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Preschool Faculty

Mrs. Kathleen McNutt

Mrs. McNutt loves her preschoolers and is so grateful to God for her chance to minister to them through our program! This is her 6th year as an administrator at St. Louis School and her fourth year as principal. She has maintained her teaching license and certification with the state of Virginia for over 25 years, teaching in the public and private elementary schools, as well as spending several years working for the New Teacher Project, an inner city teaching grant program, screening teaching applicants for schools around the United States. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Education and is an Early Childhood Specialist from James Madison University, with a focus on Developmental Reading. She has her Master’s degree program in Education Administration and Supervision from Marymount University. She is a proud alum of St. Louis School and is the mother of 5 former and current St. Louis students who you will probably see popping into the preschool classrooms every now and then!

Lambs Class (2-day Three's)
Mrs. Astrid Haugh
Mrs. Dare Hurley

Mrs. Haugh is excited to be returning to the Lambs Class as the lead teacher, with the assistance of Mrs. Hurley. Mrs. Haugh has been with St. Louis Preschool since its inaugural year in 2012 and was been instrumental in setting up the three-year-old program. She has completed her VCEA (Virginia Catholic Education Association) certification for Early Childhood Instruction, and has a degree in architecture and design. She is a nurturing instructor and great organizer of classroom activities! As a former Spanish interpreter for Fairfax County Public Schools parents and children, her language skills are well utilized in all of the classes! Mrs. Haugh is not only a teacher, but she was a St. Louis parent for many years. Mrs. Haugh’s enthusiasm and warmth are a joy for all our little ones, and she looks forward to another year with the three-year-old classes.

Monkeys Class (3-day Three's)
Mrs. Dare Hurley
Mrs. Astrid Haugh

Mrs. Hurley is excited to be leading the Monkey Class again! She shares many years of expertise working with little ones in the preschool classroom and in the dance studio. This is her 6th year as the lead Monkeys class teacher. In addition to her work in the classroom, Mrs. Hurley is also our preschool registrar. Mrs. Hurley maintains her VCEA (Virginia Catholic Education Association) certification for Early Childhood Instruction, and has her degree in journalism is a complement to our emerging reading and pre-writing work with early learners. She has been an active volunteer with the St. Louis School Parent Teacher Organization for many years, and she is delighted to be teaching in the school where two of her four children attend. Her older sons are at Gonzaga College High School.

Zebras Class (Pre-K 5-day Morning Four's)
Mrs. Karen Fisher
Mrs. Donna Zientek

Mrs. Fisher brings several years of Pre-K teaching experience, and she is a blessing as she collaborates with Mrs. Zientek on daily instruction and developmental lessons for the Zebra students! Mrs. Fisher has her VCEA (Virginia Catholic Education Association) certification for Early Childhood Instruction, and has a degree in Physical and Health Education. Her creativity, warmth and enthusiasm for teaching are certainly enhanced by her organization and experience in communicating with parents. Mrs. Fisher is also an active parent at St. Louis School - her son is a current student and her two daughters are alumni now at Bishop Ireton High School. She is very excited to be with the Zebras again this year!

Mrs. Zientek is looking forward to her year as a Zebra teacher! She has worked throughout St. Louis School, teaching in the preschool classrooms, working as a lunch bunch teacher, assisting with the school counseling program, and volunteering with various school efforts. She has her Master's degree in social work with years experience in the area of Early Childhood. Mrs. Zientek is also a parent, with a son her at St. Louis School, and a daughter at Bishop Ireton High School. It is a blessing to have her on our staff, where her experience in working and communicating with students and parents will enrich our preschool program.

Pandas Class (4-day Afternoon Four's)
Mrs. Kim Doering

Mrs. Melissa Bartol

Mrs. Doering has spent the last 13 years teaching Pre-K students at St. Louis Preschool and a local private preschool, and she returns to us this year as the Panda Class teacher. Her experience and training with the Handwriting Without Tears program is a valuable asset to our school, and her parent communication work (not to mention her beautiful photography) is an added blessing. Mrs. Doering has spent many years on the Parent Teacher Organization executive board, and has a lot of experience volunteering at St. Louis! Her daughter and son both attend Bishop Ireton High School and are alumni of St. Louis School. Mrs. Doering is excited to meet her new class of little ones!

Mrs. Bartol is excited for another year with the Pandas Class teaching with Mrs. Doering! Mrs. Bartol has her VCEA (Virginia Catholic Education Association) certification for Early Childhood Instruction, she has worked as a substitute teacher at both St. Louis School and a local preschool, and she brings her knowledge base from a degree in social work and psychology to the preschool program. She is also a certified instructor in the Montessori Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, which she will be sharing with our preschoolers and kindergarteners. Her loving spirit will be a gift to each child in the preschool.

Lunch Bunch Teacher
Mrs. Carolyn Koch

We are fortunate to have Mrs. Koch as our lead Lunch Bunch teacher and main substitute teacher for the Preschool program! Mrs. Koch brings her positive energy and gifts in working with children to the lunch bunch room. She has worked as a substitute teacher in Chesterfield County Schools, and brings her knowledge base from years of human resource management work in Richmond and Arlington, Virginia. Mrs. Koch is not only a teacher, but also a St. Louis parent of three children and a PTO Board member. She looks forward to her time with each of our lunch bunchers.