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Mrs. Beth Bartolotta
Principal
Contact e-mail: beth.bartolotta@sfaschoolstl.org

Beth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood education from Maryville University, a Master’s degree in Special Education from Fontbonne University, and a Master’s degree in Administration from Saint Louis University.  She is a certified religion teacher and certified catechist for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Beth spent the last 9 years as the principal of St. Justin Martyr.  Prior to that she was a learning consultant and a primary teacher at St. Justin Martyr and Our Lady of Sorrows.  She has served on accreditation teams with the St. Louis Archdiocese and with AdvancED.

Beth was the recipient of the Rose Philippine Duchesne Distinguished Principal Award in 2013.  She brings to St. Francis experience in standards-based grading, professional learning communities, curriculum mapping, integrated instruction, strategic planning, enrollment management, data teams, and more.  With these best practices in place, St. Justin experienced its highest level of enrollment in 40 years and wait lists at several grade levels.  Data from the Archdiocesan database indicated that during the final five years of Beth’s tenure as principal, St. Justin, which sits within the Lindbergh School District, had a higher percentage of growth in enrollment than the Lindbergh district did during that same period.

Along with St. Francis parishioner Dr. Mary O’Connell, Beth was a member of Archbishop Carlson’s Mission Advancement Initiative.  The two served on a committee led by Dr. Karen Tichy to develop rubrics to accompany the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools.

Cultivating opportunities for encountering Christ is a goal of hers.  Beth says that she is looking forward to creating a shared vision with the community of St. Francis of Assisi and to build a stronger, more viable ministry of Catholic education within the parish.

Miss Hannah Auer
School Secretary
Contact e-mail: hannah.auer@sfaschoolstl.org

Miss Auer brings to this position a balance of experience in faith development, education training, and business experience.  After graduating from SFA, she attended Cor Jesu Academy and continued her involvement in the youth group at St. Francis.  Upon graduating from Cor Jesu, she attended Southeast Missouri State where she studied secondary education and took on administrative roles as Corresponding Secretary and Membership Vice President in her service sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma.  Since graduating from Southeast, she has been employed by US Bank.

Last May, Miss Auer became the part time Youth Ministry Coordinator at St. Francis after serving as a member of the Life Teen Core Team since 2008.  She looks forward to integrating her full skill set and passion, not only in a Catholic school setting, but in the parish that she loves.

Educator Name: Mrs. Erika Zambo
Grade: K
Contact e-mail: erika.zambo@sfaschoolstl.org

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi School! I am very excited to be teaching your children in the coming year. To tell you a little bit about myself, I graduated from Missouri State in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Education. I started at St. Francis of Assisi in the fall of 2005 as a preschool aide. In 2007, I began teaching my own preschool class while continuing to be an aide. From 2008-2014, I moved to the Pre-K classroom as a teacher and in 2014 started teaching Kindergarten. This will be my third year as a Kindergarten teacher. In total, I have been with St. Francis of Assisi for 11 years.

I am married to my wonderful husband, Matt! Together we have two children who both attend St. Francis of Assisi school. Logan, is in second grade and Maya is in kindergarten. We recently moved to Oakville, MO and are members of SFA parish. In addition to teaching, I am very active in the parish. I am a member of the Parish Missionary Disciples, the technology committee and a chair for the parish picnic. When not attending sporting events for my children, my free time is spent with my family visiting the various St. Louis attractions.

With each new school year, I love the new students, new faces and new personalities. I am most excited to get to know each and every one of my students. I am eager to see how much they already know and how much they will learn this year. I am overwhelmed with new ideas that I want to implement and cannot wait to see how they will grasp these new concepts. I am looking forward to seeing another class of children come to me eager to learn and hopefully walk out at the end of the year with a wealth of knowledge. I look forward to a classroom full of students that trust me to be their mentor and leader, their guider and their provider. It is a great honor and privilege to teach at St. Francis of Assisi school. Thank you for all of your support!


The Kindergarten Aide is Erin Pleimann.

Educator Name: Mrs. Linda Wood
Grade: 1
Contact e-mail: linda.wood@sfaschoolstl.org

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi School! I am very excited to be teaching your children in the coming year. To tell you a little bit about myself, I received my degree in Elementary Education from the University of MO – St. Louis in 2013 and also have a degree in Business Administration from Truman State University. I have taught 4th, 5th and 1st grade at SFA. This is my 5th year at SFA School.

I am married and have 4 children. One of my daughters is a Freshman at Texas Christian University. I have a Sophomore at Cor Jesu Academy as well as a 6th & 7th grader here. We love to travel and spend time together as a family. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and just love everything about volleyball. Another hobby of mine is learning foreign languages. I can speak some French and Russian and am happy that we offer Spanish at SFA!

I am looking forward to another year in 1st grade and helping my students grow in their relationship with Christ. I also love getting my students excited about learning.


The 1st Grade Aide is Lauren Singer.

Educator Name: Mrs. Jill Rado
Grade: 2
Contact e-mail: jill.rado@sfaschoolstl.org

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi School! I am very excited to be teaching your children in the coming year. I have been teaching second graders for 25 years. I received my BS in Education from Eastern Michigan University. I received my Masters of Education from the University of MO – St. Louis.

Second graders are awesome! I love to help my students grow in their faith as we prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. I also enjoy teaching simple sign language to my second graders. It is fun to teach them to understand directions, sign prayers, and even sign a song in American Sign Language.

My favorite thing to do is read. I also love to drink coffee and play word games with family and friends.


The 2nd Grade Aide is Liz Hampton.

Educator Name: Ms. Warren
3rd Grade Teacher
Contact e-mail: becky.warren@sfaschoolstl.org

I attended Fontbonne University and received a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Elementary Education. While this is my first year of teaching, I do have 2.5 years of subbing experience in various schools and districts. Because I am fresh out of school, I am up-to-date on the newest trends and philosophies in the classroom. I love working with kids and I’m beyond excited to be on this journey!

Outside of school, I am involved with and passionate about dancing with the German Cultural Society of St. Louis. I have been German dancing since I was six years old and can’t imagine my life without it. It is always fun to meet up with old friends, make new ones, and keep our German heritage alive!


The 3rd Grade Aide is Gina Faust.

Educator Name: Mrs. Chris Cuneo
Early Interventionist K-3
Contact e-mail: chris.cuneo@sfaschoolstl.org

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi School! I am very excited to be teaching your children in the coming year. To tell you a little bit about myself, this will be my 30th year at SFA School. While in many different roles throughout the years, the last 16 years have been spent as a 3rd grade teacher. I was privileged to win the Archbishop May Teacher of the Year Award in the 2008-09 school year. This school year I am looking forward to my new role as the Early Interventionist where I will be working with students in grades K-3 to help them be successful students here at St. Francis of Assisi.

My husband and I have been married for 41 years and we have been members of the parish for 36 years. We have a son and a daughter who both graduated from SFA. I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my 3 year old granddaughter and 10 month old grandson.

With each new school year, I look forward to helping my students grow in their love for God and instill in them an eagerness to learn.

Educator Name: Mrs. Lisa Jacob
Grade: 4
Contact e-mail: lisa.jacob@sfaschoolstl.org

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi School! I am very excited to be teaching your children in the coming year. To tell you a little bit about myself, I attended Eastern IL University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. From 1987-1991, I taught 2nd grade at SFA School. I worked for 7 years for Mehlville School District with the Parents as Teachers program and then for the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments as a parent support advisor and coordinator. In 2005, I returned to SFA school where I currently teach 4th grade.

I am married and we have been members of SFA for over 30 years. We have 3 children, 2 of which are SFA alumni. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, walking, music, crossword puzzles and going to the beach as often as possible.

I always look forward to a new year with new possibilities. I enjoy using the technology as a supplement to my teaching. I also look forward to teaching religion to both intermediate grades and sharing my faith with the students. It has been a pleasure teaching at SFA through the years and I always look forward to working with families and children. Thank you for sharing your children with me each day.


The 4th Grade Aide is Sheri Howley.

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi! I am really looking forward to working with the students again this year. I’ve worked in many positions at St. Francis over the years. Thirteen years ago I started as playground monitor for recess, then moved on to volunteering in the school library. Next, I had the opportunity to substitute in all the grades and specialties. This is my fifth year as an aide. I’ve been an aide in: Kindergarten, 1st grade (twice), and 4th grade. Now I’m excited about being the aide for 4th and 5th grade. I’m honored to work with the students and I love to see how their minds work and how they view the world. I hope they enjoy working with me as much as I enjoy working with them. I’ve been married to my husband for 23 years and we have two children. Our daughter is a graduate of SFA and our son is in 8th grade.

Educator Name: Mrs. Mary Burkhardt
Grade: 5
Contact e-mail: mary.burkhardt@sfaschoolstl.org

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi School! I am very excited to be teaching your children in the coming year. To tell you a little bit about myself, I have a BA in Education from UMSL and additional religious certification from the Paul VI Institute. This will be my 29th year at SFA. I taught music my first year and Kindergarten for the last 26 years. This will be my second year as a 5th grade teacher. In addition, I teach 4th grade Math and Science. I am also the Bellarmine Speech coordinator for St. Francis.

I have been married for 34 years. I love to garden, read, and spend time at Lake Egypt in Southern IL. I have a 20 lb. Tuxedo cat named Charlie and a 2 year old Border Collie named Gracie.

I am looking forward to a great year, and am very pleased to be a part of the new Project Lead The Way Launch Program (PTLW) in Science this year! It will be a lot of fun!


The 5th Grade Aide is Sheri Howley.

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi! I am really looking forward to working with the students again this year. I’ve worked in many positions at St. Francis over the years. Thirteen years ago I started as playground monitor for recess, then moved on to volunteering in the school library. Next, I had the opportunity to substitute in all the grades and specialties. This is my fifth year as an aide. I’ve been an aide in: Kindergarten, 1st grade (twice), and 4th grade. Now I’m excited about being the aide for 4th and 5th grade. I’m honored to work with the students and I love to see how their minds work and how they view the world. I hope they enjoy working with me as much as I enjoy working with them. I’ve been married to my husband for 23 years and we have two children. Our daughter is a graduate of SFA and our son is in 8th grade.

Educator Name: Mr. Robert Zielinski
Grade: 6
Contact e-mail: robert.zielinski@sfaschoolstl.org

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi School! I am very excited to be teaching your children in the coming year. To tell you a little bit about myself, I received my BA in Middle School Education from Fontbonne University. This will be my third year at SFA.

I am married and we have 3 children. Dominic, age 5 attends SFA kindergarten. Cecilia is 3, and Benjamin was born in January 2016. As you can imagine, my children consume most of my spare time but we love spending time together as a family.

I am looking forward to working with all the students again and being able to continue to build relationship with everyone at SFA School.

Educator Name: Mrs. Mary Schurk
Grade: 7
Contact e-mail: mary.schurk@sfaschoolstl.org

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi School! I am very excited to be teaching your children in the coming year. To tell you a little bit about myself, I received my undergraduate degree at St. Louis University. I received my Masters in Education from the University of MO – St. Louis. I taught at Bishop DuBourg High School for 11 years before coming to St. Francis of Assisi School. This will be my 21st year at SFA School.

I’m the 7th of 8 children in our family. I have been married to my husband, Jim, for 32 years and we have two daughters. In my spare time, I love to travel, read, hike, camp, cook and sing.

I am looking forward to a year of teaching middle school students the joy of reading and interpreting many genres of literature as well as helping them discover the best way to express their thoughts in writing. Words are power, and so important in this time of instantaneous communication. I hope to incorporate different aspects of technology into my language arts lessons as well.

To my students: Be grateful for the extraordinary mind God has given you and use it to its full potential.

Educator Name: Mrs. Sue Bokamper
Grade: 8
Contact e-mail: sue.bokamper@sfaschoolstl.org

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi School! I am very excited to be teaching your children in the coming year. To tell you a little bit about myself, I have a BSW and a BS in Secondary Education. For just a short time, I worked as a juvenile parole office but the last 40 years I have been teaching at SFA.

I enjoy reading, learning about history, watching my son’s baseball games, gardening and spending time with my extremely large family.

I always look forward to the gratifying feeling I receive when students are successfully empowered through my instruction.

Educator Name: Mrs. JoAnn Hufker
Grade: Physical Education
Contact e-mail: jo.hufker@sfaschoolstl.org

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi School! I am very excited to be teaching your children in the coming year. To tell you a little bit about myself, I received a Bachelor of Science from Iowa Wesleyan College which helped me obtain a position in the Physical therapy field. In 2002, I earned my degree in Education PE and Health K-12 from UMSL. I taught for 2 years at Hancock Middle School before staying at home to start a family

I am married and we have 2 daughters that attend St. Francis of Assisi School. Most of my hobbies include a bat, ball and or racket which makes teaching PE the best job of all.

This is my second year teaching PE at SFA. My first year I focused on getting to know the students at SFA, and what a wonderful group of students they are! This year my focus is on helping students build a life long love of physical activity and for God.

Educator Name: Mrs. Chris Mora
Grade: Learning Consultant
Contact e-mail: chris.mora@sfaschoolstl.org

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi School! I am very excited to be teaching your children in the coming year. To tell you a little bit about myself, I earned my teaching degree at IL State University. I earned my Masters degree at Maryville University. I taught at St. Paul’s for a semester as a permanent sub before moving to St. Francis of Assisi in 1991. At SFA, I started out teaching second grade for 7 years, and I have been the Learning Consultant the remaining years.

I am married for 24 years and we have 2 children. Our daughter Megan is 20 and a Junior at MO State University. Our son Matthew is 17 and a Senior at Oakville High School. In my spare time, I love to read and take care of my flowers and yard. As a family, we love to go to the beach.

I am looking forward to another wonderful year at St. Francis of Assisi School. Each year gets better with the updates and improvements that are made around the school. The enthusiastic staff at SFA works together to provide an awesome education for our students.

Educator Name: Mr. Michael Herries
Grade: Computers/Middle School Science/STREAM
Contact e-mail: mike.herries@sfaschoolstl.org

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi School! I am very excited to be teaching your children in the coming year. To tell you a little bit about myself, I have a BS in both Geological Engineering and Geology & Geophysics. I am a Registered Geologist in Missouri. I spent 25 years as a Consulting Engineer in the Gulf South. This will be my fourth year at St. Francis of Assisi School.

I am married and have 2 children. We are SFA parishioners and both of my children are alumni of SFA School. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities including backpacking and fly fishing.

I am really looking forward to implementing new technology in the school as well as teaching Computer classes and  Science in the Middle School. This year I am also coordinating STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) programs at SFA and  I am helping K-5 with Project Lead The Way (PLTW).

Educator Name: Mrs. Allison Czmarko-Kutzler
Grade: Spanish, Pre-k – 8th
Contact e-mail: alison.kutzler@sfaschoolstl.org

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi School! I am very excited to be teaching your children in the coming year. To tell you a little bit about myself, I graduated from the University of Illinois (Go Illini!). I taught public high school before moving to a Catholic elementary school in Champaign, IL. This will be my third year at St. Francis of Assisi School. I also studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain and in San Jose, Costa Rica.

I am married and have a 5 year old son. In my spare time, I love to read, swim, and be outdoors.

I am looking forward to continuing to teach Spanish to Pre-K through 8th grade students through words, prayer and songs.

Educator Name: Ms. Rebecca Siefert
Music Class
Contact e-mail: rebecca.siefert@sfaschoolstl.org

I am Miss Rebecca Siefert. After obtaining my BA in Music Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, I have been a substitute teacher and an aftercare/summer care teacher for the Lindbergh School District.

During my time at UMSL, I had the opportunity to perform in many choir concerts including Carmina Burana (2013) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center and the Christmas Candlelight Concert (2013) at Powell Symphony Hall. I also made my operatic debut as the title character in UMSL’s Opera production of The Mikado. Since 2013, I have been singing for a local church choir as well as the American Chamber Chorale.

I always stive to be a superior teacher and have attended many conferences for the Missouri Music Educators Association and the Missouri Choral Director’s Association. Through my experience, I have come to believe that, above all, people of every age should be able to use music as a spiritual tool to heal themselves, others, and the world around them.

Mrs. Jane Vonder Haar

Art Teacher

jane.vonderhaar@sfaschoolstl.org

 

 

After volunteering with art projects for a number of years at St. Francis of Assisi, I am thrilled to be the Art teacher and teaching all of your children, pre-K through 8th grade. I am very excited about the new Maker Space and opportunities students have for creativity in the new Learning Commons.

I graduated from University of Central Missouri with a degree in Graphic Arts Technology and worked in the commercial printing industry in Southern California.

I am married to my wonderful husband (of almost 30 years), Roland. We have two children who are both alumni of St. Francis. In my spare time, I like to kayak, practice calligraphy, and enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends.

I would encourage all of you to take your children to the St Louis Art Museum. They offer free admission daily, free admission to special exhibits on Fridays and free family fun activities most Sundays from 1 to 4. It is a great way to see the original work of artists I will be introducing to your children this year.

Educator Name: Mrs. Karen Weber
Coordinator of Religious Education
Contact e-mail: kweber@sfastl.org

I am happy to be the new Coordinator of Religious Education, or CRE, at St. Francis. I will now be coordinating/ overseeing the religious education of the children in both the Parish School of Religion, and the day school, sacramental preparation for 1st Reconciliation, 1st Communion, and Confirmation, VBS, Liturgy of the Word for Children,and various other tasks as they come to my attention as needed.

This is my second time to work at St. Francis as the CRE; I was here from 1995-1997 and worked with Sr. Mary Helen Kane.

My husband, Ed, and I have been married 32 year and have been blessed with four children; our son Ryan was ordained to the priesthood with Fr. Conor Sullivan. If I can be of any assistance, please let me know!