Felicia Abatgis Flynn
B.S. Communication Disorders – Fontbonne University; Montessori Certified 3-6 years; Certificate of Clinical Competency – The Judevine Center for Autism; Certified Individual Support Assistant – Easter Seals Midwest; RYT Yoga Instructor
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.
3rd Grade Teacher
B.A. Latin American, Carribbean and Iberian Studies — University of Wisconsin; Teaching certification from Lindenwood University; MAT — Lindenwood University; Certified Project WET instructor
"I love that this school is all about learning adventures. When students DO things, they think deeply...and significant learning is the result. My students and I are a team. We DO things to discover the wonders of the world."
Music and Drama Teacher
Bachelor of Music Education — University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music; minor in Drama; Master of Music — Southern Illinois University; Certified in Orff Education Levels I and II; Kodaly Certification; Music Educator in elementary schools for 36 years.
"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."
B.S. Physical Education and Health — University of Missouri-St. Louis
"PE allows children to try new things, to move in different ways and to get their hearts pumping. They quickly discover that fitness is fun, that achieving physical goals is rewarding, and that aerobic movement leads to deeper learning all day long."
MAT, Communication Arts — Webster University; BFA, Graphic Communication and BSBA, Marketing — Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; Graduate of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School
"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 success delights me and encourages us both to take on greater challenges."
Studied abroad (Jerusalem, Israel) for a year -- Midreshet Harova; B.A Psychology -- Yeshiva University; M.A in Teaching -- Jewish Day School and Hebrew concentrations -- Brandeis University; Associates in Art degree in Judaic studies-- Yeshiva University; Training in Tal Am Hebrew curriculum
"My own experiences as a day school student connected me to Israel, to my heritage, to the Jewish community and to wonderful people. Now it’s my turn to give back. I hope to instill my students with a strong appreciation for Jewish teachings and Hebrew language, and with an eagerness to learn more."
Director of Support Services
B.A. Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education and Elementary Education — Maryville University
"Nowhere but here could I possibly experience such spirituality, warmth, community and learning in a work day. Mirowitz is like a second home, and I am thrilled to be a collaborative team member contributing to our students’ success."
B.A. in Education from Oranim Program at Haifa University; Certified in Tal Am and teaching Ulpan
"I believe that children learn best in an environment that allows them to question and explore...and I strive to create joyful learning in my classroom every day. Watching my students experience the love and beauty of of Hebrew and Judaism is my reward."
Middle School Math Teacher
B.S. in Middle School (5-9) Education; Minor in Math — Lesley University, Cambridge MA
"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."
BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Maryville University; MA in Education,concentration in Early Childhood, Maryville University;Additional certification in Gifted Education, Maryville University
"There’s a point in every lesson when children’s eyes open wide and their expression reveals a deeper understanding. That’s the moment of transition from the teacher leading to the children leading…and I know they have formed a new connection."
B.S. Science, Tel Aviv, Israeli Scout Madrich, Training in Tal Am Hebrew curriculum.
"I love to help children make a connection to Israel. In teaching them Hebrew language and Israeli culture, I am also teaching them about themselves."
1st Grade Teacher
B.S. Ed. — Southern Illinois University-Edwards Ville; MA Educational Administration — Lindenwood University
For me, it’s not enough that my students learn how to read or compute or gain scientific understanding. I want them to find learning exciting. I want them to develop the confidence to take intellectual risks and an intrinsic desire to do their best. I treasure the moments when my students feel a sense of accomplishment and realize just how much they have grown.
Middle School Language Arts
B.A. Queens College, City University of New York--Major in English Literature, Minor in Secondary Education
"Teaching at Mirowitz is my “happily ever after.” I consider it an honor to inspire my students to become avid readers and prolific writers—skills that will help them understand their work, cope with challenges, and succeed emotionally, spiritually and professionally."
JF&CS Social Worker
Hebrew and Judaics Teacher
Director of Instruction and Enrollment
B.S. Elementary Education, UMSL;
B.S. Human Resources and Family Studies, University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign;
M.A. Marketing from Webster University; Pardes Summer Institute, Jerusalem
"I believe a teacher can meet the needs of students so that each is challenged and successful. My classroom is a place where students are encouraged to expand their thinking through experiential learning, and a place where cooperation and mutual respect are highly valued. I want for my students what I want for my own children: for them to be challenged and loved, prepared for what comes next and excited about learning. "
5th-8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
B.A. History and Classics — Providence College; MA Public History — American University; American Montessori Society Upper Elementary Credentials — Houston Montessori Center.
"What inspires me? Children! They are called to action by problems in the world. Unlike adults, they don’t see problems as roadblocks."
Hebrew Coordinator and Teacher
B.A. Near Eastern Languages and Cultures — Indiana University;
B.S. Psychology — Indiana University;
M.A. Cognitive Psychology — Washington University in St. Louis; Jewish Studies Certificate, Training in Tal Am Hebrew curriculum
"I believe that Hebrew should be taught as a modern language, and as a language that binds the Jewish people to each other, to Israel and to our heritage. We are lucky to be able to do this during childhood years, when they are best equipped for learning language."
Athletic and Activities Director
BA Communication, University of Missouri–Columbia
"I am inspired by our student athletes and their drive to learn and improve. It's very gratifying as a coach to have that kind of impact on a player."
1st Grade Teacher
B.A. — University of Iowa; Courses in Education, Judaic Studies and Israel History — Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem
"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."
Head of School
B.A. 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
"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. "
Sarah Beth Matt
2nd Grade Teacher
B.A Psychology, Education minor — Clark University; Masters of Arts in Teaching — Clark University
"I love spending my days leading my students in rich conversations, hearing their laughter and watching them grow."
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
"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."
Middle School Math Teacher
B.S. in Computer Science – University of Missouri, St. Louis; MAT – Webster University
"I am inspired when I see young flexible minds come up with unexpected solutions! I love to teach the creative and critical thinking needed for solving problems."
Director of Technology
B.S. in Elementary Education, concentration mathematics — University of Illinois- Urbana- Champaign; M.A. in Reading, Reading Specialist — Northeastern Illinois University
"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."
Israeli Dance Instructor
B.S., science and marketing — University of Arizona; M.A., international affairs — Washington University; Director of Hora Gil folk dancing troupe
"I love to teach Israeli Folk Dancing! It is great way to connect our students to modern Israeli culture and to their ancient Jewish roots. The music is a fusion of all of the Jewish communities of the world."
4th Grade Teacher
B.S. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology--Missouri Baptist University;
Associate of Fine Arts-- St. Louis Community College;
MSEd with a concentration in Elementary Mathematics and Science
"I love opening a world of experience and adventure for our children...world that encourages curiosity, questioning, connection and social responsibility. Through our interactions with children, we have the ability to build a brighter future."
Bachelor of Music Education, Central Methodist University,
Fayette, Missouri; MME- University of Missouri, St. Louis
"You can see a marked change in the child the moment they understand how the music on a page is supposed to sound. They are suddenly comfortable with their instrument and their enthusiasm has a different flavor."
Fifth Grade Teacher, ISACS Coordinator
B.S. Elementary Education, cum laude — Bradley University, concentration- English; 2009 recipient of Chidush Award for Jewish Educators — Boulder, Colorado; Pardes Summer Institute, Jerusalem
"When students construct their own individual meanings while participating in a lesson, they take ownership of their learning, and feel pride and accomplishment. I challenge my students as individuals, but also as active members of a community that works together to create a positive climate for learning."
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 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.
Middle School Coordinator & Science Teacher
B.A. Elementary Education, Middle School Certification in Science, Social Studies and Math — University of Missouri-St. Louis; MAT Science — Webster University
"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."
Rabbi Scott Slarskey
Director of Jewish Life
B.A. Philosophy and Ancient Civilization — Clark University; Rabbinic Ordination — Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
“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.”
2nd Grade Teacher
"At Mirowitz, we design our classrooms around our students' developmental needs, their family's Jewish values, their interests, and the latest research. My role is to listen, observe, nourish, support, make room for discovery, and create challenges. It is such a fulfilling position!"
3rd Grade Teacher
B.A. English –Union College; M.S.T. Elementary Education –Fordham University; M.P.S. Reading & Special Education –Manhattanville College
"I am inspired by the enthusiasm and curiosity of my students, the freshness of their voices and the honesty of their self expression."
B.A. Elementary Education — Grove City College, PA; M.A.T in Communications and Reading — Webster University; Reading Certification — Millersville University, PA
I look at each student as a puzzle, and it is my role to put the pieces — the skills — together. The most rewarding moments are when those pieces finally fit, and a child can say with confidence, 'I am a reader," or "I am a mathematician.'"