Nate Andrews joins the Plant Operations Department as the grounds supervisor. He comes most recently from Westwood Country Club, where he was the first assistant superintendent. Mr. Andrews holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He and his wife, Chrissy, have three children — Luca (age 10), Sylvia (age 7) and Lydia (age 3).
Katharine Bava joins the Burroughs faculty as a reference and collection librarian in the Howard A. Stamper Library. Ms. Bava comes from Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis, where she was the sole librarian for approximately 330 students and faculty. She is also a part-time reference librarian at Fontbonne University. Ms. Bava holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Lindenwood University and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Emma Birge-Osborne ’04 returns to Burroughs to work with other young alumni, assist with campus photography and video production and manage the alumni social media for the Alumni Office. Ms. Birge-Osborne has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and art history from Wheaton College in Norton, Masssachusetts, and a master’s degree in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked as a photographer for ALIVE Magazine and as a marketing and social media manager for Kristin Ashley Events. She also serves on the Young Professionals Board of the Little Bit Foundation.
Tracy Conklin joins the Science Department, teaching one section of AP environmental science, two sections of Biology (grade 9) and one section of Science 8: Principles of Chemistry and Physics. (She is also the owner and caretaker of the hissing cockroaches in the science building.) Dr. Conklin holds a bachelor’s degree in entomology with minors in English and Spanish from University of Florida, a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Florida and a doctorate in entomology from Penn State University. She comes most recently from Evansville (Indiana) Day School where she was an upper school biology teacher for three years.
Carrie Dodson-Ching joins the History Department on a part-time basis, teaching one section each of 7th grade Geography and Global Issues and World Civilizations II. Ms. 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 comes most recently from Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (St. Louis Public Schools), where she taught ninth and tenth grade social studies classes. Ms. Dodson-Ching and her husband, ShiNung Ching, have a daughter, Eleanor (age 2).
David Ek joins the PE/Athletics Department, coaching varsity golf and teaching grades 7 and 8 physical education. He has taught/coached for 32 years, 12 of them at Western High School and Magnolia High School in the Anaheim (California) Union High School District. He was an assistant coach with the Burroughs varsity golf program last spring. Mr. Ek holds a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University at Long Beach, teaching credentials from Chapman University in Orange, California, and a master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He and his wife, Mary, have three grown daughters — Allison, Maddison and Amelia.
Catie Haveman joins the Science Department on a part-time basis, teaching two sections of AP Physics. Ms. Haveman comes most recently from San Antonio, Texas, where she taught physics, math and dance at The Episcopal School of Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and a master’s degree in medical physics from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ms. Haveman and her husband, Michael, have a son, Luke (born in December 2014).
Michael Haveman joins the Math Department, teaching two sections of Geometry 9, two sections of Math 7 Accelerated and one section of Algegra I-9. He comes most recently from The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio, where he taught math for four years (grades 8-11). Mr. Haveman holds bachelor’s degrees in math and economics from Texas Christian University. He and his wife, Catie, have one son, Luke (born in December 2014).
Ben Hjelle joins the Physical Education/Athletics Department as a physical education teacher for grades 7 and 8 and coach of varsity boys lacrosse, C boys basketball and C boys soccer. He also serves as a sponsor of the THIMUN program. Mr. Hjelle holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in international policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Martha Keeley joins the Science Department, teaching three sections of Physics (grade 11) and one section of Chemistry (grade 10). After seven years working as a chemical engineer for Monsanto Company, Ms. Keeley taught science at Crossroads College Preparatory School, where she also served as dean of students for the upper school. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and holds a professional chemical engineering license. Ms. Keeley and her husband, Michael, have a son, Alex ’19 and a daughter, Lauren ’21.
Sally Kilbride joins the Counseling and Wellness Department as a counselor. She is working primarily with students in grades 8, 10 and 12 this year. Ms. Kilbride earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College and a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. She has been a social worker for Special School District of St. Louis County for the last 13 years, working in the Riverview Gardens, Webster Groves and Maplewood Richmond Heights school districts. Ms. Kilbride is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Missouri. She and her husband, Chris, have a son, Declan (age 8), and a daughter, Sadie (age 4).
Paul Knight is the chair of the Academic Support Department. He comes most recently from the Special School District (St. Louis), where he was a school psychologist. Mr. Knight holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s degree in agency counseling from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an educational specialist degree in educational psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He also has completed 96 non-degree hours (all but dissertation) in educational psychology. Mr. Knight and his wife, Michelle, have two adult sons, Brett and Ross.
Fushun Le joined the Modern Languages Department and teaches one section of Chinese. She was born and raised in China and has taught Chinese at K-16 levels in the United States. She taught courses on the Chinese language and culture at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for seven years. She has a master’s degree in applied linguistics from Iowa State University.
Pete McKeown tutors students in the Academic Support Department; coaches junior varsity soccer, ice hockey and junior varsity baseball team; teaches 7th and 8th grade physical education; and interviews prospective students/parents for the Admissions Office. Mr. McKeown earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Tufts University and taught second and sixth grades at Community School.
Kerri Rowe joins the Science Department, teaching one semester of 7th grade life science followed by one semester of 7th grade earth science. She comes to Burroughs with seven years of teaching experience, most recently at Barat Academy. Ms. Rowe earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a teaching certificate from Lindenwood University. She has completed an additional 30 hours of course work in educational administration and biology from Lindenwood and Washington University in St. Louis, respectively. Ms. Rowe and her husband, Jack ’87, have a son, Parkes (age 15), and two daughters, Lucie (age 13) and Charlotte (age 10).
Cindy Schnabel joins the Development Office as a part-time administrative assistant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in radio/television/film from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an MBA from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Ms. Schnabel and her husband, Paul, are the parents of Julie and Sam ’12.
Marina Smallwood joins the Science Department to teach two sections of AP Chemistry, one section of Physics (grade 11) and one section of Science 8: Principles of Chemistry and Physics and to sponsor the Science Olympiad team. She has taught for seven years, most recently at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, where she taught chemistry and physics and coached the Science Olympiad team. Ms. Smallwood earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from California State Polytechnic University and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. She and her husband, Charles, have two children, Maya (age 12) and Charlie (age 3).
Mark Strege joins the Music Department as a part-time chorus teacher and accompanist. Mr. Strege comes to Burroughs with 31 years of teaching experience, most recently teaching vocal music and orchestra at Jefferson Intermediate School in St. Charles. He earned an undergraduate degree in music from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and a master’s degree in teaching music from Southeast Missouri State University. Mr. Strege and his wife, Diane, have three children — Seth, Ashley and Luke.
Annie Truetzel ’03 joins the Classics Department, teaching Beginning Greek and one section each of 8th, 9th and 11th grade Latin during Jim Lowe’s sabbatical. Ms. Truetzel returns to Burroughs after having taught in the Department of Classics at Princeton University, where she was completing her doctorate (all but dissertation). In 2010, she substitute taught for an extended period when Marni Dillard was on maternity leave. Ms. Truetzel holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and classical languages from Duke University and a master’s degree in classics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Kate Sauerhoff Ward ’02 returns to Burroughs to teach two sections of 9th grade Biology Achievement and two sections of Earth Science (grade 7). Since earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and neuroscience from Williams College, Ms. Ward has taught and coached volleyball first at The Barstow School in Kansas City, Missouri, where she was freshman dean and head of the Science Department, and then at St. Matthew’s Parish School in Pacific Palisades, California, where she was head of middle school science and lead advisor. Ms. Ward and her husband, Jason (who will coach the varsity volleyball Bombers), are the parents of one son, Coulter (born in April).