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Preschool Faculty

Monkeys Class (3-day Three's)
Mrs. Dare Hurley, Preschool Director
Mrs. Renee Madden

Mrs. Hurley is excited to continue her work in the preschool this year as our licensed Preschool Director and as a teacher in the three-year-old classroom! She shares many years of expertise in working with little ones in the preschool, as well as in the dance studio, and this is her 9th year as the lead Monkeys class teacher. As director, Mrs Hurley enjoys being able to collaborate with the staff and our families on the preschool program while upholding the policies and procedures for state-licensed 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 is the proud mother of four St. Louis School graduates. She is looking forward to another year of learning and loving with all the preschoolers!

Along with teaching in the 2-day threes Lambs Class, Mrs. Madden will also be assisting Mrs. Hurley in the Monkeys class, bringing daily continuity to the three-year-old program. She is excited to share her mornings with all of our three year olds!


Lambs Class (2-day Three's)
Mrs. Renee Madden
Mrs. Bridget Flaaen

Mrs. Madden is a nurturing instructor and a creative organizer of classroom fun! She is a familiar face who has served St. Louis School as registrar for more than ten years. Mrs. Madden has earned her VCEA (Virgina 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 a blessing for our families. Mrs. Madden is also a parent of three St. Louis School graduates – her two daughters are now in college and her son attends West Potomac High School. Her enthusiasm and warmth are a joy for all our little ones!

Mrs. Flaaen will be joining Mrs. Madden in the Lambs class this year! In addition to continuing as our music teacher, she will now share her experience, warmth and engaging nature in the three's classroom. She has a degree in music and music education, and she brings 13 years of general music and choral instruction to our classroom, having taught in Fairfax County and Ann Arbor, MI public schools. We are so happy to welcome her to this new role, where we all will certainly be blessed by her creativity and positive spirit. Mrs. Flaaen is not only a teacher, but also a proud parent of two St. Louis elementary school students!

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

Mrs. Fisher brings eight years of developmental Pre-K teaching experience and her own love of learning to St. Louis Preschool's Zebras class! Mrs. Fisher has her VCEA (Virginia Catholic Education Association) certification for Early Childhood Instruction, and has a bachelor's 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 are now in college and her son attends Gonzaga College High School. She is thrilled to be with the Zebras again this year!

Mrs. Stephens is excited to be joining Mrs. Fisher in the Zebras class this year! She offers great perspective and insight, having taught last year in the Lambs class and bringing several years of kindergarten through second grade teaching experience. She holds a master's degree in Arts in Education from The College of William and Mary and is a native of Virginia. It is a blessing to have her on our staff, as she shares her wonderful skills, gentle nature and happy spirit with us all. She is not only a teacher, but also a proud parent of two St. Louis School students!

Pandas Class (4-day Afternoon Four's)
Mrs. Melissa Bartol
Mrs. Carolyn Koch

Mrs. Bartol is looking forward to teaching the Pandas Class again this year! 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 proud mother of three, one a current St. Louis School student and two St. Louis alumni. Her loving spirit is a gift to each child in the preschool!

Mrs. Koch is happy to return for another year with the Pandas class! She brings her positive energy and enthusiasm as she collaborates with Mrs. Bartol on daily instruction and planning activities. She has worked as the preschool's lead lunch bunch teacher, a substitute teacher at St. Louis School, as well as a substitute teacher in Chesterfield County Schools. She also 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 two children and one graduate who now attends Bishop Ireton High School. She looks forward to sharing her afternoons with the Pandas!


Music Teacher
Mrs. Bridget Flaaen

Mrs. Flaaen will continue again this year to help foster an early love for music with all of our preschoolers! She is licensed by the Virginia  Board of Education to teach music and brings many years of firsthand experience. 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! 

Lunch Bunch Teacher
Mrs. Mary Apaza

We are fortunate to have Mrs. Apaza as our lead Lunch Bunch teacher and main substitute teacher for the Preschool program! Mrs. Apaza has taught in our Extended Day Care program for the past seven years, as well as worked as a substitute teacher in both the lunch bunch and preschool classes for the last three years. She is a fluent Spanish-speaker, and her language skills are well utilized in all of our classrooms. Her warm and caring nature create a happy environment for children in the lunch bunch room, and she looks forward to her time with each of our lunch bunchers!