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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 7th year as an administrator at St. Louis School and her fifth year as principal. She has maintained her teaching license and certification with the state of Virginia for 27 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 in Education Administration and Supervision from Marymount University. She is a proud alum of St. Louis School and is honored to serve at the school that provided her with an educational and spiritual foundation for lifelong learning. She is the mother of 5 former St. Louis students who you will probably see popping into the school 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 our 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 our classrooms! 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 outstanding expertise working with little ones in the preschool classroom as well as in the dance studio. This is her 7th year as the lead Monkeys class teacher. In addition to her work in the classroom, Mrs. Hurley is also our preschool registrar, assisting families in the registration process as well as in the policies and procedures for state child day centers. She maintains her VCEA (Virginia Catholic Education Association) certification for Early Childhood Instruction, and has her degree in journalism which 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 the mother of one current student and three St. Louis graduates, two sons at Gonzaga and one daughter as Georgetown Visitation. Mrs. Hurley's love of teaching and gift for organization are a blessing for our families! 

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

Mrs. Fisher brings six years of developmental Pre-K teaching experience to St. Louis Preschool, as she collaborates with Mrs. Zientek on daily instruction and curricular 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 the parent of three St. Louis School graduates - her two daughters attend Bishop Ireton High School and her son attends Gonzaga. She is very excited to be with the Zebras again this year!

Mrs. Zientek is looking forward to another year as a Zebra teacher! She is also a member of our elementary resource team as a clinical social worker and counselor. We are blessed to have someone who has worked throughout the school, teaching in the preschool classrooms, working as a lunch bunch teacher, assisting with the school counseling program, and volunteering with various school efforts. Mrs. Zientek is also a parent of St. Louis School graduates, with a daughter and son 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 14 years teaching Pre-K students in the area, with 7 years being at St. Louis Preschool! We are blessed to have her return 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 and videography) 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 shares as our CGS teacher for the preschoolers and kindergarteners. She is the mother of three, with one being a current St. Louis student and the other two attending Bishop Ireton High School. Her loving spirit is a gift to each child in the preschool!

Music Teacher
Mrs. Bridget Flaaen

We are blessed to have a wonderful preschool music teacher to help foster an early love for music! Mrs. Flaaen brings 11 years of general music and choral instruction to our classroom, having taught in Fairfax County and Ann Arbor, MI public schools. She has a degree in music and music education, and she is also a current member of the Alexandria Choral Society and the Co-director of the Emmanuel Episcopal youth choir program. She brings warmth and movement along with a positive approach to music instruction! Mrs. Flaaen is not only a teacher, but also a St. Louis parent of one St. Louis elementary school student as well as one of our preschoolers.

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.