learning support team

Each member of our distinguished faculty knows that the job responsibilities far exceed the job description. After all, we have the sacred task of nurturing young souls and inspiring young minds.

  • We provide the tools for self-confidence and the inspiration for a lifetime of learning.
  • We help each child to reach his or her potential, to fearlessly quest for knowledge and understanding.
  • We are creative, experienced and passionate. And in our hands we hold a life — the ultimate responsibility.

Tina Garcia

Director of Support Services

BA Elementary and Special Education. Fontbonne University
MA. Educational Administration William Woods University
Special Education Director Certificate. William Woods University
It is a privilege to work for a school that values diversity and believes that all children can learn.

Sue Lapp

Learning Specialist

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. "

Learning Specialist

Risa Shyres

Occupational Therapist

B.S. Psychology — University of Miami. Master's in Occupational Therapy — Washington University School of Medicine, Advanced training in Sensory Integration and Handwriting
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.

Casey Stallings

Speech/Language Pathologist

B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Oklahoma
M.S. Speech-Language Pathology, Fontbonne University
I believe all forms of communication are valid. It's inspiring to watch a child feel empowered as they connect with others in meaningful ways.

Melissa Wachler

Speech/Language Therapist

B.A. Communication Studies — University of Michigan; M.A. Communication Disorders — Central Michigan University
I am passionate about helping each child find his or her "voice" through the art of communication. It is an incredible privilege to support each student and help them reach their greatest potential.