|Father Lawrence Herzog: Pastor, Algebra
Certification: Elementary Education (K-8th); Math (7th-9th)
Teaching Experience: Little Flower School (10 years); Bishop DuBourg High School (19 years); Kennedy High School (6 years); St. Martin of Tours School (3 years)
My goal as an educator is to bring a presence of Jesus Christ into the learning experience. I became a teacher to imitate Jesus, the best teacher. My interests outside of teaching are music, swimming, and passenger rail roads.
|Sister Cynthia Kozicki: Faith Formation
Certification: Elementary (K-8th)
Teaching Experience: 43 years in schools across the US (and Thailand!)
My goal as an educator is to provide an atmosphere of joy and happiness in which students can experience peace and love during their school hours. The subject that I most enjoy teaching is religion, because I enjoy watching children grow, especially in their faith. My hope is that what they learn about their faith in school will be carried over into adulthood. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with Ginger (my pastor’s dog) and Sandy (my sister’s dog), listening to good music, and listening to baseball (especially the Cardinals).
|Mr. Andrew Long: Principal
Certification: Social Sciences (5-9); Archdiocesan Religion Certification (K-8); Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, University of Notre Dame
Teaching Experience: Dolores Mission School (4 years); De La Salle Middle School (8 years); Barat Academy High School (1 year)
A Catholic school is a positive, loving, Christ-centered environment which challenges students spiritually and academically. My experience in Catholic education and Catholic school communities has been diverse, from working at a suburban high school in Chesterfield to the urban, at-risk populations in Los Angeles and St. Louis, to my personal Catholic educational experience from kindergarten through high school, college, and post-graduate studies. Through these experiences, I have come to believe that being an educator in the Catholic school system is embracing a calling to be there for the whole student and allowing a two-way street of information, ideas, and resources to flow in and out of the classroom and school building. Whether the student is in PreK or a senior in high school, living in suburbia or the inner city, every student deserves the opportunity a Catholic school can provide.
|Ms. Deb Richter: Administrative Assistant
I have been at Little Flower School for since 2007. My goal is to welcome all parents, students, and visitors to Little Flower and make them feel like part of the Little Flower community. The students and teachers make my job fun and exciting every day! Outside of school I love to spend time with my two daughters, read good books and travel whenever I can.
|Ms. Katie Weiland: Pre-K (3 year olds)
Certification: Early Childhood Education (birth-3rd grade)
Teaching Experience: At Little Flower School since 2015, teaching Pre-K3; 1 year at The Goddard School as the Lead Teacher in the Infant and Toddler rooms.
My goal as an educator is to provide a safe learning environment that offers opportunities for children to develop into well-rounded, well-educated individuals through a variety of learning experiences. I enjoy teaching preschool and encouraging curiosity as children learn about the world around them. Outside of school, I enjoy keeping busy crafting, cooking, gardening, running with my dogs, taking Bar Method classes, and spending time with my big family!
|Ms. Michelle Williams: Pre-K (4 year olds)
Certification: BA Psychology; Child Development
Teaching Experience: Carmelite Child Development Center (3+ years)
As a teacher to our young children, my goal is to help build a solid foundation grounded in faith and love as we prepare our children for the academic challenges that lay ahead. A major turning point in moral development occurs during the preschool years as our children begin to internalize family values. As a teacher at Little Flower, I have the opportunity to share and reinforce the values of our Catholic faith. As an introduction to formal education, preschool is not only preparing our children to read and write but how to learn and grow as a Christian in the classroom and within our community. I enjoy spending time watching sporting events, from Cardinals games to Little Flower soccer games. I also enjoy going to concerts and, most of all, spending time with my family and friends.
|Mrs. Lindsay Moehle: Kindergarten
Certification: Elementary Education (K-6), Early Childhood (Birth-K), Special Education (K-12)
Teaching Experience: Little Guppy Early Childhood Center (1 year), Special School District (4 years), Giant Steps of St. Louis (4 years)
Being able to teach children is one of the greatest gifts I have received from God. I feel very blessed to be doing something I don’t even consider a job. The children often teach me. They teach me to love unconditionally, they teach me patience, and they teach me to learn and grow with them. I enjoy “thinking outside of the box,”finding fun and creative ways to engage children in learning. I also enjoy going on adventures around STL with my family, having BBQs, crafting, and painting.
|Mrs. Sue Renz: 1st Grade
Certification: Elementary Education (K-8th); Special Education; Learning Disabled; Archdiocesan Religion Certification (K-8th)
Teaching Experience: Little Flower School (26 years); Northwest R-1 School District (11 years)
God gave us all special gifts and talents. All of us are unique, no one learns the same way or at the same pace. As an educator I want to be able to assist every student in using their gifts and talents to be and do their personal best. I love teaching reading to first graders because the growth that the children make, especially in the first grade, is amazing. They blossom so much and become excited about the stories and information that they are able to read and learn. Outside of school I love to read, sew, and have family dinners.
|Mrs. Bea Pollard: 2nd Grade
Certification: Elementary Education (K-8th); Archdiocesan Religion Certification (K-8th); Archdiocesan CRE/DRE Certification
Teaching Experience: Little Flower School (1 year); St. Angela Merici School (1 year); St. Luke the Evangelist School (CRE, 3 years); St. Martin de Porres School (4 years); PSR at various parishes (8 years)
As an educator, I hope to help each child do their personal best to allow God’s gifts to shine. Every student has abilities and talents different from the next. With the caring guidance of parents and teachers, these children can share their unique gifts to bring forth God’s kingdom. I have always loved teaching 2nd grade, especially because of the sacramental preparation. When not in my classroom, I enjoy cooking, scrapbook-ing, singing, music, and fun times with family and friends.
|Ms. Marcy Meyer: 3rd Grade
Certification: Elementary Education (1st – 6th)
Teaching Experience: At Little Flower School since 2015; Previously assisted with the Little Flower Aftercare program before joining as a Teacher
My goal for students in third grade is to become confident, curious, and faith-filled students. Students in third grade will realize how important the Saints are to our Catholic faith and how we too can become a saint. Out of all the subjects I teach, my favorite is to teach math because math is challenging and math is always around us!
|Mrs. Julie Saeger: 4th Grade
Certification: Elementary Education (1st – 6th)
Teaching Experience: Little Flower School (12 years)
My goal as an educator is to get students excited about learning and to be a positive role model in the lives of my students. Before my permanent teaching position, I was a substitute teacher. I did a long term substitute position for the former 4th grade teacher at Little Flower, which ultimately brought me here! Outside of teaching, I love traveling with my family, reading, cooking, and taking lots of pictures!
|Mrs. Sharon Drane: 5th Grade Homeroom, 7th Religion
Certification: Elementary Education (1st-8th)
Teaching Experience: Little Flower School (4 years); Incarnation School (TN) (9 years); Dr. Phillips Elementary (FL) (11 years); Holy Family School (KY) (3 years); St. Athanasius School (KY) (3 years)
God gave each of us a purpose for our life, to do His will. My goal is, while I have His children, to provide them the greatest education possible so they can fulfill His purpose to the best of their abilities. My hope is that somewhere along the way, they gain a love for learning. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. No other occupation interested me. Social Studies is the subject I most love teaching, because I find it fascinating to study how people lived, the decisions they made, and the effect those decisions had on the world. My interests outside of teaching are traveling, reading autobiographies, watching documentaries, and sewing/crafting.
|Mrs. Elena Stamper: 6th Homeroom, 7th Grade Math, Aftercare Director
Certification: Mathematics (5-12)
Teaching Experience: Little Flower School; De La Salle Middle School (1 year); Washingtonville High School, NY (1 year)
My goal as an educator is to create an inviting classroom environment in which students actively participate in achieving their greatest potential. Outside of teaching, I enjoy reading, origami, doing Sudoku puzzles, and spending time with family.
|Mrs. Rose Duncan: 7th Grade Homeroom, 7th Math, 7th-8th Science
Certification: Elementary Education (K-8th); Archdiocesan Religion Certification (K-8th)
Teaching Experience: Little Flower School (31 years); Our Lady of Pillar School (4 years)
My goal as an educator is to challenge each and every student to find their unique, God-given gift or talent and to develop it to the best of their ability. I get excited when I see our students eager to come to school and walking in every morning with smiles on their faces! The subject I most enjoy teaching is math. Math is a part of our life all day long whether it is sports, cooking, business, etc.! My goal is for students not to fear or dislike math, but rather gain self-confidence in their skills. Outside of school, I love gardening, composting, and “farming”. In my side yard, I have several 18 feet by 6 feet raised beds for my farming. With the help of my goddaughter, we grow tomatoes, peppers, zucchini (her favorite), asparagus, cucumbers, squash, and many different herbs.
|Mrs. Elaine Kientzle: 8th grade homeroom, 7th-8th grades Religion and Confirmation, 6th-8th grades English and Vocabulary, 8th grade American History, 7th grade World Geography
Certification: State of Missouri Elementary Education, Grades 1-8, Career CPC; State of Missouri Social Studies, Grades 4-8, Career CPC; Archdiocese of Saint Louis Elementary Religion Teacher Certification
Teaching Experience: Little Flower, 2016 – Present; St. Clare of Assisi School, 2010 – 2016; St. Michael the Archangel School, 2008 – 2010; Little Flower School, 2000 – 2008
As a catholic teacher, my role is to expand the range of learning through whole class, individual, and small group instruction; and cooperative education. Differentiated instruction is implemented to accommodate students with varying learning styles and abilities. All the while, a safe and faith-filled environment is provided and maintained in the classroom so the students develop into successful learners.
|Mrs. Pam Bates: Music and PE
Certification: Music (K-12th)
Teaching Experience: Little Flower School (8 years); Imagine Academy of Careers (1 year); Oakville Middle School (1 year)
My goal as an educator is to teach the student’s in a multitude of ways about music, to enhance their knowledge every year, and build on what was taught the year before. I also hope to help students gain confidence in performing and speaking in public, and most importantly, to teach about “Singing with Joy to God” (Psalm 81). There are many reasons why I became a teacher. One is that I had a great example, my mother, who was a teacher. I loved helping her get her classroom together! I also had some amazing teachers growing up who inspired me to follow my dreams. I have known since I was little that God gave me the gift of music, and have felt the calling to spread my love of music since then. My interests outside of teaching are singing, musicals, dancing, and gardening.
|Mr. Richard Mankus: 6th grade Mathematics; 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Literature
Certification: BS Education University of MO-St. Louis; K-8 certification
Teaching Experience: Chaminade College Prep – 11 years; Saint Justin the Martyr Catholic School – 8 years; Saint Matthias the Apostle Catholic School – 10 years; Saint Margaret of Scotland Catholic School – 1 year; Saint Peter Catholic School/Kirkwood – 10 years
Teacher, student, and parent must all share in the responsibility for education. Each must do their part in order for the educational process to be completely effective. Students must take an ACTIVE role in this process. Rather than seeing the teacher as the source of all knowledge…students must understand that they have a responsibility for their own educational success. Teachers are learning facilitators who challenge students to work hard, do their best, and achieve more than they may think is possible. Every student is capable of success at some level. Every student has something to contribute. The atmosphere in the classroom must be one of mutual trust. This atmosphere can be accomplished when there is mutual respect between all parties involved in the educational process.