Meet the Turtle Room Teachers

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Ms. Kayla, Co-Lead Teacher

My name is Kayla Mahoney, and I am proud to be a Kirkwood Early Childhood Turtle!!  I am from St. Louis, received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a minor in women’s studies from Webster University.

I have a true passion for working with our youngest learners and love watching them grow.  I strive to create a community of learners that nurtures their growth in a positive, fun environment. 

In my spare time, I enjoy visiting coffee shops, going hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Ms. Emily, Co-Lead Teacher

Hi! My name is Emily Schiller. I am a dual certified teacher, in early childhood education and elementary education. I hold my bachelor’s degree from UMSL in Elementary Education.

In 2015, I joined KECC and worked for Kirkwood School District before that as a TA.  I have taught in the Penguin and Bunny rooms, and I was a flexible staff member before joing the Turtles!

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, gardening, and going to Bull Shoals Lake with my husband and dog.

I firmly believe that all children learn differently and at their own pace. I look forward to getting to know your family and getting to teach your child!

We will have an amazing year in the Turtle room! 

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Ms. Michele, Flexible Classroom Educator

Hi! I’m Michele Loehr and have been involved in the Education field since 1989.

I have worked in various licenced childcare facilities, volunteering at various events such as PTO Boards, book fairs, helping in classrooms and tutoring kiddos.

I completed 3.5 years towards an Early Childhood BA and then graduated with a BA in Psychology.  I also have a Masters in Education in K-12 School Counseling and Professional Counseling.