Advancing Knowledge. Transforming Lives.

We are thrilled to announce that several new faculty positions have been added as we grow our student body.We welcome the following new faculty and staff members to the City Academy family.


Jane Campbell
Development Assistant

Experience– Volunteer and Donor at City Academy; Volunteer at the United Way of Greater St. Louis; Co-Founder of The Policy Circle, St. Louis branch; Parent Volunteer and Community Leader at MICDS
Education– B.A. Political Science and Communication, The State University of New York at Buffalo

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Jennifer Glassmeyer
Alumni Support & Community Relations Coordinator

Experience– Licensed Professional Counselor; Crisis Counselor in Madison County, Illinois; School Counselor, St. Louis Public Schools; Child and Adolescent Counselor, Madison County Public Schools in Illinois
Education– M.A. in Education, University of St. Louis-Missouri (UMSL); B.A. Psychology, UMSL

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to work in an educational environment that is unlike any other in St. Louis. It is like coming home, as I have spent so much time at City Academy over the years.”

Keith Griffin
Math Teacher, 1st & 2nd Grades

Previous Schools & Roles – Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District (Teacher for Grades 1-3);
US Peace Corps, Thailand (Teacher Collaborator); Center for Inquiry in Science Teaching & Learning (Investigator/Editor)
Education – M.A. in Education, Washington University in St. Louis; B.A. in Art History, Oglethorpe University

“By enabling my students to have an active imagination, I encourage them to dream of a world where not only tolerance is promoted, but one where alternative visions are embraced. As a person, I value difference; as an educator, I utilize difference to make learning accessible for all students.”

Jeff Horwitz
Early Childhood Director

Previous Schools & Roles – Chesterfield Day School (Associate Head of School, Director of Academics & Student Services); MICDS (2nd Grade Teacher); Brown Elementary School (Kindergarten Teacher); Willow Brook Elementary School (K-3 Teacher)
Education – M.A., Webster University; B.A. in Elementary Education, St. Louis University

“I value education of the whole child, including but not limited to physical, musical, artistic and logical intelligences in order to create highly effective, well-rounded problem solvers who are successful, lifelong learners that work to make the world a better place.”

Watch Jeff’s video introduction!

Erika Johnson
Early Childhood Music & Movement Teacher

Previous Schools & Roles – Fanning Middle School (Music/Science Teacher); Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Upward Bound (Counselor/Education Specialist); Art Dimensions (Education Director)
Education –  M.S. in Education, SIUE; B.S. in Business Administration, Harris Stowe University

“City Academy is a very special place filled with people who care, nurture, and support every student who enters their doors. The emphasis in the arts here only strengthens my belief that we are cultivated future leaders. In the words of Arthur O’Shannesy, and the voice of Willie Wonka, ‘We are the music makers and the dreamers of dreams.'”

Melissa Jonff
5th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Previous Schools & Roles – Jackson Charter School (Teacher for Grades 2 & 5); Aux Sable Elementary School (Teacher for Grades 2 & 4); Premier Charter School (Teacher for Grades 2 through 4)
Education – B.S. in Education, Eastern Illinois University

“An effective educator makes connections for students to understand the reasons behind their learning. I want to create a classroom that has a safe environment for students and parents to learn. I want my classroom to be filled with cooperative, social, and emotional learning. I want my students to be assertive and responsible for themselves and others. I would like students to be empathetic towards one another so they are supported by all.”

Elizabeth Rivera
Spanish Teacher, 3rd-6th Grades

Previous Schools & Roles – Assumption School (Spanish Teacher for Grades K-6); Fundacion Colegio Bennett (Math Teacher); Colegio la Milagrosa (Elementary Teacher)
Education – M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of Missouri-St. Louis (ongoing); B.A. in Elementary Education & Mathematics, Universidad Del Valle

I believe every student is a unique being with qualities and attitudes that makes them special and important. As a teacher, I believe it is my duty to offer my students a safe and trustworthy space where each of them can feel free to express themselves, but most importantly, feel loved and respected.”

Liesl Schnuck
Math Teacher, 3rd & 4th Grades

Previous Schools & Roles – Carver Elementary School (3rd Grade Teacher); Whitman Elementary School (Teach For America – 3rd Grade & Soccer Coach); Villa Duchesne & Oak Hill (5th/6th Grade Science Teacher); City Academy (Summer School Teacher)
Education – M.S. in Education, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in Sociology/Elementary Education, University of Richmond

“It is my goal to work on a team that sets exceptionally high expectations for students, values the family-school partnership, and creates a nurturing environment where all students will flourish. I believe City Academy provides just that and more.”

Tayler Stagge
Early Childhood Assistant

Previous School & Roles – City Academy (Extended Day Assistant, Summer School Teacher)
Education – B.S. in Education, Early Childhood, University of Missouri-St. Louis

“I love coming to work every day and being alongside a great group of children and adults. I also love how the students are always so eager to learn…I believe that education is the foundation of life and with the help of City Academy, our students will be prepared for anything.” 

Learn more about all faculty and staff at City Academy

Our student body is growing because of the generosity of friends like you. Learn more about The Campaign for City Academy.

Updated September 7, 2018


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    Camille Brooks on October 28, 2019

    Hello, I would like to schedule a tour of the new Early Childhood Center. My daughter will be two in May and we want to ensure that we can a spot in the program early.

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