Preschool Faculty

Director and Classroom Floater
Mrs. Beth Burke

Mrs. Burke is excited to join the St. Louis Preschool team as Director this year. Mrs. Burke has spent the past nine years working in early childhood education as a preschool teacher for ages 3 – Junior Kindergarten at St. Aidan’s Day School. The last three years were as director of St. Aidan’s. As a graduate of Mary Washington College in History and Secondary Education, she began her early years in education as a High School history teacher. She has also had the opportunity to work in the private sector managing a variety of educational programs and writing supporting curriculum. Mrs. Burke is the proud mom of three boys. Her youngest still attends St. Louis and her older two boys attend Bishop Ireton. It was with the arrival of her own children that she discovered her true passion and love of early childhood education. Mrs. Burke looks forward to partnering with both staff and parents to create a loving, nurturing, safe, and supportive learning environment for your children. She is very excited to also have the opportunity to work hands on with your children as a dedicated floater in each of our preschool classrooms this year!

Three's Classes and Teaching Team (Lambs and Monkeys)
Mrs. Kate Larrabee
We are excited to have Mrs. Larrabee leading our Monkeys Class again this year and with Mrs. Madden in the Lambs class! In addition to her warm and engaging teaching style, she brings firsthand experience with our program as one of our previous substitute teachers, as well as several years teaching children ages preschool and up. With a degree in English literature from Auburn University, Mrs. Larrabee supports our preschool’s early literacy program with quality literature and strong writing skills, and she looks forward to sharing fun circle time experiences with the Monkeys and Lambs this year. Mrs. Larrabee has four boys of her own, all of whom are students at St. Louis School!

Mrs. Renee Madden
Mrs. Madden looks forward to leading the Lambs Class fun again this year! She is a nurturing instructor who welcomes each little one with warmth and enthusiasm. She is also a familiar face who has served St. Louis School as registrar for over eleven years. Mrs. Madden maintains her VCEA (Virginia Catholic Education Association) certification for Early Childhood Instruction and has a degree in corporate communications from Elon University. Her engaging communication skills and gift for organization are blessings for our families. Mrs. Madden is also a parent of three St. Louis School graduates, with her youngest just starting his Freshmen year at James Madison University.

Mrs. Mary Apaza
We are fortunate to have Mrs. Apaza assisting Mrs. Larabee in our Monkeys Class this year. She will also continue to serve as our lead Lunch Bunch teacher for the Preschool program! Mrs. Apaza has taught in our Extended Day Care program for the past nine years, as well as worked as a substitute teacher in both the lunch bunch and preschool classes for the last five years. She is a fluent Spanish-speaker, and her language skills are well utilized in all our classrooms.

Four's Classes and Teaching Team (Zebras and Pandas)
Mrs. Bridget Flaaen 
Mrs. Flaaen is excited to serve as our lead Zebras teacher Tuesday - Friday! In addition to continuing her role as our music teacher, she shares her experience, creativity and positive energy with our little ones and staff alike. She has a degree in music and music education from the University of South Carolina, and she holds a license for music education by the Virginia Board of Education. She brings 14 years of general music and choral instruction to our classroom, having also taught in Fairfax County and Ann Arbor, MI public schools. Mrs. Flaaen is not only a caring teacher, but also a proud parent of two St. Louis elementary school students and a St. Louis preschooler!


Mrs. Juliette Theroux
Mrs. Theroux is excited to serve as the lead Zebras teacher on Mondays and lead the Pandas class. She brings joy and enthusiasm to our preschool family. As a registered nurse and her previous preschool teaching assistant experience, we are thrilled to have her as an instrumental part of our four-year-old team. Mrs. Theroux will be key in helping to instill good lessons to keep our little ones healthy and happy throughout the school year. Mrs. Theroux has five children of her own, one in high school and four current St. Louis School students!

Mrs. Sandra Avery
Mrs. Avery is thrilled to be joining Mrs. Flaaen in the Zebras Class and Mrs. Theroux in the in the Pandas class this year! Mrs. Avery brings seven years of experience working with three-year-olds at a Catholic preschool in Maryland, along with her experience at St. Louis in our Monkey’s class and previously as a substitute teacher and helper in the cafeteria. She is now excited to share her classroom experience and wonderful energy with our fours program. Born in Italy, Mrs. Avery speaks several languages and can’t wait to share her love of language with our little ones. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Avery is also a mother of two sons.