The Miriam Academy Head of School and founding faculty and staff were handpicked to create this brand new learning institute for our families. Please read more to learn about this terrific team or watch some of them share why they chose Miriam Academy:
Meet the Teachers
Kathy Puettmann, Associate Head of School
Kathy Puettmann brings more than 14 years of hands-on teaching experience as a special education teacher to Miriam Academy. With an expertise in building programs for students with learning disabilities, Kathy most recently was with St. Alban Roe School where she created and implemented the resource program and project-based enrichment program. She also held positions in the Archdiocese of St. Louis as a special education and classroom teacher. Kathy received her Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Southeast Missouri State University and Bachelor of Science in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is certified in Special Education K-12 and Elementary Education 1-8.
Chris Holmes, Humanities Teacher
Chris Holmes joins Miriam Academy with 15 years of teaching experience in English/ Journalism: five at Clayton High School and the past ten at Hazelwood West High School. He also teaches at Missouri Scholars Academy, a summer program for gifted students at the University of Missouri - Columbia, where he is studying Educational Psychology. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Truman State University and is certified in English, Journalism and Special Education. In 2009, Chris was selected as the Governor's Council on Disability Educator of the Year. In 2015, Chris was chosen as the Missouri Teacher of the Year.
Brandi McKenney, Math Teacher
Brandi McKenney has expertise in customizing learning and monitoring growth in math education for high school students. Brandi has taught Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra II in co-teaching environments at high schools in the Mehlville, Affton, and Riverview Gardens School Districts. She holds a Master of Arts in Mathematics from Webster University and Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education-Math from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Melissa Luecke, Science Teacher
Melissa Luecke brings extensive teaching experience from McCluer High School in the Ferguson Florissant School District, where she taught Chemistry, Honors Advanced Chemistry and Physical Science. Additionally, Mrs. Luecke has past experiences coaching swimming, writing curriculum, chairing the science department and being the Cohort Advisor for “At-Hope” high school students. Mrs. Luecke is certified in Unified Science—Biology and Chemistry 9-12 grades. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri—St. Louis.
Norman Rich, PE/Health Teacher
Norman Rich has held physical education, teaching and coaching positions for more than twenty years in various school districts in St. Louis. His career includes serving as an adaptive PE specialist with Special School District in the Rockwood School District, and serving as a health education and physical education teacher in the Parkway School District. He is a certified American Red Cross CPR Instructor and holds certifications in life saving and water safety. Norman also served as head coach for water polo, swimming and diving at Rockwood Summit High School and is currently the Baseball Commissioner for the Ballwin Athletic Association. Norman holds a Masters of Education in Physical Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Katie Moorman, Registrar
Katie Moorman served as a director with United Cerebral Palsy Heartland where she supervised personnel caring for young adults in respite care facilities and day programs. Katie has extensive experience with budgets, grant writing and caring for medical needs in Individualized Care Plans. Katie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Missouri State University.