Faculty

  • Mark Smith, Department Chair
    314-993-4045 ext. 383
    msmith@jburroughs.org

    Mark Smith joined the Burroughs faculty in 1998. He is chair of the History Department and teaches American government, U.S. History and Bioethics. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy/history from the College of William and Mary, and a master's and doctorate in history from the University of Virginia. Prior to coming to Burroughs, Smith was a graduate assistant and visiting instructor at the University of Virginia.

  • Jon Bang
    314-993-4045 ext. 350
    jbang@jburroughs.org

    Jon Bang joined the Burroughs faculty in 2002. He teaches American government, World Civ II and U.S. history, and is a faculty co-sponsor of SLAMUN (St. Louis Area Model UN). Bang holds a bachelor's degree in history and German from St. Olaf College. He spent a year in Austria studying modern European history at the University of Vienna on a Fulbright Fellowship. Prior to coming to Burroughs, Bang taught history and German at Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minnesota.

  • Carrie Dodson-Ching
    314-993-4045 ext. 310
    cdodsonching@jburroughs.org

    Carrie Dodson-Ching joined the History Department on a part-time basis in 2015. She teaches 7th grade social studies and World Civilizations II, and is the faculty sponsor for the World Religions Club. Dodson-Ching holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University and a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School. She previously taught at the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (Saint Louis Public Schools) and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Massachusetts.

  • Aaron Dowdall
    314-993-4045 ext. 712
    adowdall@jburroughs.org

    Aaron Dowdall joined the JBS faculty in fall 2017. As a member of the History Department, he currently teaches World Civilizations I and US History. He also helps with JV baseball. Dowdall was a lecturer and teaching assistant in US History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining the JBS community. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Martha Fischer
    314-993-4045 ext. 208
    mfischer@jburroughs.org

    Martha Fischer '91 teaches U.S. history and the 8th grade seminar. She also serves as faculty coordinator for the student diversity umbrella organization (Diversity ETC), is a member of the faculty/staff diversity steering committee, and is the immediate past chair of the Faculty Executive Committee. Fischer has been a member of the Burroughs faculty for 17 years (1995-2005, 2010 - ). Between 2005 and 2010, she worked in New York City as an independent online media professional. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Vassar College.

  • Chris Front
    314-993-4045 ext. 349
    cfront@jburroughs.org

    Chris Front joined the Burroughs faculty in 2002. He is director of academics, is a college counselor and teaches U.S. History Since 1945. Front holds a bachelor's degree in history and a master's in U.S. history from Columbia University and an "All But Dissertation" degree in U.S. history from Northwestern University. Prior to coming to Burroughs, Front was a graduate assistant and visiting instructor at Northwestern University and worked at Ligature, Inc. (an educational publishing company) and at the Chicago Historical Society.

  • Sara Jay
    314-993-4045 ext. 719
    sjay@jburroughs.org

    Sara Jay joined the JBS faculty in summer 2017. As a member of the History Department, she teaches eighth grade government, World Civilizations I and the spring semester of the elective, Literature and History. She also helps with cheerleading. Jay was a lecturer in the Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department at Washington University in St. Louis and was a visiting assistant professor of history at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and French from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Wash U.

  • Holly Lorencz
    314-993-4045 ext. 341
    hlorencz@jburroughs.org

    Holly Lorencz joined the Burroughs faculty in 2001. She teaches World Civ I and World Civ II, and is a faculty co-sponsor of the 10th grade class. Lorencz holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Regina-Canada, a bachelor's in classics from the University of Calgary and a master's in classics from Queen's University.

  • John Merritt
    314-993-4045 ext. 273
    jmerritt@jburroughs.org

    John Merritt joined the History Department in fall 2011. He currently teaches seventh-grade social studies and a senior seminar in African American Studies. In 2012 he became the head coach of the girls basketball program, in 2013 he added head football coach to his coaching duties. He is also a member of the ISACS Board of Trustees. Merritt holds a bachelor's degree in history and education from Washington University. Prior to Burroughs, he held several teaching and administrative positions in the Kirkwood and Belleville school districts and at Crossroads College Prep. In 2015 Merritt was named Football Coach of the Year by the St. Louis Football Coaches Association, the Missouri Football Coaches Association and the Missouri Statewide Media.

  • Mark Nicholas
    314-993-4045 ext. 231
    mnichol@jburroughs.org

    Mark Nicholas joined the Burroughs faculty in 1982. He teaches American government, World Civilizations, U.S. History and a senior elective, Literature and History. He holds a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and taught at several high schools in Michigan prior to coming to Burroughs.

  • Jamie Wagner
    314-993-4045 ext. 353
    jwagner@jburroughs.org

    Jamie Wagner joined the Burroughs faculty in 1988. He teaches 7th grade social studies, World Civ I and a senior elective, Urban Issues and Design. He is the faculty sponsor of the Film Club. Wagner holds a bachelor's degree in history and government from Lawrence University and a master's in urban planning and real estate development from St. Louis University.