Stacey Anderson: Administrative Assistant
As a Minnesota native, Stacey is thrilled to be back to the Midwest after spending the past three years in Texas. She had been working in Campus Living & Learning at Baylor University and absolutely loved interacting with students and watching them grow in these crucial, pivotal years. Prior to that, Stacey served as an Administrative Assistant at the Evangelical Free Church of America, and is so excited to work as an Administrative Assistant again while continuing to work with both college students and now the vibrant, diverse kids at The Children’s School at Stephens College. You can usually find her with a cup of coffee with more creamer than may be decent. When not at work, she enjoys reading and writing, playing the occasional video game, or hanging out with my PhD-seeking husband and our Shiba Inu. Stacey is a firm believer in the power of stories to unite people, so she would love to hear your latest book recommendations!
Taylor Midgley: Preschool Teacher/College Student Supervisor
Taylor is beginning her sixth year teaching preschool at CSSC. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction both from Stephens College. She is originally from St. Louis, Mo, but has lived in Columbia the last 11 years. She has a passion for children’s literature and my favorite author is Mo Willems. She is eager to get the year started and cannot wait to see everyone!
Ariel Robinson: Preschool Teacher/College Instructor
Ariel is excited to be back with the Stephens community! Last year, she completed her doctorate at the University of Missouri in Reading and Literacy Education. Her teaching and research interests focus on literacy in the early years. She is a a preschool teacher at the Children’s School who works to nurture the development of young children, partner with families, and collaborate with colleagues toward exemplary teaching, mentoring, and research. She has been married to her husband, Christian, for 26 years and is the proud mother of two grown children, Hans and Rosie. She is also the happy owner of Jack, my Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix (so she was told by the Humane Society). She is eager to become involved in exciting happenings at Stephens. Dream up!
Rachel Johnson: Elementary Teacher/College Student Supervisor and Instructor
Rachel is proud to be a Stephens alum, receiving her B.S. in elementary ed in ’04 and M. Ed. in curriculum and instruction in ’10. A seventh year teacher, Rachel has also worked as Curriculum Coordinator and Director of Crossing Kids. Rachel is passionate about learning alongside her students (as well as her own three children who attend CSSC), teaching tolerance and social justice, and cultivating a love for reading. Originally from Colorado Springs, Rachel enjoys hiking, camping, and all things in nature – but savors a good book, a cozy chair, and a cup of coffee just as much.
Sarah Parks: Elementary Teachers/College Student Mentor
Sarah is starting her 10th year of teaching at CSSC. A Columbia native, She earned a B.A. in Sociology from Mizzou and a B.S. in Education from Stephens in 2010 and a M.Ed. in 2011. She previously taught in the CSSC from 2010-2012. For the last 5 years, she has taught elementary science at another private school in Columbia. She is so excited to be returning to the CSSC! She has a passion for incorporating science into her teaching as much as possible. When she’s not teaching, she loves to be in nature, whether hiking at Grindstone or relaxing at her family’s lake in Howard County. She also loves yoga and has a dog named Pax and a cat named Elwood at home.
Peter LaMear: Elementary Teacher/College Student Mentor
This will be Peter LaMear’s first teaching at the Children’s School, and his first teaching elementary. He loves pushing his students’ thinking, teaching writing, and finding new ways to approach math. Previously, he has taught middle and high school English and math in Fulton, Boston, Chicago, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and trained teachers with Harvard Teacher Fellows and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition to teaching, he has presented research on adult language education, constructivism, and connections between psychology and education. He loves hiking, playing drums in his band, and spending time with his wife, Gloria, his dog, Lola, and his cat, Dusty Justice.
Erin Bradley: Classroom Aide
Erin Bradley is joining us for her 2nd year at CSSC. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Illinois State University. She is originally from O’Fallon, Illinois and has lived in Columbia for 2 years. Her family includes her husband Dan, and daughters Keira and Aster. Erin enjoys traveling, sports, arts and playing with our giant dog Neve. Erin looks forward to meeting everyone and having a super fun year!
Jenna Arnold: Teacher Assistant
Jenna Arnold is excited to join the teaching team at Stephens College Children’s School! Arnold has spent the last 12 years in arts education, working with a diverse group of children and adults alike. Arnold owned and operated a performing arts studio in Madison, WI for 6 years, and has directed and choreographed over 16 full-scale productions. She believes all students can learn and grow through exposure to the arts – and is committed to helping students express and push themselves in a supportive and uplifting environment. When not in the classroom Arnold can be found teaching arts classes in the community, playing with her adorable rescue beagle Lily, or spending time with her husband in this new city they love exploring!
Beth Watson: CSSC Director/Instructor
Beth has a passion for education that has been shaped over the past 15 years as a classroom teacher in both the preschool and elementary classrooms and as an instructor in the college classroom. Through these teaching experiences, she has had the opportunity to work with individual students to create a safe school environment, which she wants to continue this school year. Her three children will attend the elementary classroom as a second grader, third grader, and a fourth grader and she is excited for them to have this opportunity. Please let her know of anything she can do for your family to support a successful year at CSSC.