Our School

Our Staff

Eliot Chapel Nursery School has friendly, creative teachers who love working with children. The staff is well-trained in creating a warm, welcoming environment for the children to learn through play. Staff members are continually expanding their knowledge by attending workshops, listening to speakers and enrolling in seminars. What they learn, they share with their fellow teachers and children alike. Children learn best through play and the staff creates an environment that fosters creativity.

Anna Beck

Anna received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Missouri State University. She has worked with the Kirkwood School District’s Adventure Club, Eliot Chapel’s Religious Education Staff and KinderCare. She joined the teaching staff at ECNS in 2022.

Becky Steuby


Becky Steuby began her teaching career in 1999 teaching first grade. After a break from teaching to be a stay at home mom to her three children, Becky returned to the classroom at Eliot Chapel Nursery School when her youngest son began nursery school. She has been teaching multi-age classes at ECNS since 2008 and has recently assumed the position of Director at ECNS. Becky has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Webster University.

Becky Wooldridge

Becky Wooldridge

Becky Wooldridge has been with ECNS since 1992, first as a parent and then as a teacher. She has degrees in elementary and special education as well as education administration.

Christie McClain

Christie joined the ECNS staff in 2022. She recently retired from teaching at North Glendale Elementary School. Christie has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Maryville University. She loves working with children of all ages!

Ellen Johnson

Ellen has been a part of Eliot Chapel since 2011, when her oldest of three started in the beginner room. She previously taught preschool in Colorado, and currently teaches art at Camp Taum Sauk during the summer. She joined the staff as Lunch Bunch teacher in 2018. She has a degree from Elon University in North Carolina.

Gretchen Harleman

Gretchen has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Webster University and is a certified Montessori teacher. She began teaching toddlers and preschoolers in 1993. She has also worked training Montessori student teachers for many years. She is a mom to three school aged children. She has enjoyed teaching at Eliot Chapel Nursery School since 2015.

Jennifer Burrus

Jennifer began teaching in 1998.  She has been at ECNS since 2004. In addition to her regular classes, she shares her love of nature with the students through seasonal science classes.  Jennifer enjoys exploring new things with the children and isn’t afraid to get messy.

Kelly Schweiss

Kelly has been part of the ECNS family since 1994, first as a parent and member of the board and as a teacher since 1999. She is a pro at wrangling hungry preschoolers in Lunch Bunch, teaching them proper table manners and how to clean up after themselves. She attended St. Louis University.

Kristen McSwain

Kristen McSwain

Kristen has been part of ECNS since 2013, first as a parent and later as a substitute teacher.  She is looking forward to joining the permanent ECNS staff this year as she sends her fifth child to kindergarten.  Kristen has served on the board of a Washington, DC based non-profit aimed at improving the lives of low income children, as well as President of the board of a Virginia-based Day School. Kristen graduated from the University of Kansas.

Clare Hansen

Office Assistant

Clare joined the ECNS staff in 2014. She assists the entire staff with administrative tasks and organizes the school library. She has a BA from Kenyon College.

Susan Planck


Susan joined the ECNS staff in Fall of 2000. She is responsible for all financial tasks related to the school and is known to visit with her pal Oliver, an adorable mini poodle.

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