Erica Lee, Performing Arts Teacher

"Everyone has inside of him(her) a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!" The Soulard School embodies the sentiments of this quote by Anne Frank as shown through the hearts of every person I’ve met in this community to first seek the greatness within each child (and person!) and work with them to nurture that greatness through education. I am so grateful to continue my journey with the amazing staff, children and community here for a second year!

I moved to St. Louis from Singapore in 2012 to attend Fontbonne University where I received my BA in psychology with a minor in performance studies. I fell in love with this city and stayed to study applied educational psychology at Webster University where I received my MA in 2016. I am currently working towards an MA in educational theatre at NYU over the summers, and am on track to become a registered drama therapist and clinical Thai bodywork practitioner. My deepest belief is in caring for and educating the whole person within a community, which includes learning to take care of our minds, physical bodies and advocate for our needs before challenges arise, so that when storms come, we may be more equipped to ride the waves with curiosity and self-compassion alongside each other. I have seen the power of performing arts to be one of the many ways children learn this compassion for self and others, and a growth mindset. While I am not at TSS, I spend time at St. Louis College Prep as the operations assistant, and teach dance, yoga and aerial arts to all ages at MJ Performing Arts Academy in Webster Groves. To relax, I hang upside down at aerial studios and spend time with my two cats, Sora and Sonya, my dog Diplo, and my partner Nathan.