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ACADEMY

INSTRUCTORS

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ACADEMY DIRECTOR

SHONDA GRAY
 

PRESCHOOL & ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTORS

Stephanie Graeler

Creative Arts Preschool

Chinica Young

Third and Fourth Grade | History

Angela Yonker

Kindergarten

My name is Angela Yonker and I am the Kindergarten teacher at DaySpring. I have a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and have been teaching off and on for nearly twenty years. I’ve taught levels from preschool through fifth grade in both Kansas City and St. Louis, taking time in between to have my family. My favorite part of teaching is leading children toward the discovery that they love to learn! Using the university model of education creates the best parent-teacher partnerships that I've ever had and I feel so incredibly blessed to be a part of the DaySpring community.

Kayla Briggs

First and Second Grade

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL INSTRUCTORS

 
Allen Moore

Math & Science

Allen Moore was raised in Springfield, Missouri where he attended Evangel University graduating with a major in Speech/Theatre Education and a concentration in Mathematics. He tutored Math throughout college with students from middle school through college. Since college, Allen has taught 13 years in public schools and 7 years here in math, theatre, speech, and computer applications. Allen is married to Kristy and together they have three children and one grandson. Allen enjoys theatre, music, technology reading, and bicycling.

Mariah Scott

Math & Science

​Mariah is a recent graduate of Greenville College, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with endorsements in Biology, Chemistry and Middle School Science and graduated with honors. Mariah has seven years experience working with children ages 2-18 in a variety of settings. Mariah is excited to join the DaySpring staff and looks forward to working with a variety of students and parents.

Sariah Scott

Math

Sariah has a Bachelor's in Secondary Mathematics Education and 4 years of teaching experience.

She likes working at DaySpring because of the laid-back environment and educational philosophy.

Her favorite part of teaching is watching students get to their "ah-ha!" moment.

Ginger Fulton

Language Arts

My name is Ginger Fulton. I've taught a total of twelve years, and I have taught a wide variety of subjects as well as a wide range of grades. I studied physics and music at The Colorado College and graduated with a BA in Music. My instruments were piano and viola. After college, I studied at a local center named MOMTEP to earn my Montessori certification. And I proceeded to earn my Master's Degree from Maryville University. I took a break from teaching now and then, as I raised my four children.

My favorite part of teaching is seeing my students get excited about a topic that matters to them. That energy and enthusiasm is contagious! Teaching at DaySpring has been a special treat, where my students are so talented, creative, and passionate about their interests. I am blessed to be here!

Alicia Whitbeck

Psychology & Worldviews

Alicia has taught at DaySpring for 7 years. Before teaching at DaySpring, she helped create parent co-op partnerships with universities for homeschooling communities without access to science laboratories. She has taught as a lab teacher for those co-ops for a year.
Alicia has a Bachelors of Arts in Biology and Psychology from Missouri Science and Technology.
Her favorite part about teaching is to inspire the students to love learning. she enjoys finding out about the students' interests and making that a part of the class. They've made music videos, news stations, art projects, and other creative projects related to the class content. Students learn best when they are actively learning and collaborating. She loves to give them those opportunities and see their growth.

Samuel Larson

Spanish

Alissa Murray

Science

Alissa has a BA in Biology, MAT in Middle School Science, and Minor in Spanish
Her favorite part about teaching is when kids experience that "ah ha!" moment of understanding how something works and seeing them get excited about how cool the world around us and how everything works together.
She likes working at DaySpring because of the small class sizes and really getting the opportunity to know her students and their families. She loves seeing the students grow from year to year and our school community.