Meet our preschool faculty…
Director & Assistant Principal
Lambs Class (2-day threes)
Mrs. Kathleen McNutt
Mrs. Astrid Haugh
Mrs. McNutt is delighted to be in the classroom, in addition to her Assistant Principal duties! She has maintained her teaching certification with the state of Virginia for over 20 years, teaching in the public and private elementary schools and in a private preschool in the area. She is a graduate of James Madison University where she specialized in Early Childhood Education with a focus in Developmental Reading, and she is currently completing a Masters Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Marymount University. She enjoyed spending three years working for the New Teacher Project, screening applicants for inner city teacher grant programs, but was happy to return to the classroom to work directly with children. She is excited to take charge of the little lambs and to be collaborating with the staff on the preschool program. She is a proud alum of St. Louis School (which she attended from 3rd through 8th grades) and is the mother of 5 former and current St. Louis students, who you will probably see popping into the preschool classrooms every now and then!
Mrs. Haugh assists Mrs. McNutt in the Lambs class - - she is a nurturing instructor and great organizer of classroom activities! As a former Spanish interpreter for Fairfax County Public Schools parents and children, she is now a gift to us in the preschool. Her Spanish skills are well utilized in all of the classes! Mrs. Haugh is not only a teacher, but she has been a St. Louis parent from many years. Her younger son graduates from St. Louis 8th grade at the end of this school year, and her older son attends Bishop Ireton High School. Mrs. Haugh’s enthusiasm and warmth is a joy for all our little ones, and she looks forward to another year with the three year old classes.
Monkeys Class (3-day threes)
Mrs. Dare Hurley
Mrs. Astrid Haugh
Mrs. Hurley is excited to be leading the Monkey Class again! She shares many years of expertise working with little ones in the dance studio and now in the preschool classroom. Mrs. Hurley completed her VCEA (Virginia Catholic Education Association) license for Early Childhood Instruction, and her degree in journalism is a compliment to our pre-writing and work with early writers. She has been an active volunteer with the St. Louis School Parent Teacher Organization for many years, and she is delighted to be teaching in the school where all four of her children attend.
Along with teaching in the 2-day threes Lambs Class, Mrs. Haugh will also be assisting Mrs. Hurley in the Monkeys class, bringing daily continuity to the three-year-old program. She brings her Spanish skills into this classroom as well, and will share her joyous spirit with our Monkey class.
Zebras Class (Pre-K 5-day morning fours)
Mrs. Mindy Fortier
Mrs. Karen Fisher
Mrs. Fortier provides us with several years of Pre-K teaching experience and a degree in Early Childhood Education from Trinity University. It is a blessing to have her on our staff, as it brings her back to St. Louis School, where she was a parent and volunteer for many years. Her son heads off to West Point this year, and her daughter is a senior at Bishop Ireton High School. Mrs. Fortier’s work in the classroom and her great experience in working and communicating with parents enrich our entire preschool program.
Mrs. Fisher assists Mrs. Fortier in the Zebra classroom, where they collaborate daily on instruction and developmental work with each child. Mrs. Fisher is a familiar face in the halls of St. Louis, where she has been a regular lead volunteer for the school’s Reading Resource Enrichment Program, a long term substitute first grade teaching assistant, and a room parent for various grades. She is very excited to be with the Zebras again this year, and her gentle patience and ability to work with children will continue to be a gift to our program.
Pandas Class (4-day Afternoon fours)
Mrs. Kim Doering
Ms. Hayleigh Beckwith
Mrs. Doering has spent the last 9 years teaching Pre-K students, and she returns to us this year as the Panda Class teacher! Her experience and training with the Handwriting Without Tears program is a valuable asset to our school, and her parent communication work (not to mention her beautiful photography) is an added blessing. Mrs. Doering has spent many years on the Parent Teacher Organization executive board, and has a lot of experience volunteering at St. Louis! She sends her daughter off to Bishop Ireton High School this year while her son is here at St. Louis in the 7th grade. Mrs. Doering is excited to meet her new class of little ones.
Ms. Beckwith is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University where she received her degree in English and Theology, and she is currently completing the coursework for her VCEA certification in Elementary Education. Her work as a youth group leader and her studies abroad to a Peruvian orphanage for disabled children led her into the education field, and her joy for working with the Panda class last year has brought her back to the classroom this year! Her excitement for working with children is contagious and her organizational skills are a blessing to the preschool staff.
Lunch Bunch Teacher
Mrs. Melissa Bartol
We are fortunate to have Mrs. Bartol return as our lead Lunch Bunch teacher and main substitute teacher for the Preschool program. Mrs. Bartol has worked as a substitute teacher at both St. Louis School and a local preschool, and she brings her knowledge base from a degree in social work and psychology to our program. Her loving spirit will be a gift to each child in the preschool. She loves her time with each of our lunch bunchers!