Teachers A-Z

Miss Katie Burger

Grades 6, 7, 8 – Literature, Art, Computer

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Education: I received my education degree and certification from Webster University. Certifications: grades 5-9 History Certification, K-12 Music Education Certification, Apple Teacher Certified

Background info: I graduated from Notre Dame High School. Go Rebels! In addition to teaching, I am also the director of ArtCare, an arts and science after-school program in Webster Groves.

Grade/subject taught: 6th grade History, 6th grade Literature, 6th and 7th Grade Art, 6th and 7th Grade Computer

Years at SMMA: I have been a full-time faculty member since 2015

Mrs. Mary Burke

Grade 5 – Language Arts, Science, Religion

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Education: BA in Early Early Childhood Education from Fontbonne University

MAT in Multidisciplinary Studies from Webster University

Certified to teach Pre-K through 8th Grade

Background info: Parkway School District, St. Simon the Apostle PSR, Lindbergh School District

Grade/subject taught: 5th Grade Language Arts, Science, and Religion

Years at SMMA: 5

Mrs. Malinda Callanan

Grade 1

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Education and background:

BS in Elementary Education from Fontbonne University

  • First Grade Teacher Assistant – 1 year at Andrew’s Academy
  • Preschool – 1 year at Christ the King in University City
  • Kindergarten – 4 years at Christ the King in University City and 5 years at St. Simon the Apostle

Grades/Subjects taught:

  • First Grade – St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Years at SMMA:

I started teaching at SMMA in 2018.

Mrs. Cindy Cashel

Grades 6, 7, 8 – Learning Consultant

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B.S. degrees from Quincy University in Elementary Education and also in Special Education.

Missouri certification in both areas.


  • 6th grade unified studies teacher at Palmyra Middle School in Palmyra, MO
  • 8th grade teacher at St. James the Greater in St. Louis

Grade/Subject Taught:

  • (Current)  Learning Consultant (middle school)
  • (Previous) Resource teacher (middle school)
  • 6th grade teacher (Lang. Arts, Math, and Science)
  • (Extra)  Co-chair of VBRD program
  • Student Council moderator  Years at SMMA: 35

Mrs. Shirley Conley


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Education and background:

Bachelor Degree in Bilingual Elementary/Middle School Education at Universidad Regiomontana , Monterrey Mexico.

Grades/Subjects taught:

K – 8 Spanish Teacher

Years at SMMA: 2

Mr. Paul Cooper


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Education and background:

MA Rel Ed – Loyola New Orleans

Directors Certifcate – Paul IV

Philosophy & Theology Studies – Cardinal Glennon College

Mathematics Certificate  – UMSL

BA Elem Ed – Harris Stowe

Grades/Subjects taught:

JH Homerooms from 1974 – 1985.  DRE 1986 – Present.   Subjects: Currently Religion. Early on – All.

Years at SMMA: 46 years

Mrs. Nancy Coughlin

Grades 6, 7, 8, – Literature, English, Religion

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Education: St. Louis University B.A. with double major in English and History plus 20 hours

Religious Certification from the Archdiocese of St. Louis with recognition as a Religion Teacher Specialist.

Background info: Taught PSR at QAS for twelve years while teaching at SMMA

Grade/subject taught: 6-8

Currently Literature and Religion.  I have also taught English and Computers here.

Years at SMMA: 38

In addition to teaching, I facilitate three academic competitions each year: Vianney Decathlon, the American Scholastic League Competition, and the Dubourg Scholar Bowl.  I also facilitate the seventh grade work with DePaul USA coordinating fundraising and activities. I have been a Bellarmine Speech Coach for the whole time at SMMA.  I was the coordinator until recently.

Mrs. Terri Doerr


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Education: BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Minor in History from the University of Missouri, Columbia


  • Kindergarten Teacher-  3Years, Mary Queen of the Universe
  • Tutored-10 years
  • Substitute Teacher- 8 years, Preschool thru 8th Grade
  • Pre-Kindergarten

Grade/Subject Taught: Teaching Pre-Kindergarten

Years at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: 10 years teaching, 8 years subbing

Mrs. Janine Everett

Grade 2

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BS Early Childhood & Elementary Education from UMSL


·         First Grade at Holy Redeemer – 4 years

·         Second Grade at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque – 8.5 years

·         Kindergarten Aide at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque – 4 years

·         Second Grade at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque – since 2001

Grade/Subject Taught: Second grade

Years at SMMA:

32 years

Mrs. Kathy Fischer


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BS in Communication Disorders/Learning Disabilities, Saint Louis University

MA in Communication Disorders/ Learning Disabilities, Saint Louis University

Background Info:

In addition to the Archdiocese, I have taught for The Special School
District and The Churchill School

Grades/Subjects taught:

STREAM Studio, grades K-5 and 8th grade art

Years at SMMA:  3


Mrs. Marianne Freiling


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Graduated summa cum laude from St. Louis University in 1974 with BA in German and Elementary Education

Received Master of Educational Administration degree from St. Louis University in 2001

Obtained catechist and coordinator of religious education certifications from Archdiocese of St. Louis, Paul VI Institute

Serve as Treasurer for the Missouri Nonpublic School Accrediting Association


List of schools that have shaped my classroom teacher experience:

Hillsboro R-3 Elementary School – Grade 2

Columbia, Missouri Public Schools – Field Elementary – Grade 1

Columbia, Missouri Catholic Schools – Our Lady of Lourdes – Grades 1, 2, 3

St. Simon School, Archdiocese of St. Louis – Grades 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

List of school that have formed my administrative experience

St. Francis of Assisi School, Archdiocese of St. Louis – Assistant Principal

St. Simon School, Archdiocese of St. Louis – Principal

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School, Archdiocese of St. Louis

Grade/subject taught: Principal of SMMA since 2008

Years at SMMA: 12

Dr. Debbie Fucoloro


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Google Certified Educator

METC Spotlight Educator, 2017


  • PhD Educational Studies/Curriculum & Instruction, Saint Louis University
  • MAT Education Technology, Webster Univeristy
  • BA Elementary Educdation, Webster University
  • Missouri Certified: Grades 1-8


  • St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School, St. Louis, MO 2013-Present
  • Technology Coordinator/Instructional Technology Specialist
  • St. Clement of Rome School, Des Peres, MO 1997-2012
  • Instructional Technology Specialist (blended position), 2003-2012
  • 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher & Department Coordinator, 2006-2012
  • 7th Grade Science Teacher, 2005-2006
  • 7th Grade Religion Teacher, 2003-2005
  • 4th Grade Teacher, 1997-2003
  • St. Francis of Assisi School, St. Louis, MO
  • 3rd Grade Teacher, 1993-1997

Grade/subject taught: K-8 Instructional Technology, Makerspace & Innovation

Years at SMMA: 6 years

Miss Kathy Gallagher


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Education: BA in Education, MA in education emphasis on Early Childhood, certified in Early Childhood, and  certified in Early Childhood Special Education, listed in Who’s Who in American Education

Background: Long term sub  6 months in 5th grade at St. Timothy, 11 years teaching first grade at SMMA, remainder of years at SMMA have been in Kindergarten

Grade taught: Kindergarten

Years at SMMA: 43

Mrs. Ursula Garcia


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Education: BA in German. minor in Spanish, Teaching certification K-12

Background: Taught Music at Immacolata 1983-1987, taught a self contained 1st grade class at St. John The Baptist grade school on Delor 1987-1988, taught a self contained 2nd grade class at St Bernadette grade school 1988-1989, Church organist at SMMA 1993-2009, Music director at SMMA 1999-2001, Music teacher at SMMA 1999-prestent.

Grade/Subject Taught: Music

Years at SMMA: 20

Mrs. Sue Gargiula

Preschool, 3 year-olds

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Education: Attended Southwest Missouri State

Background: I taught at Notre Dame Preschool in the 2 year old room and the 4 year old room for 4 years.

Grade/subject taught: 3 year old Preschool

Years at SMMA: 9 years

Mrs. Lisa Kreamalmeyer

Grade 5

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Education: I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Southeast Missouri State University.

Background: I have over 30 years of experience in education and 21 of those years have been spent at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. I began my educational career as a 5th grade teacher and am fortunate to still presently be teaching 5th grade students.

Grade/Subject Taught: Fifth Grade

Years at SMMA: 22

Mrs. Barb Krus

Physical Education

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Education: I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from St. Louis University.
Background: I am in the Hall of Fame at Bishop Dubourg High School.
I earned a Softball Athletic Scholarship to St. Louis University where I played and also
coached their Softball Team.
Grades Taught: PE for grades Kindergarten to 8th Grade.
Years at SMMA: 13 years

Mr. Gerry Liebmann


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Education and background:

BA in Music Education, 12 Graduate Credits, Lifetime Certified K-12 Music

17 years experience teaching Music in schools

18 Years experience Sales and Marketing – Executive Recruitment

Grades/Subjects taught:

Grades 4 thru 8 and Pre K Music

Years at SMMA: 3 years

Mrs. Tracey Miesner

School Secretary

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SMMA grad, class of 1987

Cor Jesu Academy grad, class of 1991

Northeast Missouri State University

– BA in History, class of 1995

Truman State University (they changed their name while I was there 🙂

– MAE in Secondary Education, class of 1996



– 6th grade teacher, Fall 1996- Spring 2000

– Computer teacher, Fall 2000 – Spring 2004

– Computer Technician & Trainer, Fall 2004 – Spring 2005

– Student Council Moderator, Fall 2000 – Spring 2005

St. Joseph – Imperial:

– School Receptionist, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015


– School Secretary, Summer 2015 – present

Mrs. Samantha Myers

Grades 6, 7, 8 – Science

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Education and background: BS in Elementary Education; Working toward MA in Educational Administration

Certified: Elementary Education (1st – 6th grade), Mathematics (5th – 9th grade), and Early Childhood (Birth – 3rd grade)

Grades/Subjects taught: I taught middle school math my first 2 years at SMMA, now I teach middle school science. I have only ever taught at SMMA.

Years at SMMA:  8

Mrs. Michelle O’Connell

Grade 3

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Education: ​​Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Minor in Social Studies Grade 4-8, ​Religious Certification, ​Apple Teacher Certification

Background: St. Francis of Assisi 1st & 4th Grade  St. Margaret Mary Alacoque 3rd & 4th Grade  Holy Child 3rd Grade
Grade/subject taught: ​​Grade 3

Years at SMMA: ​​4

Miss Kathleen Regan

Grade 2

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Education: University of Missouri- St. Louis- Bachelor in Science- 2009

Religious certification

Background info: 2010-2012- Technology Teacher Assistant Rockwood School District

2012-2015- Fourth grade teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace

2015- present- Second grade teacher St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Grade/subject taught: Second grade teacher

Years at SMMA: 4

Miss Breanna Schneider

Preschool age 3

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Education and background:

–          Highschool: Nerinx Hall

–          Undergrad: Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) at Mizzou

–          Currently at UMSL for Graduate school in Clinical-Mental Health Counseling

Grades/Subjects taught: preschool age 3

Years at SMMA: 1

Mrs. Cindy Schneider

Grade 4

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Education: BS Elementary Education Grades 1-8, Minor in Social Studies Grades 4-8, & Religion Certification
Grade/subject taught: 4th Grade Self- Contained
Years at SMMA: 34

Ms. Christine Skillman

Preschool Age 4 – Full Day

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Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from UMSL in 2010

Background: Substitute at Our Lady of Sorrows 9 Years
Preschool at Our Lady of Sorrows 4 Years
Kindergarten Aide at Our Lady of Sorrows 1 Year
6th Grade Science and Social Studies, 2nd Grade Reading at Our Lady of Sorrows 1 Year
3 Year Old Preschool Full Day at SMMA 1 Year

Grades/Subjects taught: Pre-Kindergarten 4 Year Old Full Day

Years at SMMA: 2

Miss Rebecca Smith

Grade 3

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Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Maryville University

Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with certification in Early Childhood Special Education from Maryville University

Background info: (i.e. previous employment or teaching experience) 10th year teaching. Taught preschool for 6 years. Taught first grade for 4 years. Currently teaching third grade.

Grade/subject taught: Third grade

Years at SMMA: 4

Mrs. Bethany Tague


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Education: BA+15 hours from Fontbonne University 1991

Certified in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education

Experience: Our Lady of Fatima School, Kindergarten Teacher 1991-1993

St. Cecilia School, Preschool Director/Teacher 1993-1994

St. Joan of Arc School, Kindergarten Teacher 1994-1997

Our Lady of Fatima School, Kindergarten Teacher 1997-2005

St. Michael the Archangel School, First Grade Teacher 2005-2012

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School, Kindergarten Teacher 2012-Present

Grade/Subject Taught: Kindergarten

Years at SMMA: 7

Mrs. Cindy Taylor

Grade 4

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Education: BA Education UMSL 1977


39 years teaching in St Louis Archdiocese

Holy Redeemer: Gr 2,3 self-contained; Gr 6-8 American History, World History, Religion – 1977-82

St. Joseph (Kimmswick): Gr 2 (self-contained); Gr 6 – 8 Literature, Religion (part-time – computer,                  PE, resource for two years) – 1982-1990

Mustard Seed Preschool: PE (part-time while at St. Joe’s) – 1986

St Anthony of Padua: Gr 6 (self-contained) 1990-91

St Margaret Mary Alacoque: Gr 2, 5 (self-contained), Gr 6 Math/Science (with Gr 7 Sci one year),

Gr 5 – 8 Math (including 2 years with 4th as well) 1991-present

Grade/Subject Taught: Grade 5-8 math

Years at SMMA: 25+

Mrs. Colleen Tierney


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Education and Background:
  • Graduate of SMMA  in 1977.
  • Graduate of Notre Dame High School in 1981.
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education  from the University of Missouri St. Louis in 1985.
  • Master of Science in Elementary Education from the university of Missouri St. Louis in 1993.

Grades Taught:

  • Second Grade teacher at Our Lady of Sorrows from 1985-1987.
  • Second Grade teacher in Mehlville School District from 1987-1996
  • Substitute teacher in Mehlville School District 2015-2016.
  • Pre-Kindergarten teacher at SMMA 2016-present.
Years at SMMA: 3

Mrs. Cathy Touzinsky

Grade 1

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Education: BA from Saint Louis University where I majored in Elementary Education and minored in Spanish; Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on literacy from the University of Missouri – Columbia

Background info: (i.e. previous employment or teaching experience) Most of my teaching career has been at SMMA. I did my student teaching at Assumption Grade School in 2nd grade; began at SMMA in 1999 teaching 2nd grade for 2 years; I taught 1st grade at Oak Hill/Villa Duchesne 2001-2002; came back to 2nd grade at SMMA in 2002; moved to 1st grade in 2015-2016 school year

Grade/subject taught: Grade 1

Years at SMMA: 20

Mrs. Janet Wallace

Grades 6, 7, 8, – Religion, Social Studies

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Education: BS in Elementary Education, 4-8 grade Social Studies Certification

Religious Certification from Paul VI Institute of Archdiocese of St. Louis

Background info: (i.e. previous employment or teaching experience)

2nd grade teacher for six years at Seven Holy Founders

2nd grade PSR teacher for three years at Seven Holy Founders

Parents as Teacher educator for three years with the Mehlville School District

Substitute teacher for Mehlville School District, Queen of All Saints, Assumption, and SMMA

1st grade PSR teacher for four years at SMMA

Grade/subject taught: 7th grade homeroom/ 6th grade religion/ 7th and 8th grade social studies (American history)

Years at SMMA: 12

Mrs. Debbie Walsh

School Librarian and Teacher Aide

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Role at SMMA: School Librarian and Teacher Aide

Years at SMMA: 16

Mrs. Jean Wever

Grades 6, 7, 8 – Language Arts

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Education: BA in education from UMSL 1985

Background: previous schools taught at Holy Innocents and St. Mary Magdalen in the city

Grade/Subject Taught: seventh grade homeroom

I currently teach middle school language arts ( grammar and composition)

Years at SMMA: 11