Lead Strong: 2018-2019 New Teachers & Counselors

Lead Strong: 2018-2019 New Teachers & Counselors
Posted on 08/11/2018
Lead Strong: 2018-2019 New Teachers & Counselors

This year, Affton School District is excited to welcome 18 new teachers and 3 new counselors to our staff. Learn a little more about them here:

Stephen BrinkmeyerName: Stephen Brinkmeyer
Position: School Counselor
School: Rogers Middle School

Stephen graduated from Truman State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He went on to get his master’s degree from University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2017. While working toward his master’s degree, he worked in special education as a paraprofessional. He is excited to join Affton as the school counselor at Rogers Middle School. Stephen enjoys getting to know what his students are passionate about and using their strengths to help them grow. He believes that building relationships is key to helping students succeed and is excited to get to start that process with his students.

Name: Kelsey DeeryKelsey Deery
Position: Kindergarten Teacher
School: Mesnier Primary School

Kelsey is a graduate of Missouri State University where she earned her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked at Mesnier Primary in 2016 as an Instructional Staff Assistant and began teaching Kindergarten in 2018. Kelsey is pursuing her master's degree at Southeast Missouri State University. She loves the curiosity and sense of wonder her students bring to the classroom each day! 

Logan Felder

Name: Logan Felder
Position: Music Teacher
School: Gotsch Intermediate School

Logan is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she completed her Orff Schulwerk certification. She taught elementary music in Columbia, Missouri, for three years prior to joining the Gotsch Intermediate team. Logan is passionate about tapping into student creativity through singing, dancing, and playing. She believes music and the arts is an integral part of the human experience and enjoys watching students express themselves in her classroom.

Name: Brooke HadlerBrooke Hadler
Position: Physical Education Teacher
School: Gotsch Intermediate School

Brooke is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis (BS in Physical Education and Health K-12) and Lindenwood (MS in administration). This is her first year in Affton teaching Physical Education at Gotsch Intermediate. Brooke enjoys exposing her students to a wide variety of activities in PE to allow every student to discover their unique skills and talents.

Julia HeilichName: Julia Heilich
Position: School Counselor
School: Rogers Middle School

Julia is a 2012 graduate of Missouri State University where she earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology. She continued her educational career at the University of Missouri and graduated with her M.Ed. in School Counseling in 2014. After serving four years at a private school in Columbia, Missouri, Julia happily returned to her hometown of St. Louis to work at Rogers Middle School. She is passionate about building relationships and helping her students succeed. She is a proud Aunt, avid soccer fan, and Ted Drewe's enthusiast.

Name: Mark HeitkoetterMark Heitkoetter
Position: PLTW Engineering & Industrial Technology Teacher
School: Affton High School

Mark is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology. He has experience with wood woodworking and welding processes. He has been an instructor for the Project Lead the Way Engineering program since 2010. For the past two decades, he also has worked in the bicycle industry and has raced competitively. In his free time, Mark enjoys spending time with his son and watching him now compete in motocross races.

Shannen HelmName: Shannen Helm
Position: Third Grade Teacher
School: Gotsch Intermediate School

Shannen is a graduate from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to teaching at Affton, she taught two years of 3rd grade and two years of 5th grade. Shannen loves working with students and challenging them to be their best selves every day!

Name: Casey KlipschCasey Klipsch
Position: Pre-K Teacher
School: Affton Early Childhood

Hey y'all! My name is Casey Klipsch. My kiddos know me as Ms. Casey! I am from St. Louis, and went to Kirkwood High School. I graduated from Lindenwood University with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I have spent the last five years since graduation at Ladue Early Childhood Center. This will be my first year in the Affton School District. I look forward to becoming part of the Affton Community!

Stephanie LitzsingerName: Stephanie Litzsinger
Position: FACS Teacher
School: Affton High School

Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. She recently graduated from William Woods University with her Master's of Education Degree in Secondary Administration. As a St. Louis native, Stephanie is excited to start her first year in the Affton School District after teaching FACS in Jefferson City for the past two years. Stephanie loves sharing her passion with her students and believes learning basic life skills should be engaging, relatable, and fun!

Name: Adrienne LordAdrienne Lord
Position: Modern Language - Spanish Teacher
School: Rogers Middle School

Adrienne brings 13 years of teaching experience to Affton School District. She has a Masters in Secondary Education, and is certified to teach Spanish K-12 and English 9-12. She received a BA in Psychology and Spanish from UMSL, and completed her M.Ed. there as well. She firmly believes that the best way to reach her students is to build relationships with them. This is the very foundation of her teaching philosophy. She is so excited to be in Affton, and cannot wait to engage each of her students in meaningful learning experiences. In her personal time, she spends a lot of quality time with her two children, one of whom will be a student at Rogers Middle and the other who is two years old.

Leah LorimerName: Leah Lorimer
Position: School Counselor
School: Mesnier Primary School

Leah graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and a master's degree in School Counseling from Gonzaga University. She recently moved from Phoenix where she began her career as a K-8 counselor. Leah is passionate about helping ALL students succeed by supporting them with their personal/social, academic, and career goals. She is excited to be part of the AFFTON STRONG community!

Name: Reed LunsfordReed Lunsford
Position: Physical Education Teacher
School: Rogers Middle School

Reed is a graduate of Culver-Stockton College, where he earned his Bachelor's of Science in Physical Education and Health. Reed hopes to inspire students each year to pursue a lifetime of fitness-related activities and to make healthy decisions.

Chelsea McCabe

Name: Chelsea McCabe
Position: Second Grade Teacher
School: Mesnier Primary School

Chelsea is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she received her undergraduate degree. She completed her teaching certification through University of Missouri-St. Louis where she is currently finishing her Master's in Education. She has a passion for working with children, while being empathetic and building a relationship with every child as they learn and grow each day!

Name: Joe MurphyJoe Murphy
Position: Theater & Video Production Teacher
School: Rogers Middle School

Joe is a two-time graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, first with a bachelor of arts in theatre with an emphasis in speech and theatre education (2005), and later with a master of arts in education with an emphasis in character education (2017). Between degrees, Joe taught high school and middle school speech and drama for a year in a small town in the Ozarks before becoming a full-time camp director for seven years at two different YMCAs: one in the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York and one in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Joe has been building life skills and character in young people for many years at camp, and he is thrilled to bring this passion to drama classes in Affton.

Patricia Rotermund

Name: Patricia Rotermund
Position: Fourth Grade Teacher
School: Gotsch Intermediate School

Patty is a graduate of Fontbonne University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She came to Affton this year as a fourth-grade teacher at Gotsch Intermediate School. She is passionate about reading and learning and loves to share that passion with her students. Patty is so excited to be a part of the Affton community!

Name: Stacey SartoriusStacey Sartorius
Position: Fourth Grade Teacher
School: Gotsch Intermediate School

Stacey is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Stacey works to build strong relationships with each of her students. She encourages students to be collaborative with one another and strives to help students find confidence in themselves and their work. She is very excited to be a part of the Gotsch Family this year!

Courtney Schiavo

Name: Courtney Schiavo
Position: Second Grade Teacher
School: Mesnier Primary School

Courtney is a graduate of William Woods University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Webster University with a master’s degree in Special Reading. She has previously worked as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher for the past five years. Courtney is very excited about joining the Affton School District. She is very passionate about helping each and every student while building relationships with her peers and the Affton Community!

Name: Stephanie SchneiderStephanie Schneider
Position: Kindergarten Teacher
School: Mesnier Primary School

Stephanie is a proud graduate from Lindenwood University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood. At Mesnier Primary in 2016, they hired Stephanie as a kindergarten teacher’s assistant. This is when she became connected with the staff and found her love for the Affton community! Later in 2018, Mesnier Primary hired her back as a Kindergarten teacher. She is dedicated to taking her students to a higher level of achievement socially, emotionally, and academically!

Laura SextonName: Laura Sexton
Position: Kindergarten Teacher
School: Mesnier Primary School

Laura is a graduate of Missouri State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. After moving back to St. Louis, she earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education with a Specialty in Reading. This is Laura’s ninth year of teaching and her first year teaching in the Affton School District. She has taught pre-K for three years and first grade for five years. Laura is very excited to be a part of the Affton community, as well as a Kindergarten teacher at Mesiner Primary! She is passionate about teaching young children within a nurturing, loving, and safe environment! Laura cannot wait to watch all her students learn and grow over the next year!

Name: Tara TaylorTara Taylor
Position: Fifth Grade Teacher
School: Gotsch Intermediate School

Tara is a graduate of Fontbonne University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She taught three years in the Archdiocese of St. Louis Schools and has experience teaching grades third, fourth, and fifth. She will be coming to Affton School District teaching 5th grade. She is passionate about learning and really loves to build strong relationships with her students. She pushes students academically to achieve high expectations for all her students. She is happy to be a part of the fifth-grade team at Gotsch!

Caitlynn Ward

Name: Caitlynn Ward
Position: English Language Arts Teacher
School: Affton High School

Caitlynn has been in education for over 10 years and could not be more excited to join the Affton High School community. She earned her bachelor's degree in Secondary Education - English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and returned to finish a degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is fervidly committed to bringing engaging, rigorous lessons to her new classroom that will increase every students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities. Outside of the classroom, she loves speech and theatre and hopes to have an opportunity to support these extracurricular programs.

Stacey Sartorius
Position: Fourth Grade Teacher
School: Gotsch Intermediate School

Stacey is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Stacey works to build strong relationships with each of her students. She encourages students to be collaborative with one another and strives to help students find confidence in themselves and their work. She is very excited to be a part of the Gotsch Family this year!

Courtney Schiavo

Name: Courtney Schiavo
Position: Second Grade Teacher
School: Mesnier Primary School

Courtney is a graduate of William Woods University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Webster University with a master’s degree in Special Reading. She has previously worked as a 1st and 2nd gradeteacher for the past five years. Courtney is very excited about joining the Affton School District. She is very passionate about helping each and every student while building relationships with her peers and the Affton Community!

Patricia Rotermund

Name: Patricia Rotermund
Position: Fourth Grade Teacher
School: Gotsch Intermediate School

Patty is a graduate of Fontbonne University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She came to Affton this year as a fourth gradeteacher at Gotsch Intermediate School. She is passionate about reading and learning and loves to share that passion with her students. Patty is so excited to be a part of the Affton community!

Name: Stacey SartoriusStacey Sartorius
Position: Fourth Grade Teacher
School: Gotsch Intermediate School

Stacey is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Stacey works to build strong relationships with each of her students. She encourages students to be collaborative with one another and strives to help students find confidence in themselves and their work. She is very excited to be a part of the Gotsch Family this year!

Courtney Schiavo

Name: Courtney Schiavo
Position: Second Grade Teacher
School: Mesnier Primary School

Courtney is a graduate of William Woods University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Webster University with a master’s degree in Special Reading. She has previously worked as a 1st and 2nd gradeteacher for the past five years. Courtney is very excited about joining the Affton School District. She is very passionate about helping each and every student while building relationships with her peers and the Affton Community!

Patricia Rotermund

Name: Patricia Rotermund
Position: Fourth Grade Teacher
School: Gotsch Intermediate School

Patty is a graduate of Fontbonne University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She came to Affton this year as a fourth gradeteacher at Gotsch Intermediate School. She is passionate about reading and learning and loves to share that passion with her students. Patty is so excited to be a part of the Affton community!

Name: Stacey SartoriusStacey Sartorius
Position: Fourth Grade Teacher
School: Gotsch Intermediate School

Stacey is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Stacey works to build strong relationships with each of her students. She encourages students to be collaborative with one another and strives to help students find confidence in themselves and their work. She is very excited to be a part of the Gotsch Family this year!

Courtney Schiavo

Name: Courtney Schiavo
Position: Second Grade Teacher
School: Mesnier Primary School

Courtney is a graduate of William Woods University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Webster University with a master’s degree in Special Reading. She has previously worked as a 1st and 2nd gradeteacher for the past five years. Courtney is very excited about joining the Affton School District. She is very passionate about helping each and every student while building relationships with her peers and the Affton Community!

Patricia Rotermund

Name: Patricia Rotermund
Position: Fourth Grade Teacher
School: Gotsch Intermediate School

Patty is a graduate of Fontbonne University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She came to Affton this year as a fourth gradeteacher at Gotsch Intermediate School. She is passionate about reading and learning and loves to share that passion with her students. Patty is so excited to be a part of the Affton community!

Name: Stacey SartoriusStacey Sartorius
Position: Fourth Grade Teacher
School: Gotsch Intermediate School

Stacey is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Stacey works to build strong relationships with each of her students. She encourages students to be collaborative with one another and strives to help students find confidence in themselves and their work. She is very excited to be a part of the Gotsch Family this year!

Courtney Schiavo

Name: Courtney Schiavo
Position: Second Grade Teacher
School: Mesnier Primary School

Courtney is a graduate of William Woods University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Webster University with a master’s degree in Special Reading. She has previously worked as a 1st and 2nd gradeteacher for the past five years. Courtney is very excited about joining the Affton School District. She is very passionate about helping each and every student while building relationships with her peers and the Affton Community!

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