2018 - 2019 HopeMark Preschool Staff
is Donna’s 28th year at HopeMark! Mrs. Fernandez holds a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Special Education from Fontbonne University, and holds a
lifetime certificate in elementary education. She also is a
private tutor for preschool through high school age children.
Mrs. Leslie Higgs
This is Leslie's 10th year at HopeMark. Mrs. Higgs
holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a
Masters degree in Instructional Technology, both from Southern Illinois
University. She has over twelve years of classroom teaching
Mrs. Adrienne Beye
is Adrienne's 6th year at HopeMark. Mrs. Beye holds a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Psychology as well as several hours toward her Early
Childhood Education degree from University of Missouri, St. Louis.
Mrs. Jen Barber
is Jen's first year at HopeMark! Jen holds a business degree from
Meramec Community College, and worked as an Operational and
Departmental Supervisor at JC Penney's, Hampton Village for 23 years
until the store closed in December 2017. Mrs. Barber, then a
HopeMark mom, offered to help in the classroom while searching for a
new job. It quickly became clear that teaching is in Jen's blood!
Her enthusiasm and drive were so impressive, she was the obvious choice
when a position opened up! Jen is actively pursuing her teaching
certification in Early Childhood Education at Meramec Community
Lunch Bunch Provider
Mrs. Nichole Ruggeri
is Nichole's 2nd year managing our lunch bunch program, after a several
year hiatus. "Miss Nichole" was our first lunch bunch caregiver
when we began the program in 2009. Nichole was instrumental in
shaping lunch bunch into the great program it is today, so we are very
excited tohave her back!
Mr. Jacob AlspachThis
is Jacob's 9th year at HopeMark. "Mr. Jacob" is an animated,
energetic musician with lots of experience teaching young
children. In addition to his HopeMark position, he teaches music
at a county preschool, leads
children's music classes at the Folk School in Maplewood, and performs
music for children at the St. Louis Zoo. You can also find him in
the local jazz band, "The Gaslight Squares!" He is dad to Liesl,
in the Jr. Pre-K program!
is Jeanne’s 14th year at HopeMark. Mrs. Ryan holds a
Bachelor of Arts degree in English from University of Missouri,
Columbia, and has completed her certification in Early Childhood Education
Forest Park Community College. In
addition to the directorship, she will teach Pre-K two afternoons
of our staff attend a minimum of 12 hours
of classes and workshops throughout the school year to remain current
developments in early childhood education.