Mrs. Kirsten Adler, K-8 Spanish
Mrs. Adler grew up in Libertyville, IL. She attended Libertyville High School and graduated from Concordia University-River Forest with a BA in elementary education with concentrations in math and special education. She taught second grade in North Tonawanda, NY, and Chicago, IL, and art, literature, English, Spanish, and served as librarian in Dundee, IL.
Kirsten and her husband, Clint (who also teaches at CCLS) have four wonderful daughters. She enjoys family time, classical music, reading, tennis, antique-hunting, and sharing the Spanish language with the children at CCLS.
Mrs. Emily Callison, Literacy Specialist
Emily Callison, born and raised in St. Louis, received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2005. Upon completion of her degree, she moved back to St. Louis and taught at Crestwood Elementary School in the Lindbergh School District for two years. After starting her teaching career, she realized her love for reading and writing and continued her education at Webster University and completed her Masters in Reading with an additional reading certification from Webster University. A Reading Specialist position opened at St. Louis Charter School (now called Premier Charter) and she taught there as a Reading Specialist for six years.
Emily enjoys spending time with her husband, Sean, and their two boys, Jack (grade 1) and Liam (pre-K), who will also be attending school at the Webster Campus. In addition, Emily and her family are members of the Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens. Other members of the Callison household include Addie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Jameson, a Shih tzu. Emily loves to travel, read, work out, watch movies, cheer on her boys in all their sporting events and is a true St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Cardinals fan. She is thrilled that she will be teaching at CCLS where she can teach in a Christ-like atmosphere and her family can also experience the same values and continue to grow in their faith.
Mrs. Nancy Knost, Elementary PE
Nancy Knost grew up in St. Louis as the the youngest of five siblings. She attended Salem Lutheran in Affton, and Lutheran High School South. After receiving athletic scholarships in softball and volleyball, she continued her education at Meramec Community College and Missouri Baptist University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, a minor in Health, and a Secondary Missouri Teaching Degree. She has taught middle school math, PE, health, literature, and religion at CCLS, and math at Lutheran High South and IVY Technical College. Nancy has enjoyed coaching volleyball, basketball, and track while teaching at CCLS middle school, early in her career, and coached softball for 7 years and volleyball for 3 years at LHSS since then.
Currently, Mrs. Knost is in her twelfth year teaching PE at the elementary campus. Some of her main goals for the students are that they learn to celebrate the wonderful, unique bodies which the Lord has blessed them with by learning new skills, that they learn how to care for their bodies for a lifetime as a thank you gift back to the Lord, and that they learn to glorify God by choosing a Christ-like attitude toward everything they do.
Mrs. Knost also enjoys facilitating a women’s Bible study at Concordia Lutheran Church, as has also worked in children’s ministry.
Nancy is married (25 years) to Dan Knost, a salesman for ExxonMobil Chemical. They have been blessed with one son, David, who attended CCLS and LHSS and is currently in his first year at Southeast Missouri
State University. Nancy's interests include running/fitness, sports, and loves spending time with her family.
Mary Beth Sullivan is pleased to serve as Librarian at the Elementary Campus. After working in libraries in the School District of Clayton for 26 years the lure of working in a field she loves while having a more flexible schedule was too tempting to resist. Instilling a love of reading, sharing wonderful books, and helping children grow as readers are what drives her efforts at CCLS. A member of Webster Gardens Lutheran Church for over 35 years, she has served as a member of adult choir for nearly that long, has served as a Sunday School and VBS teacher and has also taken American Sign Language training at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. She is married to Pat Sullivan, she has 3 grown children, Bethany Keller, Julie Evans, and Patrick Sullivan, 2 wonderful sons-in-law, John Keller, and Ryan Evans and 4 beautiful grandchildren, Miles, Max, Alexander & Mara.
Soli Deo Gloria
Mr Uetrecht was born and raised in St. Louis. He attended Concord Lutheran School in North St. Louis. He is a 1978 graduate of Salem Lutheran School in Affton, Missouri. He is 1982 graduate of Lutheran High School South. He attended Concordia Teacher's College, Seward, Nebraska, now known as Concordia University-Nebraska. He graduated from Concordia in December of 1986 with an Elementary Degree with a major in Special Education and minor in Art.
He began teaching in January, 1987, in Detroit, Michigan for the Lutheran School for the Deaf now known as Lutheran Special Education Ministries. During his five years in Detroit, he taught in the resource room at Lutheran High West and started the program at Lutheran High Westland. He achieved his Masters in Learning Disabilities at Wayne State University in 1991. While in Detroit, he was the freshman softball coach and assistant JV basketball coach.
In 1993, Mr. Uetrecht received a Call to teach special education for Lutheran Special Education Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was placed as the resource teacher at Christ Community Lutheran School. While teaching at CCLS, he received a Call to be their own resource teacher. He continues to enjoy working with students, coaching, planning the 8th grade trip to Chicago, and volunteering at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, MO.