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.

Anne Marie Schweiss

Anne Marie Schweiss


Anne Marie began her relationship with Eliot Chapel Nursery School when her children began attending the school. She began at ECNS in 2000 and in Early Childhood Education in 1995. She received her Bachelor Degree from Purdue University and her Master Degree from Webster University.

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.

Ann Cerutti

Ann Cerutti

Ann’s first involvement with Eliot Chapel Nursery School was in 1995 when the first of her three children began preschool. She’s excited to be returning as a teacher in the ECNS lunch bunch program beginning in 2013. She attended the University of Kansas.

Becky Steuby

Becky has nine years of teaching experience. Her degree is in Early Childhood Education from Webster University. She began teaching at ECNS in 2009.

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.

Carolyn Woodsmall

Carolyn has been teaching at ECNS since 1976. After obtaining her degree from Missouri Valley College, she taught at the elementary level.

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.

Evann De-Bose

Music teacher

Evann De-Bose began teaching music at ECNS in 2017. She earned her degree from Stephens College in Columbia, MO.

Eve Sedovic

Eve Sedovic

Eve has been with ECNS since 1994 and has previous experience teaching kindergarten and first grade. She studied fine arts at the University of Kansas and earned her education degree from Webster University.

Gretchen Harleman

Gretchen has been in teaching preschool since 2006. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Webster University. She is a certified Montessori teacher, and has worked training Montessori student teachers for 8 years. She has been a substitute teacher at ECNS since 2015.

Jane O’Neill

Jane has been teaching the beginners class at ECNS since 2006 and added the afternoon multiage class in 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a degree in Early Childhood Education and is also currently enrolled in graduate school at UMSL.

Jennifer Burrus

Jennifer has been teaching since 1998 including 4 years of working with deaf children. She has been at ECNS since 2004. She enjoys exploring new things and getting messy with the children.

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.

Libby Ryan

Libby Ryan

Libby has been a part of ECNS since her children started attending in 2008 and served on the board during that time. She has substitute taught at ECNS as well. She has a bachelors and masters in elementary education and worked for 10 years as an elementary teacher in Missouri and California. She loves working with preschool aged children and joined the staff for the 2014-15 school year.

Nicole Thompson

Yoga Teacher

Nicole first came to ECNS as a student and then again when her 2 children attended preschool. As a yoga instructor, she loves sharing the fun of yoga with children and adults alike.

Patti Baker

Patti has been at ECNS since 2006. She graduated from Elmhurst College and completed her Masters degree from Webster University. She has been teaching preschool since 1993.

Susanne Corrigan

Susanne joined Eliot Chapel Nursery School in the fall of 2018. She received both her Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from Webster University.

Susie Reis

Susie first joined the ECNS staff as a sub in the spring of 2012 and as a classroom teacher for the 2012-13 school year. She began teaching elementary school in 1975 and preschool in 1983, and she was with Parents as Teachers in Kirkwood from 1986 to 1996.

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