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Ms. Susan

Hi Ho, my name is Susan Tiffany. I am a part of KECC’s flex staff team so I get to play in many rooms and get to know many of our students here.

 

I have been with KECC since August of 2016. I have my bachelors in Education and graduated Southeast Missouri State University with both Early Childhood and Elementary certification.

 

The Muppets, especially Kermit the Frog, are one of my favorite things. I live in Kirkwood with my son who will begin KHS in the fall of 2022. I like to be out and about in our community so don’t be surprised if we bump into each other outside of school. 

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Ms. Melissa

Hi, I’m Ms Melissa and have been teaching at KECC since 1999. I started this journey in the Turtle Room and transitioned to the Honeybees in 2005. 

I believe our school family is made up of unique individuals each with their own learning style, interests, hopes, and dreams. I strive to make a classroom feel like a home, a place where everyone feels safe and loved.

This is a place where everyone belongs. I believe play is crucial for our little ones throughout their day. In my experience, social skills are the foundation of a successful learning career. I believe children learn best when we let them navigate and lead in the experiences they have every day.

I am here to guide and facilitate their curiosity as they explore their independence. I feel strongly that praising their effort is more impactful than praising the outcome.

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Ms. Margie

My name is Margie Thornton. I have been teaching preschool age children for a long time. Before coming to KECC, I was a preschool teacher at St. Joseph Educational Childcare Center. I began working at St. Joe’s ECCC while attending Fontbonne University. I have been teaching at KECC since 2002! I have been a part of the Lion Room since 2012.

I live in Barnhart with my husband, Cary and our two beautiful black Labs, Marley and Libby. I am a mom to two grown daughters and a “Gigi” to six grandchildren.

When I am not here, I enjoy caring for my five grandchildren!  I also enjoy cooking, shopping and spending time with my family! My favorite place to be is relaxing on a beach.

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Ms. Lisa

My name is Lisa. I have been a part of the KECC family since 2006. I started at St. Louis Community College, then transferred to Southeast Missouri State University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. I have been in many rooms throughout my time at KECC as a teacher.

I’ve also been lucky enough to be a parent while my own kids were Elephants, Bunnies, Turtles, and Pandas. Seeing KECC as both a staff member and as a parent has shown me that this school is a wonderful place to be!

I am married with two kiddos, Tyler and Cora. We live in South County with our dog, Herbie and our cat, Hank.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, building Legos with my kids, hanging out with friends, and volunteering for my kid’s school.

My favorite thing about KECC is watching the kiddos grow and learn. It is amazing to see how far they come during their time here. 

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Ms. Laura

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Ms. Kendra

Hi... My name is Kendra Mueller and I have been in early education for over 20 years. I am currently in the Elephant room and I enjoy every minute of it. I have been at KECC since 2002 and I have had many roles here from floating to being a teacher in a classroom. I look forward to many more years to come.
     
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, hanging out with friends, swimming in my pool and enjoying the outdoors.

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Ms. Jesica

I graduated from UMSL with my Elementary and Early childhood degrees. I love working here at KECC, especially in the Bear Room.

I have a fur baby named Penny, and we spend lots of time with family and friends. 

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Ms. Jeanne

Hi my name is Jeanne Noriega. I have been a teacher at KECC since 1996.
 
In my free time, I like to watch movies, and spending time with my daughter. 
 
I look forward working with you and your child in the Puppy Dog room.

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Ms. Cecilia

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Ms. Bri

I am Brianna Silverman. I have been teaching since 2014 and part of the team at KECC since 2017.

My husband, Steve, son, Bram and kitten, Mittens, accompany me on many adventures. During my free time, I love being outdoors; camping, fishing, hiking and boating. Reading and baking are my favorite indoor hobbies.

I look forward to meeting you and teaching your child!

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Ms. Amy

I have been at KECC since 2013 and have worked in the Penguin, Bunny, Turtle, and Honeybee Rooms. This year, I decided to be a flexible staff member.

My husband and I were married in 2002.  We live in Barnhart with our three teenage boys. Alex, Ben and Ryan.  We also have two dogs Petey, Pickles and a cat named Princess.

I have been working with smaller kids as far back as I can remember. I received my  Associates Degree in Early Childhood. I also have my certification in Parents as Teachers from birth to age 5. Before I came to KECC, I did Parents as Teachers for the Fox School District. 

I look forward to working with your child and getting to know all of you this year.

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Mr. AJ

Hello! My name is Mr. AJ. I have spent the past year getting to know the amazing team here at KECC.
 
My goal is to help students build confidence with creative play and art. I love collaborating with the students and teaching them how to better our community. 
 
On the weekends, I love to explore local parks, paint, and discover new authors to read.
 
I look forward to meeting more KECC families!