MAT – Head of School
Lou graduated from Webster University with an undergraduate degree in English and then earned a master’s degree in Education. The most rewarding moments of his career involved seeing others succeed whether on the soccer field or in scholastic endeavors. Entering education, he served as a Spanish teacher for 4 years. He then became Associate Head of School at an alternative middle and high school for five years before joining EYC ACADEMY as Head of School.
DR. JACQUELINE WARD
EdD – Superintendent of schools
Jacqueline Ward, EdD serves as the Superintendent of EYC ACADEMY. A graduate of Webster University, she earned her undergraduate degree in Education which supported her initial certifications in K-12 SpEd and Elementary Education in 1994. After several years working in rural and urban public and private agencies, she went on to earn her Master’s degree in School Leadership and Administration (2006) leading the way to her certificates as a Special Education Administrator and Principal (K-12). After serving some years as a district-level Special Education Director, she resumed her studies, completing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership & School Improvement in 2011.
ROBIN LE VAN
DIRECTOR Of Marketing and Public Relations
Robin comes to EYC ACADEMY with over 20 years’ experience in the educational field. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York. As a teacher, she has taught at the pre-K and collegiate levels. As a leader, she has directed statewide, regional and national educational programs for children and adult life-long learners. She has served in leadership roles with the Museum of Fine Arts, the Missouri Humanities Council and Vatterott Educational Centers.
Kathy is a recent retiree after 31 years of teaching in the Rockwood School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a master’s degree in Education from Maryville University. She also earned another master’s certification in composition from UMSL and is Nationally Board Certified. Her favorite subjects to teach are American Literature/composition and American History. She describes her position at EYC Academy as her “dream job” because it allows her to see students achieve success on an individualized basis.
Sean comes to EYC Academy with a lifelong passion for teaching math. He holds a BS in Math Education from Maryville University and is a gifted tutor. While Sean has many talents, he finds the greatest joy in teaching math in a one-to-one setting. Sean is an avid hiker and travels frequently to experience the glory of the national parks. He plays soccer and loves sports, music and film. Sean is pursuing Missouri Teacher Certification in 2019.
Katie is a certified art teacher who enjoys working with at-risk teens to assist them in gaining confidence and fostering their creativity through a personalized art experience. Katie knows firsthand that the art room can be a safe-haven for students who struggle in other areas of school. She is inspired by the uniqueness of each student’s abilities and interests and encourages their creativity with hand tailored lessons that engage and inspire even the most reluctant student. Katie has over 10 years of classroom experience, having taught at-risk teens for 7 of these years at a local alternative middle and high school. She graduated from the University of Central Missouri and holds a bachelor’s degree in the area of Art Education, grades K-12. She enjoys creating artwork for her home and with her children, working in the garden, and making soap Katie enjoys her role at EYC Academy because it allows her to implement a choice-based curriculum which she knows helps students connect to art.
Joan is a recent retiree, having served as an administrator and admissions director at a local private alternative school for 28 years. Prior to that she served as a guidance counselor and mental health teacher where she supervised the adult and adolescent education program, leading social skills groups for children and adolescents, and provided direct instruction.
Joan earned a bachelor’s of science in Education and a master’s degree in counseling and personnel services from the University of Missouri -Columbia.
Joan is excited to be part of the EYC Academy team because she firmly believes in the power of teaching students in a personalized environment because it allows them to feel safe and successful. She also likes that the school offers all of the needed resources for families under one roof—school, tutoring, counseling, therapy, school advocacy, cognitive and academic assessments, test preparation and more.
Empowering Youth and Communities Academy (EYC) opened its doors in 2018 by a team of seasoned educators in St. Louis, Missouri to bring outstanding one-to-one private education to 6th through 12th grade students. We provide a unique one-teacher, one-student approach for those seeking a more attentive, therapeutic, innovative educational environment.
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