Teachers

Genevieve Alander
Genevieve Alander
Genevieve Alander Genevieve Alander

Middle School Science

Genevieve is eager to join the LPA team this year as the Middle School Science Teacher! Although a native to St. Louis, Genevieve has spent the past four years teaching in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to teaching, Genevieve started a non-profit bakery with the mission of mentoring at-risk youth through the process of business and baking. She majored in Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing at Creighton University and then pursued a Master’s Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University. When Genevieve’s not in the classroom, she enjoys yoga, baking, swimming, traveling and hanging out with family and friends.


Aaron Arnold
Aaron Arnold
Aaron Arnold Aaron Arnold

Physical Education Teacher

Coach Arnold is ecstatic to join the LPA team as the physical education teacher. Coach comes to us from Missouri State University where he graduated with a bachelors of science degree in education. Coach “A” believes that life is inevitably full of ups and downs and the key to succeeding is persevering through the valleys and staying humble during life’s peaks; Coach wants to pass those qualities down to his students. This will be Coach Arnold’s first year as a full-time teacher. He has always had a passion for the city of St. Louis and resides in south city as he not only wants to work with the community, but be a part of it too. Coach has been a collegiate level athlete, ran several marathons, and lived in various parts of the country. Coach believes that every student learns and processes information differently. Physical education is an important atmosphere where information can be presented kinesthetically and help students synthesize information. Coach is excited to not only teach the students of LPA, but learn from them too.


Brooke Bennett
Brooke Bennett
Brooke Bennett Brooke Bennett

Third Grade Teacher

Brooke Bennett moved to St. Louis from San Francisco to pursue her passion in education. She graduated from Maryville University in 2015 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Before starting at LPA, Brooke was a first grade teacher at The Biome School. She loves to learn, create, and explore with her class utilizing project-based and inquiry learning. Brooke is in the process of completing her Master of Education degree at UMSL in Educational Psychology. Aside from teaching, Brooke is passionate about nature and the outdoors. She loves to go hiking and kayaking with her two dogs, Jack and Ollie. Brooke is thrilled to continue her teaching career at LPA and is looking forward to collaborating with staff and families.


David Bosch
David Bosch
David Bosch David Bosch

Middle School Math Teacher

Dave is thrilled to be LPA's first Middle School Math Teacher this school year! This will be his 4th 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 bartending on Fridays at McGurk's, cooking for his wife Mrs. Robertson-Bosch, or walking his faithful dog Charlie around Lafayette Square Park!


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. In her 2nd year at LPA, Lisa is teaching math, science, and social studies to both 2nd grade classes. Before working at LPA, Lisa gained experience in both early childhood and special education settings. Lisa resides in Benton Park 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

Kindergarten Teacher

Sarah Demezier is an LPA Kindergarten teacher. Sarah was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is Haitian and speaks Haitian Creole fluently. Sarah attended Stony Brook University where she received a BA in English. Four years ago, 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. Ms. Demezier says, “I absolutely love teaching young children and cannot wait to continue to do so with Kindergarten!”


Kelsey Distler
Kelsey Distler
Kelsey Distler Kelsey Distler

Teacher Assistant


Bridget Doughty
Bridget Doughty
Bridget Doughty Bridget Doughty

Teacher's Assistant


Amy Fortier
Amy Fortier
Amy Fortier Amy Fortier

Amy Fortier is excited to be joining the LPA team as a Special Education teacher. Mrs. Fortier has always had a passion for teaching, and brings with her seven years of prior teaching experience. She has had the opportunity to teach throughout the country in various educational settings in Texas, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, and now Missouri. Mrs. Fortier received her Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, where she was also awarded the honors of M.B. Zale Leadership Scholar. When not at school, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, Hunter, as well as their dog, Max. She also enjoys traveling, running, cooking, and trying new restaurants in her spare time.


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 four years. Prior to LPA, Alissa worked with students in Saint Louis Public Schools as a 3rd through 5th grade English Language Arts teacher. Most recently Alissa 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 last year. Alissa is excited to begin working with LPA students and families!


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 last year. Amy recently 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, riding her bike around the city, and taking her dog, Clyde, to the park.


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 apart 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.


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!


Joy Owens
Joy Owens
Joy Owens Joy Owens

Middle School English Language Arts/Social Studies

Joy Owens joins the new middle school team from Boston, MA, and will be teaching ELA and Social Studies at LPA. Joy previously taught middle school and high school ELA and history at the high school level. Joy is coming from a full inclusion school, where she worked under both her Special Education and ESL licenses. Joy has really enjoyed exploring and eating her way around St. Louis and looks forward to making it her home. In her free time, Joy loves to travel, cook, eat, read, and play Words with Friends!


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!


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. During her time at Hamilton, she received her master's degree in early childhood education. She is currently finishing her certification in both reading and 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 teach kindergarten this year and is most excited about the opportunity to keep learning from little people!