Staff

Tony Atkins
Tony Atkins
Tony Atkins Tony Atkins

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David Bosch
David Bosch
David Bosch David Bosch

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Dave is thrilled to be LPA's Middle School Dean of Students this school year! This will be his 6th year working at LPA. He spent his first five years at LPA teaching 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. 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) program, an 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, traveling to new places, cooking for his wife Mrs. Robertson-Bosch, or walking his dog Charlie around Lafayette Square!


Jodi Boyd
Jodi Boyd
Jodi Boyd Jodi Boyd

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Jodi Boyd is excited to begin her Fifth year with the LPA team. Jodi graduated from Missouri Baptist University in 2011 with her degree in Early Childhood, Elementary and K-12 Cross-Categorical Special Education. She worked with the Special School District of St. Louis County for four years in an early childhood special education classroom and was then chosen to help start an intensive behavior intervention team in May 2012. While working on the behavior intervention team, she had the opportunity to work in districts all over St. Louis County helping students with high frequency and high intensity behaviors become successful within their classroom. Jodi believes that all students can succeed and enjoys helping them reach their fullest potential. She is happy to be a part of establishing Lafayette Prep and their Special Education program. In her free time, Jodi likes hanging out with her friends and family, exploring the city and spending time outdoors.


Lisa Carlin
Lisa Carlin
Lisa Carlin Lisa Carlin

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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.


Sarah Demezier
Sarah Demezier
Sarah Demezier Sarah Demezier

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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

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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!


Alissa Gadouas
Alissa Gadouas
Alissa Gadouas Alissa Gadouas

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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

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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!


Natalie Gould
Natalie Gould
Natalie Gould Natalie Gould

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Natalie Gould is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) that specializes in child and adolescent counseling. She is currently finishing supervision and training hours to become a Registered Play Therapists-Supervisor (RPT-S). Mrs. Gould has a Master’s degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology and a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She assists staff, parents, and children to build resilience and skills to succeed both socially and academically. Natalie is placed at LPA full time and meets with children during seasonal breaks. She has been a part of the LPA team since January 2017 and has enjoyed becoming part of our community.


Amy Hertert
Amy Hertert
Amy Hertert Amy Hertert

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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

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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

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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.


Ciera Major
Ciera Major
Ciera Major Ciera Major

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Ciera is excited to transition into a new role at LPA. She is a graduate of East Alton Wood River High School with secondary education from Lewis and Clark Community College as well as the Southern IL University of Edwardsville. Her love for learning began at a young age and she is committed to the belief that ever child deserves a quality education. As a fairly new resident to St Louis, Ciera is eager to begin exploring ways to be actively involved in the community she lives in. Before LPA Ciera directed 2 afterschool programs and was a Teacher’s Assistant at Montessori Children’s House in Godfrey IL. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, exploring the city, and spending time outdoors with her 9 month old yellow lab.


Susan Marino
Susan Marino
Susan Marino Susan Marino

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Susan is a St. Louis City resident dedicated to the continued revitalization of St. Louis by way of educational reform. As the founding Head of School and Executive Director for LPA, Susan has had the great privilege of collaborating to build a school community to meet the needs of students in St. Louis City. She believes that each child can and will be successful given the appropriate guidance and support. Prior to her involvement with LPA, Susan taught High School Language Arts and served as a leader in a traditional public school for seven years. For five years, Susan also worked with at-risk students in alternative schools designed for expulsions and dropouts from SLPS, Jennings, Hazelwood, and more. Susan was deeply involved in the development and implementation of the alternative schools as a teacher, Director, and Area Supervisor who managed the operation of 7 small schools. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Literature from the University of New Mexico, a Master of Arts Teaching (MAT) from Lindenwood University, and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in Educational Leadership from Webster University. Susan also serves on the Board of Kingdom House. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and traveling.


Wes Marino
Wes Marino
Wes Marino Wes Marino

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Tyler McCann
Tyler McCann
Tyler McCann Tyler McCann

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Jill McInnis
Jill McInnis
Jill McInnis Jill McInnis

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Jill McInnis is excited to work as an Instructional Coach at Lafayette Preparatory Academy. Jill graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2009 with her degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and is finishing her Master's in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading from the University of Missouri- St. Louis this year. Jill has experience working with students from many different backgrounds in both St. Louis County and St. Louis City, and she was the founding Kindergarten teacher at LPA. Jill loves working at Lafayette Prep! Jill likes to hang out with her family and friends, travel, read, walk her dog, and explore this wonderful city that we live in when she is not at LPA.


Erin Mikel
Erin Mikel
Erin Mikel Erin Mikel

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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!


Christy Murphy
Christy Murphy
Christy Murphy Christy Murphy

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Christy is an instructional coach who formerly taught fourth grade at LPA for two years. She has also taught third grade and worked as a Program Director for a mentoring and tutoring program in Saint Louis Public Schools. She attended William Jewell College and Lindenwood University, earning her M.A.T. in Elementary Education. Her unwavering belief in the special gifts of every student drives her teaching every single day. Christy is from rural Missouri, but now enjoys living in Benton Park. She frequents ice cream shops, hiking trails, and the many restaurants along Cherokee Street with her husband and two kids.


Brianne Overton
Brianne Overton
Brianne Overton Brianne Overton

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Brianne Overton is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) that specializes in child and adolescent counseling. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at University of Missouri – St. Louis in counselor education and supervision. Ms. Overton has two Master’s degrees; one in Thanatology from Hood College and the second in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. As the school counselor, Ms. Overton is here as part of a team working with parents, school staff, and community resources to help make school a caring and supportive place for our children. She will work to help students overcome barriers to their progress in their academic, social, and emotional growth by providing individual and small group counseling, fostering positive peer relationships, providing classroom guidance. Brianne enjoys working with students and having the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of children. She is looking forwarding to the upcoming school year!


Ta'Nisha Pirtle
Ta'Nisha Pirtle
Ta'Nisha Pirtle Ta'Nisha Pirtle

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Ta’Nisha Pirtle was born and raised in St.Louis Missouri and previously worked at Preclarus Mastery Academy as a front desk assistant. She is also currently enrolled as a junior at the illustrious Harris Stowe State University and is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is extremely excited to be on board here at LPA and cannot wait to be a helping hand to the LPA Staff and families. She’s very happy to have this opportunity to gain more experience in a school setting. When she is not working or studying she spends her time watching anime, sketching, reading books, and spending time with her family.


Olivia Pocost
Olivia Pocost
Olivia Pocost Olivia Pocost

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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!


Sarah Ranney
Sarah Ranney
Sarah Ranney Sarah Ranney

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Sarah is a proud LPA parent to a 2nd grader and student support dog (Lucy). She believes that every child has an inalienable right to attain an excellent education no matter their economic status, residential location, or background. This belief led her to join the incredible team at Lafayette Preparatory Academy in 2014 as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction before becoming the Head of School in 2016. Sarah joined LPA after four years working as an instructional coach with Teach For America where she focused on developing Early Childhood and Elementary teachers across the metropolitan area. She supported more than 100 teachers directly and nearly 300 teachers through content development in more than 40 schools during her tenure there. Previous to Teach For America, Sarah spent several years in the classroom in the St. Louis Public Schools and the private sector. Sarah has a Masters in School Administration from the University of Missouri- St. Louis, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster University, a Bachelor of Arts in Media Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is an elementary and eMINTS certified teacher. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in School Leadership and Superintendent Certification from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. Sarah is also a Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor and spends her spare time working with new mothers or training new Doulas. Sarah enjoys reading, knitting and exploring the St. Louis music scene with her husband, Bryan. When not at school, you might find her riding around on her tricycle or hanging out in Tower Grove park with her family and their dogs, Jackson and Lucy.


Emily Robertson
Emily Robertson
Emily Robertson Emily Robertson

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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

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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.


Roberta Williams
Roberta Williams
Roberta Williams Roberta Williams

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Roberta Williams is very happy to be school librarian and substitute teacher at LPA. After retiring from her 20+ year career teaching preschool and kindergarten in a suburb of Los Angeles and moving to St Louis, she felt a part of her was missing. She is very happy to have joined LPA, where she can continue working with children and sharing her love of reading. She enjoys bringing her cart full of books to students each week from the school library and is on call to substitute teach or help out in any way LPA needs her. She earned her BA in Elementary Education at Ball State University, Certificate in Early Childhood Development from UCLA and Masters in Multicultural Education from the University of California, Dominguez Hills. When not at LPA, she might be scraping away at 100+ years of paint in her historic home, riding her bike around Tower Grove Park, or digging in her garden.


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