Teachers

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.


David Bosch
David Bosch
David Bosch David Bosch

Fifth Grade Teacher

Dave is thrilled to be the 5th grade teacher at Lafayette Preparatory Academy this school year! This will be his 3rd year working at LPA and he brings a variety of educational experience to his work at here. 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.


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


Gianni Gardiner
Gianni Gardiner
Gianni Gardiner Gianni Gardiner

Special Education Teacher

Gianni is excited to join the LPA team as a special education teacher. Prior to teaching at LPA, Gianni was introduced to the community through hosting the Violin Club (which she hopes to continue this year!) with first and second grade students. After meeting the excellent students and staff she decided to enroll her son at LPA, and is a proud mom of a Kindergarten Super Star. Gianni has a master's in social work and has been working in social work education and evaluation, specializing in teaching research methods. She is excited to join the special education team here at LPA and support the growth and learning of all students. When she is not at school Gianni enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, taking advantage of all the great activities that St. Louis has to offer. 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


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

Art Teacher

Steve Kuppinger, Jr. is immeasurably proud to be a part of the LPA team. He received his Bachelor’s in Fine Art from Washington University in 2005 and his Master’s in Fine Art from Bradley University in 2008. Although his own studies skew away from a traditional degree in education, Kupp spent 8 years teaching and training Boy Scouts from the ages of 5 to 18 and has done art instruction for both high school and college level students. Although he does not teach art at LPA, he brings his creative sensibilities into every aspect of his work and his relationship with the students. As an artist, he prizes his powers of imagination over all other skills and revels in his relationship with the kids and the reciprocating circle of dreams and fantasy that tie every member of our Academy together. Kupp loves the freedom that comes with the position of Teacher’s Assistant and Aftercare Coordinator because it means he gets to work with students from every age group and their kaleidoscope of backgrounds and perspectives.


Dasia Mack
Dasia Mack
Dasia Mack Dasia Mack

Third Grade Teacher

Dasia Mack is very pleased to be returning to LPA team as the third grade teacher. Dasia graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Dasia has had a passion for learning all her life and has allowed that passion to be passed on to her students. Dasia has had experience in both urban and rural school districts. Her diverse background and experience has allowed her to connect with learners of all backgrounds and instill within them the importance of education. Dasia is excited to inspire her students and to be a part of the educational movement at Lafayette Preparatory Academy.


Ciera Major
Ciera Major
Ciera Major Ciera Major

Teacher Assistant/After-Care Coordinator

Ciera Major is a graduate of East Alton Wood River Community High School with secondary education from Lewis and Clark Community College as well as Southern IL University of Edwardsville. She has directed an after-care program for the last three years at Montessori Children's House in Godfrey, IL. On top of being the director, Ciera has also served as a teaching assistant for Montessori. Ciera's love for learning began at a young age and uses this experience to instill a love of learning in other children's lives. Outside of teaching, Ciera enjoys volunteering with her church and community. She also loves reading, bike riding, and taking care of all of her furry critters. Ciera is excited to be part of the LPA team and take part in building a community.


Jill McInnis
Jill McInnis
Jill McInnis Jill McInnis

Kindergarten Teacher

Jill McInnis teaches Kindergarten at Lafayette Preparatory Academy. Jill graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2009 with her degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Jill has experience working with students from many different backgrounds, in both St. Louis County and St. Louis City. Jill loves teaching at Lafayette Prep! Her goal is to make her students independent learners who develop a love of school. Jill likes to hang out with her family and friends, travel, read, and explore this wonderful city that we live in when she is not in the classroom


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.


Sarah Morefield
Sarah Morefield
Sarah Morefield Sarah Morefield

Third Grade Teacher

Sarah Morefield is excited to transition into 3rd grade at Lafayette Prep Academy team for the 2016-2017 school year! Sarah graduated from Butler University in 2011 with her license in Early and Middle Childhood Education and K-12 Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical. Sarah has spent 4 years teaching in North St Louis at City Academy and North Side Elementary school and the previous year teaching Special Education here at LPA. When she's not teaching, Sarah is working on her KC summer camp, hanging out with friends, cheering on Mizzou and the Cardinals, or in the park with her dog Adie.


Christy Murphy
Christy Murphy
Christy Murphy Christy Murphy

Fourth Grade Teacher

Christy Murphy is excited to be working with 4th grade scholars this year. Prior to joining the team at LPA, Christy taught third grade in Saint Louis Public Schools and worked as a Program Director for a mentoring and tutoring program. 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 lives in Benton Park. She frequents ice cream shops and parks with her husband, two kiddos and pug.


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!