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Local schools welcome new teachers, staff

Maggie Rossel and Mark Clynes

Maggie Rossel and Mark Clynes

Chesterfield Day School is pleased to announce the addition of three new faculty members for the 2014-2015 school year.

Danielle Lee will be joining the CDS faculty as a full-time librarian and as technology teacher for grades two through six. Previously, Lee held a position at CDS as an assistant in the second and third grades from 2011 to 2013.

Puja Bhutani will be a new kindergarten and first-grade teacher with Lindsay Klasing. She is a Montessori-certified teacher and has been a lead teacher at Children of Promise School since 2011.

Alexis Buja will be joining the CDS faculty as the new fifth- and sixth-grade language arts/social studies teacher. Previously, Buja taught fifth grade at The American School of Tampico in Mexico.

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John F. Kennedy Catholic High welcomes Maggie Rossel as the new director of alumni relations and special events. She has been an active volunteer in the Kennedy Advancement Office, spearheading many activities and events.

Rossel joins the Kennedy staff as its third ‘08 alumnus. During her time at Kennedy, she was voted “Ms. JFK,” an award given yearly to a student who embodies the mission and values of Kennedy.

“Since graduation, I wanted to return to Kennedy and give back to the school that has given me so much. I never really left my school, but being at Kennedy every day will truly feel like home,” Rossel said.

Kennedy also welcomes Mark Clynes as the new director of enrollment. Clynes has taught in the private school setting for 27 years, including the last seven years at McKendree University. He hopes to bring his experience and recruitment techniques to Kennedy.

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Westminster Christian Academy has hired John Sarra, former art professor at Washington University in St. Louis, as upper school art teacher and chair of the art department.

“After 17 years of teaching at the university level, I’m excited about my new role as chair of visual arts at Westminster,” Sarra said.

Sarra holds a bachelor of arts degree in Studio Art from the College of Charleston and a master of fine arts degree with a major in painting from Washington University in St. Louis.




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