OUR STAFF

eXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NANCY SCHAAF

ADMINISTRATION

Kristy Schmittling

Finance Department

Jodie Schutt

Front Desk Administrator | Event Manager | Marketing Coordinator

Claire Ward

Programming & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Orr

Front Desk Administrator | Box Office Manager

Katrina Mathias

Front Desk Administrator

Susan Lewin

Front Desk Coordinator

Isabelle Scheibe

Producer

Allen Moore

Building Manager

Nancy Pfister

Front Desk Administrator

Janel Schrunk

Front Desk Administrator (DaySpring South County)

Department Heads

Angie Mather

Academy Director | Academy Instructor

Angie is a dedicated educator with thirty years of experience. She believes in a creative teaching approach that allows students to interact with information and make it relevant in their lives. She is passionate about helping students become lifelong learners and her enthusiasm in the classroom is infectious and helps create a positive environment for learning. Angie graduated from Hannibal-LaGrange College in 1987 with a BS in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Social Studies. She also holds a Missouri Teacher Certification in Missouri for grades one through eight. She has taught in a variety of venues from preschools, cottage schools, and traditional private and public schools. She has been at DaySpring since 1994 as a parent, volunteer, teacher and now as the Division Head of the Academy.

Mariel Lanier

Art Department Head | Art Instructor

Mariel Lanier (nee Heins) graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Taylor University. She has taught both privately and publicly in the US and abroad. She is an experienced printmaker in lithography. She has over eight years experience in ceramics and is well versed in drawing and painting and has shown her work in galleries nationally. Mariel is a St. Louis native, who graduated from Ladue High School. She is actively involved in her church and Teen Community Bible Study.

Betsey Karako

Music Department Head | Music Instructor

Elizabeth Karako is an active performer and teacher in the St. Louis area. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with high honors from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Master of Music in Violin Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. During the summers of 2014-2018, she served as a Unit Director and Associate Staff Director at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. Elizabeth currently plays with the Salem-St. Louis Chamber Orchestra and is registered through the Suzuki Association of the Americas for Volumes 1-10 of the Violin School.

Kaetlin Lamberson

Performing Arts Department Head

Kaetlin Lamberson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and minor in Political Science. At SEMO she served as President of University Dancers United and Senior Senator for the Holland College of Arts and Media. Here she was awarded the President’s Spirit of Southeast award and Outstanding Senior for Conservatory of Theatre and Dance. After graduation, Kaetlin worked with COCAedu for a summer internship, and began teaching dance in Columbia, Illinois. Because of a passion for Arts Advocacy, she currently serves as a board member with Missouri Citizens for the Arts and has for two years. In this time, she has attended many advocacy events at the local, state and national levels to advocate on behalf of the Missouri Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

Amber Studebaker

Dance Department Head | Dance Instructor

Amber is excited to return to her hometown of St. Louis after four years of living and teaching in the greater Atlanta area! Her early training began at Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts School where she cultivated her interest in ballet, jazz, tap, vocal performance, and theater with Vivian Watts, Diane McCullough, and Thomasina Clarke. She continued her studies in ballet, tap, jazz, and musical right here at DaySpring under Robyn Hartley, Ginger Hedrick, Ali Grimshaw, and Nancy Schaaf. It was here that she discovered her love for teaching and performing ballet and was mentored as an assistant teacher until graduating from high school in 2003. She continued her own dance training at St. Louis Ballet School with Ellen Costanza and Gen Horiuchi until attending the University of Oklahoma as a ballet pedagogy major where she had the opportunity to study ballet theory with special focus on the psychology of learning and motivation among dance students. While an undergraduate student at OU she danced with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet for two seasons and received a B.F.A. in Dance in 2010. She returned to St. Louis to continue her teaching career at DaySpring School of the Arts as well as staging and directing performances for her students such as You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! (2011), selections from La Bayadere (2011), and Are You My Mother? (an original ballet production, 2012). During her time in Atlanta she taught ballet and pointe at all levels for several traditional and competition dance studios around the city. This will be Amber’s fourteenth season teaching dance.

Dianne Mueller

South County Coordinator | Musical Theatre & Drama Instructor

Dianne Mueller studied theater at Kansas University and later graduated from the University of Missouri St Louis with a BS in Biology and Chemistry. After working for 10 years in the biochemistry field, Dianne retired and pursued her first love, theater. Dianne began teaching youth choirs in 2002 at Green Park Lutheran School and Christ Memorial Lutheran Church. Dianne also formed a youth drama group at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church and has organized and taught various theater camps. Dianne is very active in St. Louis community theater and is currently the Creative Director of Christ Memorial Productions. She also sits on the Board of Family Musical Theater. In her “spare” time she likes to build and create things. Some of her favorite types of creations are doll houses, gingerbread houses and as of now she is planning to tackle furniture construction.

OFFICE HOURS

 

Monday - Friday 9am-5pm

The best way to contact us is through email, if you do not know who to send your email to please use info@dayspringarts.org.

 

We are accepting mail for payment or registration forms, along with our online registration form.   

DAYSPRING ARTS & EDUCATION

2500 Metro Blvd.

Maryland Heights, MO 63043

314-291-8878

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