Our People

The Soulard School Administration

Sarah Christman

Executive Director

Contact: sarah.christman@soulardschool.org

 

 

 

 

 

When I began my career in education I started with the youngest age, preschool. I knew then, and now, how vital and meaningful this foundation was and felt it would be a place to make a positive impact. Little did I know when I found my way to this community almost 15 years ago what an opportunity for impact I was walking into.  As a Co-Founder of The Soulard School, I am delighted everyday to see all that we have become, together. It has been an educator's dream to be a part of building a school that has layers of community, unique curriculum and innovative approaches. I value the relationships built in our close community of students, staff and parents and know what we are doing is making an impact.

I have two very wordy degrees, a Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Children in Group Settings from the University of Missouri, Columbia. I continued on at Webster University and completed a Masters in the Arts of Teaching with an emphasis on Children's Creative Expression (phew!). During my Masters work I was able to explore my love of art and found ways to pass on my learning to students in the classroom. This experience gave me the foundation to help develop The Soulard School's creative side and embrace arts integration. Outside of school I enjoy going to art openings and exhibits, bragging about my husband Paul’s amazing photography and walking the cutest pug in the world, Stella.

 

 


Kerri Fair

Principal

Contact: kerri.fair@soulardschool.org 

 

 

 

 

Just as we hope to create lifelong learners in our students, we strive to inspire and challenge our teachers to be wholehearted and passionate about learning.  It is my goal as principal to support both students and teachers on this journey. Before coming to The Soulard School, I was a reading specialist in the Hazelwood School District for three years, a classroom teacher for seven years in North Kansas City, and a kindergarten specials teacher in Odessa, MO my first year as an educator. While teaching at The Soulard School, I have been a classroom teacher, literacy coach, instructional specialist, and now principal. I have taught grades K through fourth grade and am now in my twenty-second year as an educator, and eleventh with The Soulard School. I hold a Master’s degree in Reading Education, a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, and am working on my Ed. Specialists Degree in Educational Leadership through Webster University.

My husband, Clayton, and I are also parents of three children; two continue to be Soulard School students, and one is now an alumni.  Audrey, our oldest daughter is in fourth grade, while our youngest daughter, Emma, is in second grade. We look forward to continuing to be part of this welcoming community of families and educators.


 


Eleanor White

Assistant Executive Director

Contact: eleanor.white@soulardschool.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a St. Louis native, growing up just around the corner from the school, in Lafayette Square. I attended Bard College, then received a Master’s in Education Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin. Returning to St. Louis, I continued my education, receiving my certification in Elementary Education from Fontbonne. After a few years of teaching at a charter school, I discovered the Soulard School, a place that looks just like the progressive elementary school I attended and loved as a kid. I can’t believe this is my eleventh year with the Soulard School! Over the years I’ve taught kindergarteners and toddlers as well as worked in the office. Meanwhile, my son Emmett is in 4th grade this year and Theo is in 1st. I live in Shaw with my husband Brad, the kids, a big brown dog named Rufus and our hedgehog, Rose. 

 

Haley Biehl

Assistant Principal 

Contact: haley.biehl@soulardschool.org

 

 

 

 

Every child learns differently, and what is fair is not always equal. It is our charge as educators to show regard for and reflect on how students express themselves academically, socially, and emotionally. In turn, we adjust our approach and interactions to ensure the child is feeling supported and respected. Now entering into my sixth year here, and my first as a TSS parent, I am thrilled to continually support and grow with this delightful community

 

I started my journey in education at the  Illinois Center for Autism, and quickly learned that nurturing the development of my students was far more rewarding than working as a freelance journalist. I returned to school and received my Master’s in the Art of Teaching in Special Education, and continued as a teacher at ICA before joining the Behavior Support team in Belleville, IL, where I taught 1st through 3rd grade. I found my way to The Soulard School when I married my wonderful husband, Jason, and made St. Louis my home. We became parents to our daughter, Autumn, this summer, who will be joining the infant class at the Nursery this fall. Outside of school, I enjoy teaching fitness classes at CityFit Studio, spoiling our boxer dog, Louie, and getting into misadventures with my friends and family.


 

Molly Walsh

Development Director

Contact: molly.walsh@soulardschool.org


I’m so thrilled to join The Soulard School’s amazing team! I started working in my college Development office as a freshmen and my passion for helping others and for growing education flourished. I have a Bachelor's Degree from Westminster College in Non-Profit Management and Law.  I worked at Westminster for several years balancing responsibilities between Annual Fund and Phone-a-thon giving. After completing an independent study course with the Dean of Institutional Advancement, I knew Development in education was the right career path for me. I worked at an all-boys Catholic school before making the move to The Soulard School. I have worked with several non-profits in the St. Louis area including Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis and Annie’s Hope- the Bereavement Center for Kids. I currently live in the St. Louis Hills.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family especially my nieces and nephew. I love all things Irish; from Irish dance to Irish music. My favorite holiday is St. Patrick’s Day and I am so excited for my first Soulard School Clovers and Stars event.


Kimberly Shead

Development Manager

Contact: kimberly.shead@soulardschool.org

I have had the wonderful pleasure of residing in Nashville and Los Angeles where I gained valuable experience in television, marketing and working with nonprofits. However, they did not compare to good ol’ St. Louis of which I am a native. My midwestern sensibilities and love for family compelled my move back to the Gateway City. I was blessed to be raised in a very loving and supportive home by my aunts who instilled a strong work ethic and spirit of volunteerism in me. I saw how they worked tirelessly in the field of education to better the lives of children and youth, as well as gave any extra time to volunteering and serving our community. I believe these values are what influenced my decision to seek out an organization such as The Soulard School. It fills my heart with joy to know that I am doing work that will truly make a difference in the lives of children and our community. Not many can say that they have found their dream job, alas....I can!