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 life long learners in our students, we strive to inspire and challenge our teachers to be wholehearted and passionate about learning.  It will be my goal as principal to support both students and teachers on this journey this year.   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, and instructional specialist.  I have taught grades K through fourth grade and now have seventeen years of experience as an educator "under my belt".  I hold a Masters in Reading Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.

 My husband, Clayton, and I are also parents of three Soulard School students.  Our son, Colin, is a second grade Mosaic student.  Audrey, our oldest daughter will be a Mum in the kindergarten classroom.  And, finally,  our youngest daughter, Emma, will join us at “the big school” in the Quietude pre-k classroom this year.   We look forward to continuing to be part of this welcoming community of families and educators.


Eleanor White

Business & Communications Manager

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 elementary school I attended and loved as a kid. I am beginning my seventh year with the Soulard School – I’ve had several positions at the school, teaching the kindergarteners and toddlers and working in the office. This year I am officially Operations and Communications Manager. Meanwhile, my son Emmett is in Kindergarten this year (!) and Theo is at the Nursery. 

 

Haley Biehl

Assistant Principal 

Contact: haley.biehl@soulardschool.org

 

 

 

 

I am thrilled to join The Soulard School full-time as the Assistant Principal of Student Affairs, and expand my role to support  this community in new ways.  I started my journey in education as a teachers’ aide with the Illinois Center for Autism, and quickly realized that nurturing the growth and development of my students was more rewarding than working as a freelance journalist.  I returned to school and received a Masters in the Art of Teaching in Special Education from McKendree University.  I was then hired at the Illinois Center for Autism as a teacher in the transitional program.  Following that I taught for two years as the Primary Behavior Support Teacher in Belleville, IL before marrying my wonderful husband, Jason, and making St. Louis my home.  I am so fortunate to grow and learn with The Soulard School, and am looking forward to building on the experiences from last year.  Outside of school, I love to travel with my husband, spoil my boxer, Louie, and get into misadventures with my sisters.

 

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!