Introducing New Exceptional Faculty and Staff | 2018-2019

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Advancing Knowledge. Transforming Lives.

We are thrilled to announce that several new faculty positions have been added as we grow our student body.We welcome the following new faculty and staff members to the City Academy family.

Erika Austin
Early Childhood STEAM Teacher

Previous School & Role – Larimore Elementary School (1st Grade Teacher)
Education – B.S. in Education, Early Childhood (B-3), University of Missouri-St. Louis

“It is my greatest hope to provide all students and staff with the most positive, loving, and engaging learning environment. I want students to feel included in their learning experience; I believe meaningful experiences in education can greatly impact students’ success in the future. I want to be a part of a student’s growth, while maximizing their strengths and using those strengths to help aid any weaknesses.


Jane Campbell
Development Assistant

Experience– Volunteer and Donor at City Academy; Volunteer at the United Way of Greater St. Louis; Co-Founder of The Policy Circle, St. Louis branch; Parent Volunteer and Community Leader at MICDS
Education– B.A. Political Science and Communication, The State University of New York at Buffalo

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”


Jennifer Glassmeyer
Alumni Support & Community Relations Coordinator

Experience– Licensed Professional Counselor; Crisis Counselor in Madison County, Illinois; School Counselor, St. Louis Public Schools; Child and Adolescent Counselor, Madison County Public Schools in Illinois
Education– M.A. in Education, University of St. Louis-Missouri (UMSL); B.A. Psychology, UMSL

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to work in an educational environment that is unlike any other in St. Louis. It is like coming home, as I have spent so much time at City Academy over the years.”


Keith Griffin
Math Teacher, 1st & 2nd Grades

Previous Schools & Roles – Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District (Teacher for Grades 1-3);
US Peace Corps, Thailand (Teacher Collaborator); Center for Inquiry in Science Teaching & Learning (Investigator/Editor)
Education – M.A. in Education, Washington University in St. Louis; B.A. in Art History, Oglethorpe University

“By enabling my students to have an active imagination, I encourage them to dream of a world where not only tolerance is promoted, but one where alternative visions are embraced. As a person, I value difference; as an educator, I utilize difference to make learning accessible for all students.”


Jeff Horwitz
Early Childhood Director

Previous Schools & Roles – Chesterfield Day School (Associate Head of School, Director of Academics & Student Services); MICDS (2nd Grade Teacher); Brown Elementary School (Kindergarten Teacher); Willow Brook Elementary School (K-3 Teacher)
Education – M.A., Webster University; B.A. in Elementary Education, St. Louis University

“I value education of the whole child, including but not limited to physical, musical, artistic and logical intelligences in order to create highly effective, well-rounded problem solvers who are successful, lifelong learners that work to make the world a better place.”


Erika Johnson
Early Childhood Music & Movement Teacher

Previous Schools & Roles – Fanning Middle School (Music/Science Teacher); Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Upward Bound (Counselor/Education Specialist); Art Dimensions (Education Director)
Education –  M.S. in Education, SIUE; B.S. in Business Administration, Harris Stowe University

“City Academy is a very special place filled with people who care, nurture, and support every student who enters their doors. The emphasis in the arts here only strengthens my belief that we are cultivated future leaders. In the words of Arthur O’Shannesy, and the voice of Willie Wonka, ‘We are the music makers and the dreamers of dreams.'”


Melissa Jonff
5th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Previous Schools & Roles – Jackson Charter School (Teacher for Grades 2 & 5); Aux Sable Elementary School (Teacher for Grades 2 & 4); Premier Charter School (Teacher for Grades 2 through 4)
Education – B.S. in Education, Eastern Illinois University

“An effective educator makes connections for students to understand the reasons behind their learning. I want to create a classroom that has a safe environment for students and parents to learn. I want my classroom to be filled with cooperative, social, and emotional learning. I want my students to be assertive and responsible for themselves and others. I would like students to be empathetic towards one another so they are supported by all.”


Elizabeth Rivera
Spanish Teacher, 3rd-6th Grades

Previous Schools & Roles – Assumption School (Spanish Teacher for Grades K-6); Fundacion Colegio Bennett (Math Teacher); Colegio la Milagrosa (Elementary Teacher)
Education – M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of Missouri-St. Louis (ongoing); B.A. in Elementary Education & Mathematics, Universidad Del Valle

I believe every student is a unique being with qualities and attitudes that makes them special and important. As a teacher, I believe it is my duty to offer my students a safe and trustworthy space where each of them can feel free to express themselves, but most importantly, feel loved and respected.”


Liesl Schnuck
Math Teacher, 3rd & 4th Grades

Previous Schools & Roles – Carver Elementary School (3rd Grade Teacher); Whitman Elementary School (Teach For America – 3rd Grade & Soccer Coach); Villa Duchesne & Oak Hill (5th/6th Grade Science Teacher); City Academy (Summer School Teacher)
Education – M.S. in Education, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in Sociology/Elementary Education, University of Richmond

“It is my goal to work on a team that sets exceptionally high expectations for students, values the family-school partnership, and creates a nurturing environment where all students will flourish. I believe City Academy provides just that and more.”


Tayler Stagge
Early Childhood Assistant

Previous School & Roles – City Academy (Extended Day Assistant, Summer School Teacher)
Education – B.S. in Education, Early Childhood, University of Missouri-St. Louis

“I love coming to work every day and being alongside a great group of children and adults. I also love how the students are always so eager to learn…I believe that education is the foundation of life and with the help of City Academy, our students will be prepared for anything.” 

Learn more about all faculty and staff at City Academy

Our student body is growing because of the generosity of friends like you. Learn more about The Campaign for City Academy.

 

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Painting a Transformation

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2018 Graduation Speech by Taniyah Whalen ’18 (Villa Duchesne ’24)

Good evening, my name is Taniyah Whalen.

This evening I will be sharing 2 paintings that I painted to represent my story as a scholar at City Academy.

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Titanium

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2018 Graduation Song by Derrick Pitts ’18

Good evening my name is Derrick Pitts. Attending City Academy has taught me many things and I am grateful for all of the opportunities that I have been granted through my time here.

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Medanie Dance

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2018 Graduation Performance by Lillie Harrison ’18

Good evening, my name is Lillie Harrison.

Today, on my graduation day, I will be performing a West African dance called Medanie. Through this dance I will express how I have risen from a person who lacked confidence and a positive mind-set to a person who has gained confidence and resilience through her journey.

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Amazing Grace

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2018 Graduation Song by Kenneth Cunningham ’18 (Life Academy ’24)

Good evening my is Kenneth Cunningham and this evening I will be playing one of my favorite, songs Amazing Grace. I selected this song because City Academy has shown grace to me and this evening, as I say goodbye to my City Academy family, I am so thankful for the amazing things I am able to take with me. So I thought it would be appropriate to play this song.

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From Grain to Slab

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2018 Graduation Speech by Shayla Danzie ’18 (John Burroughs ’24)

If the many years I’ve spent at City Academy have taught me anything, it’s that hard work provides you with opportunities. Since the very beginning of my career as a scholar here at City Academy, I have been given numerous opportunities that have shape me into the student and person I am today. The poem I’ve written, titled ‘From Grain to Slab’ represents the hard work that I’ve had to put forth in order to get these opportunities and how I’ve used them to benefit myself.

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The First Day

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2018 Graduation Speech by Al-Amin Anderson-El
 ’18

I can very vividly recall my first day at City Academy. Walking through the doors, I froze. Everything seemed so massive. The hallways seemed to run miles long, the steps where like stepping stones and I was for sure to need a map just to find my way to the cafeteria or the art room for that matter.

Thinking back on my first day, I remember gathering outside to line up and being mesmerized by the sea of kids on the turf field. There were crying kids, laughing kids, screaming kids, and excited for the first day of school kids. And then, there was me, frozen, overwhelmed by my first day of “real school”.

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Frosty Velvet Moon

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2018 Graduation Speech by Caeley Wilson ’18 (Villa Duchesne ’23)

Good Evening, my name is Caeley Wilson.

I will be presenting a poem I wrote entitled, “Frosty Velvet Moon” and a painting of the phases of the moon. The poem represents me and my journey at City Academy and how I have grown, the painting represents my stages at City Academy.

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Key to Success

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2018 Graduation Speech by Walter Lindsey ’18 (MICDS ’24)

Good evening, my name is Walter Lindsey.

As my final day here as a student of City Academy, I would like to review my journey that has brought me to where I stand today.

When I first walked through the doors of this great school, I was a locked door; lacking its key. I isolated myself from my peers and ultimately, the school community. I refused to find my key or better yet, I refused to allow anyone into my space; excluding everyone from what truly rested within me. But one day, I decided I no longer wanted to dwell in such anguish and mustard up the nerve to find my key.

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My Journey Blooms

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2018 Graduation Speech by Chloe Martin ’18 (MICDS ’24)

Good evening, my name is Chloe Martin.

This evening I will be reciting a poem I wrote entitled “My Journey Blooms.”
 The poem tells the story of a flower that started as a little seed, and throughout the seasons of life blossomed into a beautiful flower.

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