Jacci Ross, Studio Arts Teacher

I first learned about the philosophy and teaching methods at the school through a former Soulard School family. Heading into my second year at TSSI am very excited to continue to collaborate with the classroom and other extended-core teachers, as well as the creative minds within our student-body.  

Originally born in St Louis, I grew up in Columbia, Missouri and moved north to Kirksville to attend Truman State for my BFA in Visual Communications. I returned to St. Louis and felt unfulfilled in my career path so I decided to go back to my happy place and attend graduate school. After earning my Master’s in Ed and Art (K-12) certification through Fontbonne University, my husband and I picked up and headed to St. Petersburg, Florida where I taught Art for 5 years at a public elementary school. I returned to St Louis in 2013 (under protest!) and began exploring a non-traditional teaching path including working with Springboard St. Louis, teaching summer and afterschool programs at The College School in Webster Groves, teaching private art classes, and joining the staff of The St. Louis Art Fair. Two years ago, I also had an opportunity to pursue a certification in Kids Yoga and Mindfulness through Southtown Yoga studio, This course has fit well into my curriculum and the practices of The Soulard School as well as helped inspire my work with the intentional mindfulness program we are piloting this year.

Outside of my extreme passion for the arts, I love to travel, try new restaurants, see live music, and exercise. Other than that, I am usually chasing my rambunctious toddler around the house, trying to make my baby boy giggle, or collapsing in exhaustion with my husband.

Contact: jacci.ross@soulardschool.org