Felicia Abatgis Flynn
Every child has a unique learning style, personality and life story. I love working in a school where, as a culture, we honor that uniqueness on a daily basis. Here, children become who they are genuinely meant to become.
Degree:MAT, Communication Arts — Webster University; BFA, Graphic Communication and BSBA, Marketing — Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; G
Ensuring that children feel a sense of security and belonging enables them to accept and participate actively in transforming situations. That is what leads to meaningful learning.
Degree:B.S. Apparel Merchandizing – Indiana University; MA Teaching – Webster University
Middle School ELA Teacher
4th Grade Teacher
Hebrew and Judiacs Teacher
Hebrew opens the door to a deeper understanding of Israel and its people, of our heritage and our shared history as a Jewish people. I love being able to hand my students the key to that door.
Degree:B.A. Hebrew and Semitic Studies and Economics – University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A. Foreign Language Acquisition – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; course work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Spertus College of Judaic Studies in Chicago
Associate Director of Admissions & Development
My own childhood experience as a Jewish day school student gave me the confidence to know who I was and what I stand for. It was like someone tapped me with a leadership wand and said “You can do that!” I can’t wait to give that gift to others.
Degree:B.A. Jewish Studies and Hebrew & Semitic Studies – University of Wisconsin; M.A. Non Profit Management – Washington University
1st Grade Teacher
The most rewarding part of my work is watching children build confidence. When they believe in themselves and have a mindset that they can tackle any challenge, I know they have not just learned content, but also important life skills.
Degree:Bachelors in K-8 Education with an additional endorsement in English language learners K-12 – City University of Seattle. Masters in Curriculum and Instruction – Western Governors University.
Director of Admissions and Marketing
Choosing Jewish day school for my children was among the best decisions and most worthwhile investments my husband and I ever made. Now I spend my days sharing the opportunity for a Mirowitz education with others. It’s a dream job.
Degree:B.A. English/Journalism – University of Texas at Austin
Music and Drama Teacher
My favorite memories of childhood centered around choir practice, concerts and musical theater performances. I am honored to now give my students the opportunity to discover their own talents.
Degree:Bachelor of Music Education – Webster University; Master of Music – SIUE; Kodak Certification levels 1& 2; Minor in Dramatic Arts
My eyes light up when a student creates a carefully thought out piece of art. I can see their ownership and confidence grow. The excitement of their successful delights me and encourages us both to take on greater challenges.
Degree:MAT, Communication Arts — Webster University; BFA, Graphic Communication and BSBA, Marketing — Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; Graduate of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School
Middle School Math Teacher
Director of Development
I am inspired by the way the community supports our school! It is wonderful to know that our mission and meaningful work are recognized and appreciated.
Degree:B.A. in Liberal Arts – the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
I want Mirowitz students to be proud to be Jewish and to understand that Israel belongs to them. I’m excited to share my favorite songs and games, to talk about cities and kibbutzim, to connect them to special places like the Kinneret and the Kotel. I’m excited to share my own family’s story of leaving Russia as refuseniks, and to explain the diversity of the Israeli people.
Using my knowledge and skills, I am a partner in the students’ learning, guiding them through the repeated acts of music making, helping them gain new experience and insight each time they create, perform, listen, or reflect.
Degree:B.A. in Music – California State University, Chico; Master of Music in Music Education - University of Florida; Master of Music in Music Composition and Theory - University of Colorado; Doctor of Music - Florida State University
I feel I can change the world by making a difference one person at a time. I feel personal reward every time I help a child feel better, and love to help them make healthy choices.
Degree:B.S.N. – Case Western Reserve University
I am thrilled to be able to work in an environment and provide services to such a tight knit family of people that I am now honored to call ‘home’. Mirowitz is not just a career, it is family!
Degree:Studied Art Education – Webster University and UMSL
Front Office Assistant
Being in an environment where children are celebrated and able to grow to their fullest potential is more exhilarating than a cup of coffee! I’m honored to be a part of this team!
Degree:BS in Sociology – University of Missouri-St. Louis
2nd Grade Teacher
I was always inspired by teachers who believed in me and encouraged me to take intellectual risks. Now it’s my turn to pass it forward!
Degree:BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education — Stephens College
3rd Grade Teacher
The “lightbulb” moment. There is nothing better than witnessing a student grasp a concept, make a connection or apply a new skill. As a teacher, I strive for and relish these moments.
Degree:B.S. Sports Marketing & Management – Indiana University; MAT Elementary Education – Webster University
JFS School Based Therapist
I am inspired watching children and families develop social and emotional skills that benefit them for a lifetime.
Degree:MEd Clinical Mental Health Counseling, PLPC, NCC
Middle School Math Teacher
I love young adults. They are not daunted by life yet. There is always a bright light at the end of the period! We are creating our future right now.
Degree:B.S. in Middle School (5-9) Education; Minor in Math — Lesley University, Cambridge MA
4th grade Teacher
Emily Mae Johnson
Director of Support Services
Hebrew and Judaics Teacher
Learning a new language is like going on a journey. I believe in learning through experience and creating an environment that allows children to build confidence and express their genuine thoughts. Mirowitz students are especially comfortable expressing themselves. I love this healthy culture and am thrilled to be a part of it!
Degree:B.S. in Creative Education, concentration — Kibbutzim College of Education, Israel ; M.A. Psychodrama, — Kibbutzim College of Education, Israel
Learning Support Specialist
I want for Mirowitz students what I want for my own children: for them to be challenged and loved, and prepared for what comes next and excited about learning.
Degree:B.S. Elementary Education – UMSL; B.S. Human Resources and Family Studies – University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign; M.A. Marketing – Webster University; Pardes Summer Institute, Jerusalem
Hebrew and Israel Education Coordinator
I believe that Israel education and Hebrew language are integral components of the identity development of our students and the future of the Jewish people. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with children during their developmental years when their learning has the greatest impact.
Preferred Pronoun: (she/her/היא/את)
Degree:B.A. Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Jewish Studies Certificate — Indiana University; B.S. Psychology — Indiana University; M.A. Cognitive Psychology — Washington University in St. Louis; M.A. Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language – Middlebury College
Social Studies Teacher; Athletic & Activities Director
I am inspired Mirowitz student and their drive to learn and improve…in the classroom and on the ball field. It’s very gratifying as a teacher and as a coach to have that kind of impact on a child.
1st Grade Teacher
I take each of my students on a journey of discovery that helps them grow socially, emotionally and intellectually to become all they can become. I am grateful to be an educator — a career that allows me to positively impact the childhood of my students. As I watch them grow throughout their Mirowitz years, I feel proud to have played a role in the development of the school’s bright, articulate and ethical graduates.
Degree:BS Elementary Education with a specialization in reading. Judaics Studies – Machon program in Jerusalem
Great teachers are remembered not for the knowledge they impart but for the way they encourage and lift their students’ achievement in and out of the classroom.
Degree:Bachelor of Education from Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba Israel; Master of Education in evaluation and curriculum planning from Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba, Israel
Each day presents the chance to find ways to increase students’ desire to learn more, try harder and find success at something they never thought was possible.
Degree:BS Exercise and Sport Science – Pennsylvania State University; BA French, Language and Culture – Pennsylvania State University
Head of School
I believe that every moment of our lives has potential. As educators, we have the privilege of uplifting the moments of our students’ childhood so that they can learn, grow, and be a part of an ideal community.
Degree:B.A. Jewish and Near Eastern Studies – Washington University; M.A. Jewish Education, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion; Recipient of Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education; Recipient of Stuart I. Raskas; Outstanding Day School Teacher Award; Recipient JProSTL Visionary Award
Mary Jo McClaughlin
Bistro Kids Chef
I have the privilege of changing children’s perceptions of food and nutrition. It turns out, kids DO like vegetables. The fact that I get to do all of this while working for the Jewish community combines all the things I care about.
Degree:Food Service Degree — US Army Quartermaster School; Food Service Operations — Forest Park Community College; Business Management courses — St Charles Community College; Kashrut and Shabbat Kitchen Preparation — St. Louis Kollel and Aish HaTorah; ServeSafe Certified
Rabbi Tracy Nathan
At Mirowitz, learning is both playful and values-driven, creative and intellectually vibrant, transformative and joyful. I feel fortunate to be a part of this kind of learning community.
Degree:B.A. in English Literature – Wesleyan University; M.A. in Folklore and Folklife – University of Pennsylvania; M.A. and Rabbinic Ordination – Jewish Theological Seminary of America
5th Grade Teacher
Every day, Mirowitz students come to school ready to be the best version of themselves. They share love and support to peers and faculty around them, showing that they truly know what it means to be a passionate, kind leader.
Degree:B.A in Elementary Education and Special Education – Fontbonne University; Currently working on B.S in Communication Disorders
Director of Technology
I love giving students opportunities to learn, comprehend and interact with technology in ways that help them solve problems, complete projects and creatively extend their abilities.
Degree:B.S. in Elementary Education, concentration mathematics — University of Illinois- Urbana- Champaign; M.A. in Reading, Reading Specialist — Northeastern Illinois University
At Mirowitz, each teacher brings expertise and passion to the classroom. I especially love to infuse my own love of Hebrew language, Israel, and Jewish and Israeli cultural arts into my lessons.
Degree:B.S - Business – University of Arizona; M.A. International Affairs – Washington University St. Louis; 20 years classroom teaching experience, both traditional and non-formal settings: Hebrew language, ELA (in Israel), Israeli dance
Learning Support Specialist
It is such a privilege to be teaching at Mirowitz . I love providing the love, encouragement and support to help students reach their potential.
Degree:B.S. Elementary Education K-8, B.S. Intellectual Disabilities , Emotionally Disabled , Learning Disabilities K-8 University of Missouri -St.Louis
Director of Instruction
Mirowitz embodies the culture and values all children deserve to learn and experience. Our faculty and staff create a warm and nurturing environment for our students to bravely stretch themselves as learners and to develop lasting friendships.
Degree:B.S. Elementary Education, cum laude — Bradley University, concentration- English; M.A. Educational Leadership and Principal Certification – Maryville University; Reading and Writing Project Institute for Writing Coaches – Columbia University; 2009 recipient of Chidush Award for Jewish Educators — Boulder, Colorado; Pardes Summer Institute, Jerusalem, 2021 EducateSTL's Creativity in the Classroom Award
Incoming Head of School
Middle School Coordinator; Middle School Science Teacher
I relish in those “ah-ha” moments when my students connect what we’ve learned in class to what is happening in the world around them.
Degree:B.S. Elementary Education, Middle School Certification in Science, Social Studies and Math — University of Missouri-St. Louis; MAT Science — Webster University
I want my students to remember where they belong and where they come from. Teaching Hebrew and about Israel reminds them that they have a Jewish home.
Degree:B.A. Education and Literature — Ben Gurion University; Teaching certificate — Ben Gurion University; Concentration in classroom management — Central Missouri State University; Training in Tal Am Hebrew curriculum
I feel fortunate to work at a school that recognizes how children learn differently and allows a variety of materials and equipment to support learning and success in the classroom. Here, each child can reach his or her potential.
Degree:B. S. in Psychology – University of Miami; M. S. in Occupational Therapy – Washington University
Director of Jewish Life
Rabbi Scott Slarskey
Educating in a pluralistic setting is exciting to me. By teaching pluralism we empower our children with the skills and attitudes necessary for building future communities that are respectful, rooted in joyful practice, and intent on increasing tzedek in the world. That is what our Jewish future needs.
Degree:B.A. Philosophy and Ancient Civilization — Clark University; Rabbinic Ordination — Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies; Graduate: Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Program; Graduate: Day School Leadership Training Institute; Graduate: Legacy Heritage Teacher Institute for the Arts
2nd Grade Teacher
I am inspired by my students’ curiosity about the world around them and their passion for learning. I love embarking on the process of discovery together.
Degree:B.S. Elementary Education Magna Cum Laude K-8 Certification Black Hills State University; South Dakota State University Endorsments: 5th - 8th Grade English Language Arts, 5th - 8th Grade Math, 5th - 8th Grade Science, 5th - 8th Grade Social Science
Speech Pathologist and Librarian
I believe all forms of communication are valid. It’s inspiring to help a child feel empowered as they connect with others in meaningful ways and become confident knowing that what they say matters.
Degree:B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Oklahoma; M.S. Speech-Language Pathology, Fontbonne University
At Mirowitz, students experience many ways to “be Jewish” through text study, prayer and Torah services, middot practice and holidays celebrations. I am so fortunate to teach Judaics in a pluralistic day school where students have an opportunity to ask deep questions, learn how the Torah and our sages answer them, and then formulate their own interpretations through art, writing, debates and role play.
Speech Language Pathologist
I feel I’m giving kids a skill that is not only academic. Being able to communicate with confidence translates into personal relationships, and my greatest moments are when I see a light bulb go on, and the flood of progress that follows.
Degree:B.A. Communication Studies — University of Michigan; M.A. Communication Disorders — Central Michigan University
What inspires me? Children! I am grateful to be in a position to put a smile on a child’s face every day!