Our School Staff

Meet Our Leadership

Mrs. Dolan

Mrs. Gerry Dolan

Headmistress

Mrs. Gerry Dolan

Headmistress

P.E. (Grades K - 2)

As headmistress, Mrs. Dolan loves helping teachers continue to develop and expand their teaching skills and use their gifts to engage the students in order to help them grow in knowledge, wisdom and virtue.  “It is a great privilege and joy to work with such a talented group of Catholic educators.  The collegiality is beyond compare. We read, learn, discuss, and analyze together.  We are a team, giving the best to our students, each other, and the school community!  We engage the heart, mind, and soul of our students… We connect what we teach to the children's lives and form the whole child.”  Outside the halls of St. Austin, Mrs. Dolan can be found spending time with family, biking, walking, working out, enjoying the beautiful outdoors, taking in a Cardinals’ baseball game, or listening to Christian music.  Her favorite saints are St. Anthony of Padua and St. Thérèse of Lisieux.  She truly lives by her favorite scripture verses: Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” and  Proverbs 9:9 “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

Education

M.A. in Educational Leadership, Saint Louis University

B.S. in Elementary Educations, Eastern Illinois University

Mr. Thomas Capps

Second Master

Mr. Thomas Capps

Second Master

Latin (Grades 1 - 8), Hebrew/Scripture (Grades 5 - 8), History (Grades 5 - 8)

Mr. Capps is a graduate of Harvard College where he received a BA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.  He uses his passion for classical education to help his students grow in faith, pursuing the virtue of excellence in education which, in turn, brings us closer to Christ.  Mr. Capps’ favorite saint is St. Cuthbert, the patron saint of Northumbria (origin of the Capps family), a British monk who united Celtic and Benedictine monastic traditions, and an exceptionally patient individual.  He has previously led St. Austin summer camps including “Calligraphy,” “Create your own Language,” and “Tolkien” (author of his favorite book The Silmarillion).

Education

B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard College

Meet Our Talented Faculty

Miss Lauren Prize

PreK Teacher

Miss Lauren Prize

PreK

Miss Prize brings great tenderness and a world of discovery to her students through the Montessori method of education.  “This is what teaching is for me - sharing the experience of learning.”  She especially loves introducing her students to the work of artists and musicians. Miss Prize’s favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.  Her favorite saint is St. John the Evangelist, who rested his head near Christ’s beating Sacred Heart at the Last Supper and remained at the foot of the cross. “I want to be like St. John, full of confidence in the love that God has for me and returning an overflowing love and confidence in Him.”  Miss Prize’s hobbies include hiking, discussing philosophy, creating/designing/sewing clothing, and reading.  She has offered St. Austin summer camps including Crochet Camp, Jane Austen Camp, and Embroidery Camp. 

Education

AMI Montessori diplomas for both Primary (ages 3-6) and Elementary (grades 1-6)

Currently pursuing a B.A. in Philosophy, Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Mrs. Brigida Leonard

PreK Teacher Aide

Mrs. Brigida Leonard

Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Leonard earned her B.S. in Education from Maryville University.  She brings a deep faith to The St. Austin School and loves to see a child light up with happiness when their understanding of what is being taught “clicks.”  Her favorite saint is St. Michael the Archangel who helped her feel brave while battling cancer.  She loves the quote by St. Mother Teresa, “I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”  Outside of school you can find Mrs. Leonard baking and enjoying the outdoors with her family. 

Education

B.S. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Maryville University

Miss Sarah O'Daniel

Form I Teacher

Miss Sarah O'Daniel

Form I (Kindergarten)

Miss O’Daniel earned her B.A. in Psychology from Maryville University.  She emphasizes building personal relationships with her students rooted in trust so that they feel comfortable and safe in her classroom.  Because her students feel like they can be themselves, she is able to witness those “light bulb” moments and their pure excitement when understanding a lesson.  Miss O’Daniel sees the classical style of instruction as teaching students to think for themselves by giving them the tools of learning.  “Reimagining the subjects we teach and learn as a good gift from God shifts the lesson’s entire framework.  It’s not, what good will this subject do me? Rather, what is true, good, and beautiful about this, that I need to pursue?” Miss O’Daniel spends her time outside of the classroom volunteering with her church’s youth group and is inspired by St. Catherine of Sienna who encourages her to use her spiritual gifts openly… to speak the truth, but do so with charity.

Education

B.A. in Psychology, Maryville University

Miss Alexis Sallwasser

Form II Teacher

Miss Alexis Sallwasser

Form II (Grade 1)

Miss Sallwasser has a passion for teaching and loves to spend her days learning and diving into the world through the eyes of young minds. She loves the small, close community of The St. Austin School where everyone is friendly and supportive.  Miss Sallwasser especially enjoys teaching Science because there is so much fun learning through hands-on experience.  Like her favorite saint, Pope St. John Paul II, she loves to camp and her perfect day would be spent at camp canoeing on a lake, hiking the trails, and rock-climbing. She says, “There is no time I feel closer to God than when I am surrounded by his wonderful creation!”

Education

B.S.E. in Elementary Education, University of Central Missouri

Mrs. Mary Agnew

Form III Teacher

Mrs. Mary Agnew

Form III (Grade 2)

Mrs. Agnew uses her many years of teaching experience to bring a deep understanding of the faith and sacraments to her students. Her favorite subject to teach is English. “I most enjoy watching the joy on my second grade students’ faces when they are learning. When I tell them I am going to teach them about nominative and objective case personal pronouns and they cheer, it makes my heart glad!” Mrs. Agnew’s favorite saint is St. Monica, because she is the patron saint of mothers. Outside of school you can find her cooking and taking care of her grandchildren. Her perfect day would start with a walk, attending Holy Mass, followed by a nice hot cup of coffee. She would have plenty of time to teach her students, look over their homework, take a nap, cook dinner, and finish up with an evening walk to look at the moon phases. 

Education

B.A. in Education, Harris-Stowe University

M.A. in Education, University of Missouri St. Louis

Miss Catherine Gilmore

Form IV Teacher

Miss Catherine Gilmore

Form IV (Grade 3)

Miss Gilmore earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Saint Louis University.  She loves to teach reading and believes that Classical Education helps her students to be seekers of truth and lifelong lovers of wisdom.  Her favorite saint is St. Faustina because, “through her, Christ shows us his merciful love in a very unique and profound way.”  Miss Gilmore loves the radiant and contagious joy of the students every day inside and outside of the classroom. “The surest sign that God is alive in you is joy” (Bishop Robert Barron). Outside of school you can find Miss Gilmore running, writing, and cooking strange vegetables. When asked what is one school supply you can’t live without, Miss Gilmore replied, “Coffee is a school supply, right?”

Education

M.A. in Teaching, Saint Louis University

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Dallas

Mrs. Jane McCabe

Form V Teacher

Mrs. Jane McCabe

Form V (Grade 4)

Mrs. McCabe brings many years of experience and tender care to her classroom where she most enjoys teaching math.  She loves the atmosphere of The St. Austin School and that God can somehow be drawn into every subject due to the use of the classical method of teaching.  Mrs. McCabe works to encourage the parents of her students to continue the beautiful job they are doing in raising their children and spreading the faith.  Her favorite saint is St. Josephine Bakhita who never held a grudge with the people who were so mean to her.  Outside of school you can find Mrs. McCabe reading books about espionage, singing, walking, and gardening.  Her idea of a perfect day is one in which her classes run smoothly and it’s Friday.  During the summer, you can find students attending Mrs. McCabe’s Manners Camp at St. Austin.

Education

B.A. in Geography, Saint Louis University

Dr. Hilary Finley

Form VI
English - Form VIII
Religion - Form VI and VIII

Dr. Hilary Finley

English (Grades 7 & 8), Religion (Grades 5, 7 & 8)

A PhD graduate in English from the University of Dallas, Dr. Finley uses her background and classical instruction to offer a breadth of insight into the human experience. This broadens the minds of her students and enables them to see God in a more expansive way, both interiorly and in the external world. “I love that St. Austin celebrates students as incredible and unique creations of Almighty God, and offers an education aimed to help students know God in order that we may love him better.”  Dr. Finely’s favorite book is Green Mansions by William Henry Hudson and her idea of a perfect day includes good coffee, time outside, fresh air, and family.

Education

PhD in English, University of Dallas

Mr. Mark Bowles

Form VII
English - Forms VI & VII
Religion - Form VI
Math - Grades 5 & 7

Mr. Mark Bowles

English (Grades 5 & 6), Math (Grades 5 & 7),

Religion (Grade 6)

Mr. Bowles sees the fruit of classical education as teaching the students to focus not on worldly success, but to live in the pursuit of Truth.  He encourages an environment of friendship and respect in his classroom.  His favorite saint is St. John the Evangelist, the patron saint of friendship.  Lent is Mr. Bowles’ favorite liturgical season because, “it’s a time of renewal and spiritual excitement.  It gives me an end to work for, a focus for the rest of the year.” Mr. Bowles spends some of his free time volunteering with the Daughters of Charity.

Education

B.A. in Education with a Minor in Catholic Education, Saint Louis University

Mr. Tom Capps

Latin - Form II - VIII
Hebrew/Scripture - Form VI - VIII
History - Form VI - VIII

Mr. Tom Capps

Second Master

Latin (Grades 1 - 8), Hebrew/Scripture (Grades 5 - 8), History (Grades 5 - 8)

Mr. Capps is a graduate of Harvard College where he received a BA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.  He uses his passion for classical education to help his students grow in faith, pursuing the virtue of excellence in education which, in turn, brings us closer to Christ.  Mr. Capps’ favorite saint is St. Cuthbert, the patron saint of Northumbria (origin of the Capps family), a British monk who united Celtic and Benedictine monastic traditions, and an exceptionally patient individual.  He has previously led St. Austin summer camps including “Calligraphy,” “Create your own Language,” and “Tolkien” (author of his favorite book The Silmarillion).

Education

B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard College

Mr. Phil Councilor

Form VIII
Science - Forms VI - VIII
Math - Grades 6 & 8
Physical Education - Forms III-VIII

Mr. Phil Councilor

Math (Grades 6 & 8), Science (Grades 5 - 8),

PE (Grades 2 - 8)

Mr. Philip Councilor earned his B.A. in History from the University of Missouri, Columbia.  He models the philosophy of classical education by showing his students that through the Catholic worldview everything is connected in God’s greater plan.  He has a passion for contributing something good to the world through teaching and sharing Christ with his students.  His hobbies are spending time outdoors, fishing, reading, and engaging in physical fitness. His favorite prayer is the Rosary and Our Lady is his favorite saint.

Education

B.A. in History, University of Missouri

Mrs. Elisabeth Kenney

Music

Mrs. Elisabeth Kenney

Music

Mrs. Kenney uses more than singing to teach her students music. She finds singing to be the most satisfying and fun thing to teach, but she gets most excited about the science and math of music (harmonic series, music theory).  Mrs. Kenney enjoys the classical method of instruction because it can be used to reinforce connections across subjects, strengthening the students’ understanding. Her favorite thing about St. Austin is the genuine joyfulness of the students.  Mrs. Kenney’s favorite author is Jane Austen. Her favorite prayer is the Memorare.  Her hobbies include baking, reading, and raising kids.  And the one school supply she can’t live without? A hole punch (for all the sheet music she hands out)!

Education

B.A. in Sacred Music, Ave Maria University

Mrs. Carrie Blase

Art

Mrs. Carrie Blase

Art (K - 8)

Mrs. Blase brings to her students a great appreciation for the significance of art to society and the human person. Often, the Catholic faith is first learned through art. Western culture was built upon art and an appreciation for truth and goodness as reflected in the beauty of art. Mrs. Blase enjoys introducing her students to many different mediums and witnessing their unique take on a given project. Her favorite prayer by St. Clement of Rome concludes, “May every nation come to know that You alone are God, that Jesus Christ is Your Child, that we are Your people, the sheep that You pasture.”

Education

B.A. in Graphic Design and Communication, Florida Atlantic University

Mrs. Jackie Spellmeyer

Library

Mrs. Jackie Spellmeyer

Library (K-8)

Mrs. Spellmeyer truly opens the world of good literature to the students of The St. Austin School.  She especially enjoys reading to the children about American History and the saints.  Her favorite saint is St. Anthony who is always helping her find often misplaced items. Mrs. Spellmeyer’s favorite quote is by St. Mother Teresa, “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle, I just wish he didn’t trust me so much!”  Her recommended summer reads are: The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede and My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell.

Education

Bachelor of Health Science, University of Missouri

Frank

Mrs. Jane Frank

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Mrs. Jane Frank

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (PreK & K)

Mrs. Frank uses her background in English to instruct her favorite subject, Lyric Poetry, to her students in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Her favorite presentation is The Cenacle or The Parable of the Mustard Seed.  She loves the cheerful spirit of friendship that characterizes The St. Austin School and shares that, “The classical style of instruction shows such respect for the development of the child and trusts him with the good, true, and beautiful.  Similarly, our Lord does not withhold himself from even the youngest of us, but comes to meet us as we are.”  Outside of school you may find her baking bread (especially sourdough), reading, and gardening. Her perfect day would include coffee and books in the morning, a hike and picnic with her family, and an evening with friends, wine, music-making, and conversation. 

Education

B.A. in English & Concentration in Modern Languages, Italian; University of Dallas

Carmen

Mrs. Carmen Ramirez

Spanish

Mrs. Carmen Ramirez

Spanish (PreK-8)

Mrs. Ramirez brings a love of the Spanish language and tradition to her students at The St. Austin School.  Her favorite saint is St. Josemaria Escriva who encourages her to sanctify her daily life through her work.  Mrs. Ramirez loves to celebrate the month of May, the month of Our Lady.  She enjoys reading the Bible and books about Spanish History.  Her other hobbies include walking, swimming, and spending time with her family at home in St. Louis and in Spain.  Mrs. Ramirez’s favorite quote is, “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.”

Education

American History, University of Seville, Spain


Administrative Staff

Fr. Dominic Lenk, OSB

Chaplain

Fr. Dominic Lenk, OSB

Born and raised in Troy, Missouri, Father Dominic Link, O.S.B., professed his first vows in the fall of 1991 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1998. He holds degrees in Accounting, Business Education, and Theology. 

Mrs. Danielle Morgenthaler

Admissions Director

Mrs. Danielle Morgenthaler

Mrs. Mary Ann Mueth

Assistant Treasurer

Mrs. Mary Ann Mueth

Accountant

Assistant Treasurer

Mrs. Mueth has worked as an accountant in various roles for over 30 years and has also worked in Development and Marketing.  She runs a small business as a professional organizer.  Her favorite things about The St. Austin School are the families and school community.  Mrs. Mueth loves that the classical style of St. Austin draws on traditions and principles that much of society has discarded.  For example, St. Austin teaches cursive writing which many schools have discontinued in favor of keyboarding. Mrs. Mueth enjoys spending time with her husband and four grown children.  Her dream is to someday have a grandchild who will attend St. Austin. 

Education

B.S. in Accounting - Business Administration, Saint Louis University

Mrs. Theresa Leland

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Theresa Leland

Administrative Assistant

As Administrative Assistant at The St. Austin School, Mrs. Leland’s one school supply she can’t live without is her planner! She loves St. Josemaria Escriva because he is, as Pope St. John Paul II called him, the saint of the ordinary.  Her favorite liturgical season is Ordinary Time because, “that is where we find most of our joys and sorrows - everyday life.”  Mrs. Leland spends her time outside of school knitting, gardening, and spending time with her 11 grandchildren.

Mrs. Amanda Wegrzyn

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Amanda Wegrzyn

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Wegrzyn graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago.  She is passionate about her role working with the administration and faculty at The St. Austin School. “I am amazed by the talent, dedication, and love that our teachers devote to the school and our students.  Their influence sets a high bar for our students to emulate.” She works and lives by her favorite quote, “Do small things with great love.” (St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta). While away from school, you may find Mrs. Wegrzyn spending time with family on the farm where she grew up.

Education

Masters in Social Work, Loyola University Chicago

B.S. in Media Studies, University of Illinois

Ms. Pat Nieberding

Secretary

Ms. Pat Nieberding

Secretary

Ms. Nieberding is always ready with a smile to welcome those who enter the doors of The St. Austin School.  Her favorite book is Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean Pierre de Caussade.  Ms. Nieberding’s hobbies include participating in prayer groups, spending time with family, and last but not least, her dog Max.  Her perfect day would be spent at the Zoo with her grandchildren, a trip to Ted Drewes, and reading with grandchildren.

Education

B.A. in Psychology, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Board of Governors 

Fr. Dominic Lenk, OSB

Chaplain

Mr. Jim Spellmeyer

Treasurer & Business Manager

Mr. Paul Hunker

Secretary

Mr. Ron Brewer

Mrs. Dolan

Mrs. Gerry Dolan

Mrs. Danielle Morgenthaler

Kinnison

Mrs. Colleen Kinnison