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Frog Room Teachers

Left to right:  Ms. Shari, Ms. Leslie, Ms. Maggie, Ms. Jill 

Meet the Frog Room Teachers

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Ms. Maggie, Lead Teacher

I began my teaching career in 1993 and started at KECC in 2007.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders from Mizzou and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Webster University. 

I have a daughter at Mizzou (my husband and I are both alums so we’re all about the Tigers in my family!) and a son at Parkway South High School. 

I love getting to spend my days with preschoolers!

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Ms. Jill, Classroom Educator

In 2016, I started at KECC. I have my master’s degree in elementary education. I previously taught kindergarten in Memphis, Tennessee before my husband John and I moved our family to St. Louis six years ago.

Our freshman daughter is attending Hope College in Holland, Michigan.  I have junior and freshman daughters at Kirkwood High School as well.

I love this pre-school age group andlook forward to working with all our Frogs this year.

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Ms. Leslie, Classroom Educator

In 2001, I began teaching at KECC! 

I have a daughter that lives in St. Louis with her husband and my granddaughter Annie and another daughter that lives in St. Louis with her husband and my grandson Gabriel. 

Looking forward to a year filled with fun with all of our Frog friends.

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Ms. Shari, Classroom Educator

I have been here at KECC since 2001!  I was a part of the full day program for ten years, before joining the half day program. 

My son works for the Federal police force and my daughter is attending Missouri State.  I am Program manager for The Maren Fund, a program helping to further skills and education for children with Down syndrome. 

I’m excited to get to know your family and child and to watch them grow!

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Ms. Jen, Occupational Therapist

I have been a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for almost 28 years. I have worked in pediatric rehabilitation at Ranken Jordan and in elementary schools before starting at KECC in 2005. I love working with children!! I have three sons, all in college. Our family loves going to the beach, exploring national parks, and hiking together.

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Ms. Megan, Speech Language Pathologist

I have a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Health Science in Communication Science and Disorders, both from the University of Missouri - Columbia. I have spent most of my career in Kirkwood, joining the staff of KECC in 2002.

My husband and I love to spend time at our lake house and travel whenever we can.

I love working in early childhood, as it is a time when significant language development occurs. It's so much fun to see this development and get to be a part of it everyday!

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Ms. Patrice, Physical Therapist

Hi. My name is Patrice Gouy and I began working as the physical therapist at KECC in January 2019. I graduated from St. Louis University (a long time ago) in 1992. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago where I started my career as a PT, and still travel back often to visit family. 

Currently, I live in Edwardsville, IL with my husband, Steve, and our daughter, Sara. I thoroughly enjoy watching Sara play volleyball for both her school and club teams.

In my downtime, I also enjoy spending time outside as often as possible; walking/running with our dog, Max; reading; and spending time with family.

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