hill/Villa Duchesne 2001-2002; came back to 2nd grade at SMMA in 2002; moved to 1st grade in 2015-2016 school year

Parent Welcome Letter see attached

Grade/subject taught: Grade 1

Years at SMMA: 17 years

Mrs. Janet Wallace

Grades 6, 7, 8, – Religion, Social Studies

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Education: BS in Elementary Education, 4-8 grade Social Studies Certification

Religious Certification from Paul VI Institute of Archdiocese of St. Louis

 

Background info: (i.e. previous employment or teaching experience)

2nd grade teacher for six years at Seven Holy Founders

2nd grade PSR teacher for three years at Seven Holy Founders

Parents as Teacher educator for three years with the Mehlville School District

Substitute teacher for Mehlville School District, Queen of All Saints, Assumption, and SMMA

1st grade PSR teacher for four years at SMMA

Grade/subject taught: 7th grade homeroom/ 6th grade religion/ 7th and 8th grade social studies (American history)

Years at SMMA: 10

Mrs. Debbie Walsh

School Librarian and Teacher Aide

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Role at SMMA: School Librarian and Teacher Aide

Years at SMMA: 14

Mrs. Jean Weaver

Grades 6, 7, 8 – Language Arts

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BA in education from UMSL 1985

previous schools taught at Holy Innocents and St. Mary Magdalen in the city

I have been at SMMA since 2008

seventh grade homeroom

I currently teach middle school language arts ( grammar and composition)