Our Faculty

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Name: Amant, Stephanie
Title: Director of Enrollment
Education: B.A. Communications from Missouri State University
Comments: With first-hand knowledge of how The Fulton School community can enrich the educational and social experiences of a variety of students, I love introducing prospective families to TFS and sharing what the school has meant to my family!
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Name: Anselm, Sherri
Title: Administrative Assistant to the Head
Education: B.S. Nuclear Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri - Rolla)
Comments: I am excited to be a part of The Fulton School and to meet each of the students and their families. I am passionate about education and helping families prepare their children for the future!
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Name: Austin, John
Title: Upper School English, History, Drama, A Cappella
Education: B.A. Anthropology from Duke University, Ph.D. Theatre History from University of Illinois
Comments: Strong habits of mind make an enormous difference as young people grow into adulthood. I came to The Fulton School after 12 years of working in colleges, simply because I wanted teaching to be a larger part of my day. Every day here, my principal motivation is to help students become the kind of students that college professors really want in their classrooms: students who are both fearless and thoughtful, who have well-developed problem-solving and communication skills, and who understand from their experience here that all of us together are smarter than any of us alone.
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Name: Barenkamp, Anne
Title: Upper School History, International Program Director, 1818 Program Coordinator
Education: B.A. from Rhodes College, M.A. from St. John's College
Comments: As a high school history teacher, I have the pleasure of sharing my passion for studying the past while building skills for the future with my students. We are able to examine historical evidence to uncover the values and beliefs of those who came before us, which, in turn, helps us develop our own values and beliefs. As the International Program Director, I enjoy working closely with our international students to provide academic support and promote their success both in and outside the classroom. To foster intercultural awareness and fun in our community, I work alongside international students and student ambassadors to plan activities and events, such as a celebration of the Chinese New Year. I am in my tenth year as a teacher and as a provider of international student support, and I am delighted to be a member of the diverse community of teachers and learners at The Fulton School!
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Name: Barudin, Jeffrey
Title: Lower & Upper School Music
Education: B.S. Music Education from Pennsylvania State University; M.M. Percussion Performance from University of Michigan; Ph.D. Musical Arts - Percussion Performance from University of Michigan.
Comments: Teaching music can encompass a lot of topics and skills, from playing an instrument to using music as a guide to learn about cultures around the world. No matter the topic, having the opportunity to work with curious and driven students makes being a music teacher the greatest job I can imagine. I'm very excited to bring music to life with the students at The Fulton School!
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Name: Bellchamber, Kim
Title: Learning Center Director
Education: B.S. Education, Special Education from University of Missouri-St. Louis
Comments: I am excited to be a part of The Fulton School community. Over the past 20+ years I have enjoyed teaching a variety of students and worked hard to meet their individual needs. I have been employed as a classroom teacher, and more recently, as a private tutor at several private school within the St. Louis area. My favorite part of teaching is when I run into a former student or their parents, and I get to hear how well they are doing. Maybe they are graduating from college or starting their own business, or I find out that they now love reading and going to school. To hear that they are successful and independent makes my heart swell because I know that I played a part in that student’s success.
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Name: Burns, Juliet
Title: 4-5-6 Math & Science
Education: B.A. from University of Hawaii
Comments: I am so excited to continue my path as an educator at The Fulton School. I look forward to becoming part of such a caring and nurturing school that encourages its students to seek out their interests and explore who they are as individuals and as a part of a community. It brings me joy to see students apply what they have learned to their everyday life. At the Fulton School the opportunity for real world, hands on learning seems boundless. I can’t wait to be a part of it.
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Name: Dicker, Bridget
Title: Toddlers / Preschool / Kindergarten
Education: Diploma: American Montessori Society- MOMTEP Reading Reflex Instructor
Comments: I get to see the joy on children’s’ faces as they exclaim “I did it!” I get to learn as much as I teach. There’s nothing like a child’s perspective to keep you in the present. It’s the best gig in town!
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Name: Douglass, Kara
Title: Head of School
Education: B.A. English Literature and German Studies from Rice University, M.A. Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary, AMS Montessori Certificate 3-6 year olds
Comments: I love being in an environment where *everyone* is learning to be the best version of themselves they can be. We all take risks; we all grow; we all work as a team to create an ideal learning community. This makes for a pretty happy, fulfilling, and inspiring group!
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Name: Doyle, Sarah
Title: Business Manager
Education: B.S. Accounting from Truman State University; Certified Public Accountant
Comments: I love this community and knowing we're making a difference in kids' lives.
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Name: Hahn, Laura
Title: Director of Marketing
Education: B.A. English with Journalism minor from Missouri State University
Comments: As the marketer of The Fulton School, I spend a good deal of time observing, watching this unique and amazing education unfold firsthand. It could be a preschooler experiencing an A-HA moment in the Montessori classroom, or a teacher closing his eyes and whispering "Yes!" as a student grasps a physics concept, or maybe a shy fourth grader who ends her first Science Fair presentation in front of her class with a grin from ear to ear, or it could be that teenager who performs a random act of kindness undetected in the back hallway. Being present for these types of everyday happenings at The Fulton School gives me the best seat in the house for telling the TFS story. Best. Job. Ever.
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Name: Hassan, Shadia
Title: Preschool / Kindergarten, Upper School Art, Arabic
Education: B.A. Fine Arts from Lebanese University, American Montessori Society (AMS) Teaching Certificate 3-6 Year Olds
Comments: I love to see the light go on in the children’s eyes when they learn something new and their energy energizes me. Also, I love and enjoy the newness of each day with the preschoolers. I get a great deal of satisfaction and joy. I love to hear the kids’ questions, explanations and ideas. I love seeing the new discoveries every day.
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Name: Hurwitz, Seth
Title: Upper School English
Subtitle: Director of College Counseling
Education: B.A. Literature and Language from Bennington College, M.A. English and American Literature from Washington University, Ph.D. English and American Literature from Washington University
Comments: My favorite moments as a teacher come when I realize the conversation has taken off--and that, if I were to leave the room, it would continue; when the students' desire to share their ideas and to learn from one another has overridden their collective notion that teachers only teach and students only learn: when they feel enthusiastic about exploring a poem, pressuring an idea, considering their own writing--when they're joyfully learning, in other words, for the sake of learning. That's when I learn the most and when I know I'm doing my job. And that's when I have the most fun with it, too.
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Name: Kruger, Kristen
Title: 1-2-3, Lower School Art
Education: B.A. Paralegal Studies from Maryville University; M.A. Education from Maryville University. AMS (American Montessori Society) Certificate for 3-6 year olds, 0-3 training from MECA, and 6-9 training from Houston Montessori Center.
Comments: Children are attempting to establish their independence and determine where they fit into the world. Helping to foster their independence and find their place in the world is my source of joy and purpose. It’s not my classroom, it’s our classroom. It’s our place to grow and learn and to try new things.
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Name: Lannert, Tracy
Title: 4-5-6 Language Arts & Social Studies
Education: B.S. Elementary Education from Missouri State University, M.A. Education from University of Missouri-St. Louis, Certifications: Elementary Education 1-9, Library/Media Specialist K-12, French Education K-9
Comments: I love teaching because every day I learn something new about myself, the world and my students and because I work in a place that celebrates every thing that is special about children. I am honored to be teaching some of the most wonderful children on the planet.
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Name: Loyd, Diane
Title: Assistant Head of School | Athletic Director
Education: B.S. Medical Technology from St. Louis University, B.S. Physician Assistant from St. Louis University
Comments: The overall attitude towards students at The Fulton School is one of compassion, support and love. Students are valued for who they are and what they bring to the classroom. While the academics are challenging, the students are supported emotionally and physically as they learn to love learning on all levels. The school is a happy place, filled with curious, engaged students; caring and creative teachers and an administrative staff that supports both. I am proud to be part of this wonderful institution.
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Name: Melendez, Martha
Title: Lower & Upper School Spanish
Education: B.A. and M.A. French from St. Louis University
Comments: I am excited to be a part of The Fulton School and its community. For the past 10 years, I have been teaching international languages to children/adults ages 12 and up. This year will be a new year for me as I am beginning to teach pre-K through 5th grade as well. It's a new path, and I am delighted at the opportunity. I look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you.
Name: Mertz, Valerie
Title: Farm Manager | Resident Beekeeper
Education: B.A. Biology from Middlebury College (Vermont); M.A. Educational Processes from Maryville University
Comments: Agriculture and gardening are keystones in my life. For 42 years, I have enjoyed assisting my husband’s soybean and corn operation at Mertz Farms in Elsberry, MO. I have also enjoyed years of vegetable and flower gardening, canning, freezing, and preserving homegrown produce. There isn’t anything more relaxing than getting lost in weeding, pruning, and planting a garden. I am a member of the Master Gardeners of St. Charles County and of iris and daffodil societies. I look forward to sharing my passion for agriculture and gardening with the students of The Fulton School.
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Name: Mitchell, Skyler
Title: Middle & Upper School Science & Math
Education: B.A. from the University of Missouri - St Louis
Comments: I am excited to be a part of The Fulton School community. Over the first 10 years of my professional career I was given many opportunities to gain hands-on experience working as a scientist specializing in plant genetics, transformation, and gene editing. It has always been a passion of mine to be able to spark inspiration and to share my experience with the future generations of young scientists, and I believe that The Fulton School is the perfect place for me to do just that.
Name: Platz, Rick
Title: Facilities Manager
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Name: Sharma, Audrey
Title: Lower & Upper School PE
Education: B.S. Physical Education from Central Missouri State University; M.S. Kinesiology, Leisure and Sport Sciences from University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
Comments: "Love what you do and do what you love"... I couldn't ask for a better career. My students' energy is contagious, and they keep me excited to come to school each day.
Name: Steurer, Deborah
Title: Learning Center Reading Specialist
Education: B.A. Elementary Education from Notre Dame College, M.A. Special Education from St. Louis University, Ph.D. Educational Administration from St. Louis University
Comments: Sharing time with a child learning is an amazing joy. For me, the opportunity to support children as they learn, as they discover their talents, feel good about themselves, and grow is a gift. Each child, each new day is another blessing.
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Name: Taylor, JT
Title: Upper School Science & Math
Education: B.A. Mathematics from Wabash College
Comments: I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of The Fulton School. I look forward to engaging students with a challenging curriculum while providing the support and encouragement they need to be successful.
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Name: Toujàs, Gabriela
Title: Upper School Spanish
Education: B.A Education and Fine Arts from National College of Fine Arts P. Pueyrredon (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Comments: I love teaching Spanish because I am able to incorporate and show my own roots, not only through language but also through culture. I grow as an individual when I listen to them ask their questions in Spanish - knowing they want to learn and speak the language. Being a part of this experience is incredible for me!
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Name: Urbano, Lensyl
Title: Upper School Science & Math
Subtitle: Makerspace Director
Education: B.S. from York College (CUNY), PhD Geology and Geophysics from University of Minnesota, Montessori Secondary(I) credential, Houston Montessori Center
Comments: I've always been impressed by the creativity and ingenuity students display when given the opportunity; they learn so much more when they are engaged with the work. I find that my primary role as a teacher is to try to spark students' interests and imaginations, to create an exciting environment where we can all learn.