Teachers

David Bosch
David Bosch
David Bosch David Bosch

Middle School Math Teacher

Dave is thrilled to be LPA's Middle School Math Teacher this school year! This will be his 5th year working at LPA and he brings a variety of experience to the team! Previously, Dave worked as a 4th and 5th grade classroom teacher in the St. Louis Public School District and founded the DIG it! (Developing the Inner Girl) after-school volleyball program for girls in the city. As a life-long St. Louis citizen Dave is excited about continuing to help LPA work toward its mission and vision. You can catch him trying new restaurants around the city, cooking for his wife Mrs. Robertson-Bosch, or walking his faithful dog Charlie around Lafayette Square!


Rich Burns
Rich Burns
Rich Burns Rich Burns

Physical Education Teacher

Rich is excited to begin his first year at Lafayette Preparatory Academy as the new Physical Education Teacher. Although this is Rich's first year working for LPA, he has taught preschool through eighth grade health and physical education classes for the last five years. Rich has lived in St. Louis his entire life, and he and his wife currently live in Fenton. Rich and his wife have two dogs, Frank and Vito, who are crazy, but they enjoy including them on their adventures. In his spare time, Rich and his wife enjoy doing anything and everything outdoors: camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating....you name it! Rich is excited to get to know the students and families of LPA!


Lisa Carlin
Lisa Carlin
Lisa Carlin Lisa Carlin

Second Grade Teacher

Lisa graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2011 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Before working at LPA, Lisa gained experience in both early childhood and special education settings. Lisa resides in Affton with her family. When she is not working, she loves to read, watch movies, and be outside with her family. Lisa believes that teaching is a lifelong learning process. She is consistently inspired by the LPA community of teachers, parents, and students to learn and grow more. She works to instill the same love of learning in her students.


Christene Sinasky
Christene Sinasky
Christene Sinasky Christene Sinasky

Teacher's Assistant

Christene Sinasky is originally from Los Angeles, California. She currently attends the University of Missouri, Saint Louis - majoring in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education. In Christene’s free time she enjoys going on hikes, rock climbing, and spending time with her family.


Sarah Demezier
Sarah Demezier
Sarah Demezier Sarah Demezier

Kindergarten Teacher

Sarah Demezier is an LPA Kindergarten teacher. Sarah was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is Haitian-American and speaks Haitian Creole fluently. Sarah attended Stony Brook University where she received a BA in English. In 2011, Sarah moved to St. Louis and started her career as an Early childhood educator with the support of Teach For America-St. Louis. Sarah worked at Sigel Elementary as a preschool teacher for 3 years. During her time at Sigel, she gained her MEd in Early Childhood Education at University of Missouri-St. Louis. She enjoys reading, singing, loves to try new food, and spending quality time with her partner Kevin and her dog Pharah. Ms. Demezier is looking forward to having another great year of learning and fun in Kindergarten.


Emily Dillon
Emily Dillon
Emily Dillon Emily Dillon

Special Education Teacher

Emily is excited to start her first year at LPA as part of the Special Education team! Before coming to LPA, Emily spent her time as a special education teacher in SLPS and as a 2nd grade teacher and Learning Support Specialist at another charter school in St. Louis. When she's not at school, Emily is a troop leader of a Girl Scouts Troop in the South City/Tower Grove area and a youth leader at Jubilee Church. On the weekends you can find Emily baking, reading, doing house projects, watching a movie or playing video games with her husband Cody and exploring the surrounding neighborhoods with their dog, Eevee. Emily can't wait to watch your children's brains grow and is excited to spend her monumental 5th year of teaching here at LPA!


Anna DiVesta
Anna DiVesta
Anna DiVesta Anna DiVesta

Music Teacher

Anna DiVesta is thrilled to be joining the LPA team this year as the music specialist! She cannot wait to share her love of music with you all. Anna currently owns and operates her own music school with locations in the city as well as in Chesterfield. Additionally, she is the minister of music at Ivy Chapel UCC in Chesterfield. Prior to moving to Saint Louis, Anna worked as a buyer for a music store chain in Seattle. To say she loves music is an understatement. She graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL with a Bachelors in Music. When she is not busy doing something musical, she absolutely loves to spend time with her fabulous husband and two amazing boys!


Alissa Gadouas
Alissa Gadouas
Alissa Gadouas Alissa Gadouas

Alissa Gadouas is thrilled to be a part of the LPA Fourth Grade Team! Alissa is a transplant from Kalamazoo, Michigan but has been living and teaching in Saint Louis for the last 5 years. Prior to LPA, Alissa worked with students in Saint Louis Public Schools as a 3rd through 5th grade English Language Arts teacher. Alissa also worked as the school's reading specialist. Alissa graduated from the University of Missouri Saint Louis with a Masters degree is early childhood education and obtained her reading certification. Alissa is excited to be returning to LPA as the fourth grade teacher again this year!


Gianni Gardiner
Gianni Gardiner
Gianni Gardiner Gianni Gardiner

Special Education Teacher

Gianni is excited be a part of the special education team at LPA. Gianni was introduced to the community through hosting the Violin Club with first and second grade students. After meeting the excellent students and staff she decided to enroll her children at LPA, and is excited to have both of her children at school this year. Gianni has a master's in social work and worked in social work education and evaluation, specializing in teaching research methods, prior to coming to LPA. She is passionate about the mission, and is excited to support the growth and learning of all students. When she is not at school Gianni enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, making music with her sisters, and finding a few spare minutes to stick her nose in a good book. She looks forward to meeting you at a play date at City Garden or Lafayette Park!


Amy Hertert
Amy Hertert
Amy Hertert Amy Hertert

First Grade Teacher

Amy Hertert joined the first grade team at Lafayette Preparatory Academy in 2014. Amy moved to St. Louis from Oregon where she taught for 4 years. Amy graduated from the University of Oregon in 2008 with a bachelors degree in education and a bachelors degree in ethnic studies. In 2009 she received her masters degree in educational studies. Before attending graduate school, she worked for several years providing early intervention services for young children and has a strong background in differentiated instruction. She is dedicated to supporting each student individually and creating a learning environment that is purposeful, meaningful, and empowering. When Amy is not teaching, she loves reading, sewing and riding her bike around the city.


Sarah Hunt
Sarah Hunt
Sarah Hunt Sarah Hunt

Technology Teacher

Sarah Hunt is excited to begin her second year at LPA. As the technology teacher, Mrs. Hunt enjoys working with students to build basic computer skills and build dynamic portfolios. A St. Louis native, Mrs. Hunt graduated from Webster University with B.A. degrees in Studio Art and Communications, and is beginning graduate school at University of Missouri – St. Louis this fall. She has worked with The French School at St. Louis Language Immersion Schools and also as a graphic designer in the nonprofit sector. Mrs. Hunt enjoys spending time with her husband, Colin, and two dogs, Texas and Journey, cooking, reading, and working on projects around the new house. “Technology will not replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers can be transformational.” –George Couros


Heather Johnson
Heather Johnson
Heather Johnson Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is new to the LPA Team. She will be teaching 3rd Grade, with an emphasis in Math. Previously, Heather was working as a substitute teacher at LPA while completing her degree in Elementary Education through Western Governors University. Heather and her husband recently moved into the city of St. Louis and are excited to be part of the LPA family. Heather is excited for the upcoming school year and is looking forward to the new experiences LPA has to offer.


Steve
Steve "Mr. Kupp" Kuppinger
Steve Steve "Mr. Kupp" Kuppinger

Art Teacher

Kupp is so very grateful that his life landed him on the staff of LPA. When he received his Masters Degree in Fine Art, his intent was to teach at the University level, but he knows now that teaching art in grade school is where he belongs. The joy and excitement that the students bring into the art studio is a constant inspiration that challenges him and brings out the best in his instruction. He remains dedicated to his own art as well and brings that passion into the classroom. He believes that to teach art to its fullest, he must remain a practitioner himself. Kupp and the students trade inspiration back and forth in a tight knit young artist community. He believes in using art as a tool to contextualize the knowledge that the students receive in their homerooms and he strives to collaborate with the rest of the faculty as much as possible. In addition to teaching hands-on skills, Kupp also brings history, math, and science into his lessons as much as possible. He believes in a never ending circle where we imagine, inquire, create, and inspire. Kupp’s most fundamental belief about art education paraphrases an old Pablo Picasso quote: “All children are artists,” until someone tells them they’re not and the child mistakenly believes them.


Donna McMillen
Donna McMillen
Donna McMillen Donna McMillen

Second Grade Teacher

Donna McMillen joined the second grade team in 2016. Previously, she taught multiple elementary grades, Spanish and ESL in St. Louis and in Kansas City. She graduated in 1998 from K-State University, and is certified in Elementary and Early Childhood. She lives in Franz Park with her son. She believes teaching is exciting, every child can learn, and that parents and teachers are teammates. When she is not teaching, she enjoys canoeing, painting, singing Irish music, reading, embroidery, creating designs with henna, and attending recreations of the Middle Ages.


Erin Mikel
Erin Mikel
Erin Mikel Erin Mikel

Third Grade Teacher

Erin Mikel is new to the LPA team this year. She will be teaching 3rd grade with an emphasis in Reading. Erin grew up in Eureka and has recently moved to the city. She attended the University of Missouri where she received a bachelor’s degree in Communication and minors in HDFS and Leadership & Public Service. She then joined Teach For America Saint Louis where she taught 2nd and 3rd grade at Aspire Academy. In addition, Erin has earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. Erin loves to spend time with her new puppy and crafting. She is excited to be at LPA!


Ted Milburn
Ted Milburn
Ted Milburn Ted Milburn

Fourth Grade Teacher

Ted Milburn is delighted to become a part of the LPA community as a fourth-grade teacher. Mr. Milburn graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2008. He worked for four years at a Special Education high school as an Instructional Assistant, where he came to realize that ALL students have the potential for growth and excellence in their lives. Over the past four years, he has been teaching fourth and fifth grade students in Denver, Colorado. He enjoys getting to know each child as an individual and finding ways to capitalize on their strengths to support their areas in need of development. Mr. Milburn enjoys camping, hiking, watching movies, and spending quality time with his wife and two daughters. He is excited to meet all of his new students this year!


Erin Munoz
Erin Munoz
Erin Munoz Erin Munoz

Teacher's Assistant

Erin Muñoz is very excited to be a Teacher's Assistant at LPA! Before joining the team in 2018, Erin attended the University of Evansville where she majored in secondary social studies education. She was drawn to LPA because of the community feel and the commitment to students. When not at school, Erin likes to crochet and explore St. Louis.


Olivia Pocost
Olivia Pocost
Olivia Pocost Olivia Pocost

Middle School Science Teacher

Olivia Pocost is so excited to be joining the LPA team this year as the Middle School Science Teacher! Olivia spent last year teaching early childhood and substitute teaching at Rohan Woods School. Prior to that, she taught middle school science for two years in the Saint Louis Public School District. Olivia graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in communication and then went on to get her Master’s degree in Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She loves being creative, cooking, and spending time with her two dogs, Rosie and Neera!


Emily Robertson
Emily Robertson
Emily Robertson Emily Robertson

First Grade Teacher

Emily Robertson teaches first grade at LPA. Before coming to LPA, Emily has worked with students in a range of capacities and locations, from urban middle schools in Durham, North Carolina, to rural primary schools in Muhuru Bay, Kenya. Emily also taught elementary school at a charter school in north St. Louis for several years before coming to LPA. Emily attended Duke University in North Carolina and is originally from South Carolina. She is happy to call St. Louis home and be part of the revitalization movement in our city!


Amy Stricker
Amy Stricker
Amy Stricker Amy Stricker

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

This is Amy's first year at LPA and she is delighted to have a role on the team building LPA Middle. With 16 years of classroom experience, she previously worked in the Webster Groves School District as a social studies teacher and then a gifted specialist. While Amy has extensive experience in curriculum research, writing, assessment and gifted identification; her primary joy is helping middle school students connect with the world and realize their full potential through the social studies classroom.


Jason VanBlarcum
Jason VanBlarcum
Jason VanBlarcum Jason VanBlarcum


Brigitte Viard
Brigitte Viard
Brigitte Viard Brigitte Viard

Kindergarten Teacher

Brigitte Viard is a kindergarten teacher at LPA. Brigitte was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she received a bachelors degree in both Psychology and African-American Studies. She then joined Teach For America Saint Louis and taught for 4 years as a preschool teacher at Hamilton Elementary. Brigitte has a Masters Degree in early childhood education, and is a certified reading specialist. She is working on finishing a second masters in gifted education. Brigitte has a passion for instilling a love of literacy in our youngest learners. She loves to travel, cook and spend time with friends and family. Brigitte is so excited to go into her second year as a Kindergarten teacher at LPA and is most excited about the opportunity to keep learning from little people!