Departments & Staff


Jim Hieger

Jim Hieger, 314.989.7771

Mr. Jim Hieger began his Administrative Career at North Tech High School in 2014. Prior to serving as principal, Mr. Hieger spent six years as an Assistant Principal at North Tech, three years as an Area Coordinator, and six years as a special education teacher in the Hazelwood School District. He is most proud of increasing college credit classes and developing partnerships with industries, as well as adding clubs and activities for the students who attend North Tech. Mr. Hieger believes that North Tech provides incredible opportunities for students to prepare for college and careers.


Kevin Edson

Kevin Edson, 314.989.7605

Mr. Kevin Edson began working at North Tech High School as a Science Instructor in 2011. Prior to teaching at North Tech he taught in Buffalo, NY and New York City. After several years as a classroom instructor, TREND sponsor, and Varsity Baseball Coach at North Tech, Mr. Edson assumed the role of Assistant Principal in 2016. Mr. Edson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Binghamton University and his Master’s Degree in Information Science from the University of Albany. Mr. Edson also holds and Education Specialist Degree in School Administration from Lindenwood University.

Assistant Principal

Esthere Scott

Esthere Scott, 314.989.7608

Ms. Esthere Scott has worked for SSD for over 12 years. She began her education career as a Special Education teacher and later became an Administrative Intern for SSD. She began working as the Assistant Principal at North Tech in the 14-15 school year. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from Harris-Stowe State University. Later, she earned two Master’s Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration. Ms. Scott also earned an Education Specialist’s Degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University.

“I am honored to work in technical education and effectively aid in growing young adults for college and career readiness.” – Esthere Scott

Assistant Principal

Ronda Wallace

Ronda Wallace, 314.989.7604

Dr. Ronda Wallace has 18 years of educational experience at all levels. Dr. Wallace earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Texas Southern University, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University, an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University. Previously Dr. Wallace served as Assistant Principal at Normandy Middle School. Dr. Wallace is also the 2013 recipient of the Apple for The Teacher Award.

Assistant Principal

Kenedra Gibbons

Kenedra Gibbons, 314.989.7603

Ms. Kenedra Gibbons is a graduate from Hickey College and has worked for Special School District for over 27 years. She enjoys the opportunity to work with staff, parents and most of all the students.

Principal’s Secretary

Academic Staff

Cassandra Adams

Cassandra Adams, 314.989.7606

Ms. Cassandra Adams began working at North Tech as the Mathematics Instructor in 2013. Previously Ms. Adams worked as the Mathematics Teacher at Normandy High School and was also the Summer School Math Teacher at Hazelwood West High School. Ms. Adams has a BA in Mathematics from Grambling State University, a MA in Secondary Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a MA in Teaching from Webster University.

Algebra Two, College Prep Math

Alma Adkins

Alma Adkins, 314.989.7744

Mrs. Alma Adkins has worked for SSD since 2005, and teaches Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 at North Tech. Mrs. Adkins received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish K-12 from Lindenwood University.


John Blandford

John Blandford, 314.989.7670

Mr. John Blandford started working at North Tech in 2012 as a Special Education teacher. After obtaining his certification in music, he has started the music program at North Tech teaching Basic Music Theory and Choir. Mr. Blandford has a BA in Music from Webster University and a MA in Special Education from Fontbonne University. He also runs the after school band at North Tech.

Music Instructor & Special Education Staff

Yolanda Cousins

Yolanda Cousins, 314.989.7663

Ms. Yolanda R. Cousins began working at North Tech in 2016 and is the Vocation Rehabilitation Facilitator (VRF). Ms. Cousins earned a Bachelors Degree in Science at Missouri Baptist University, a Masers Degree in Special Education at UMSL and a Masters of Educations Administration from Lindenwood University. Prior to joining the Tech team, Ms. Cousins worked for Riverview School District as the Assistant Principal and Special School District as a Special Education Teacher.

Special Education Staff

Sandy Cowan

Sandy Cowan, 314.989.7719

Ms. Sandy Cowan has been with North Tech High School since 2000 and has a BA in Mathematics and a MAE in Secondary Math Education. Ms. Cowan is also an Adjunct Professor for Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis University, and STLCC.

Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics

John Diffley

John Diffley, 314.989.7778

Mr. John Diffley is currently the Personal Finance Instructor at North Tech and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education with Certification in Business Ed, Physical Ed, and Vocational Ed. Prior to joining the North Tech team, Mr. Diffley worked for the Mid-County YMCA where he oversaw the After-School Childcare and Day Camp Programs.

Personal Finance

Monica Feldman

Monica Feldman, 314.989.7656

Ms. Monica Feldman began working at North Tech High School in 2011 and teaches Chemistry and Concepts of Chemistry. Ms. Feldman has a B.A. in Chemistry from St. Louis University and a M.A. in Teaching from Lindenwood University. She is also the Senior Class Sponsor.

Science Instructor

JoAnn Fischer

JoAnne Fischer, 314.989.7732

Mrs. JoAnne Fischer has 15 years of teaching, coaching, and administration experience at various levels. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from William Woods University. Mrs. Fischer started her teaching and coaching career at Hazelwood Central High School. She then moved to Timberland High School, Winfield High School, and finally North Technical High School, where she has been for 5 years now. Mrs. Fischer is the Math Department Chair and is mathematically challenging the fine young minds of North Tech. Additionally, in her second years of serving as a Senior Co-Sponsor and Yearbook Co-Sponsor, she is making connections with students to better enhance their professional and creative skills.

Math Instructor

Craig Frazier

Craig Frazier, 314.989.7660

Mr. Craig Frazier began working at North Tech in 2015 as the Athletic Director. Prior to joining the Tech team, Mr. Fraizer worked as the Assistant Principal at another Special School District school, Southview. Mr. Frazier has a Master’s in Educational Administration from MoBap.

Athletic Director

Victor Hicks

Victor Hicks, 314.989.7684

Mr. Victor Hicks is a Social Studies instructor at North Tech High School. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Secondary Education. Mr. Hicks also earned a Master’s Degree in Historical Research from SIUE in 2012.

Social Studies

Shanae Jenkins

Shanae Jenkins, 314.989.7738

Ms. Shanae Jenkins began working for North Technical High School as a science instructor in 2016. Prior to joining the North Tech staff, Ms. Jenkins worked in the Hazelwood School district as a science teacher.


Angela Keyes

Angela Keyes, 314.989.7734

Ms. Angela Keyes began working for North Tech High School as the Science Instructor in 2015. Prior to joining the North Tech team, Ms. Keyes worked at Special Special District in the Homebound Department and taught science at Jennings High School. She also taught at the Challenger Learning Center.

Science Instructor

John Magee

John Magee, 314.989.7669

John Magee, B.S.M.E., M.B.A, has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and a Masters in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. After earning both, Mr. Magee fell in love with the passion, the kindness, and the curiosity of young people and started teaching high school. He has over 20 years of teaching experience in the St. Louis area and has also been fortunate enough to have taught 5 summers in Gulu, Uganda. Mr. Magee has also coached several high school sports, alongside his teaching work and was an assistant baseball coach at North Tech last year. Mr. Magee is really looking forward to teaching at North Tech for many years and knows that nothing is as much fun as working on math problems with his students.

Math Instructor

Phoebe Morgan

Phoebe Morgan, 314.989.7730

Ms. Phoebe Morgan began working at North Tech High School in 2011. Ms. Morgan has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education from Temple University.

Language Arts Instructor

Phil Patterson

Phil Patterson, 314.989.7736

Mr. Phil Patterson graduated with his undergraduate degree in Secondary English Education from Indiana University & Masters Degree in Secondary Administration from UMSL. Before working for SSD, Mr. Patterson worked at Riverview Gardens High School for 12 years. He has coached both boys and girls tennis and currently coaches girls tennis at North Tech.

Language Arts Instructor

Kim Pollihan

Kim Pollihan, 314.989.7724

Ms. Kim Pollihan has worked at North Tech High School since 1988. Throughout her 32 years in education, Ms. Pollihan has been an Assistant Principal and held multiple coaching positions in women’s basketball, women’s softball, women’s soccer and cheerleading.

Health Instructor

Tom Quinley

Tom Quinley, 314.989.7742

Mr. Tom Quinely began working for Special School District in 1997 and is currently a Social Studies instructor at North Tech High School. Mr. Quinley earned his Master’s Degree in Education from National Louis University, a Bachelor’s Degree in History from St. Louis University and also earned his Teaching Certification in Social Studies from UMSL.

Social Studies Instructor

Erica Robinson

Erica Robinson, 314.989.7720

Ms. Erica Robinson has worked for North Tech High School since 2014. Ms. Robinson grew up in St. Louis County and graduated from Hazelwood East. She has a Master’s of Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Fontbonne University. Prior to joining the North Tech team, Ms. Robinson worked as an instructor with the Hazelwood School District.

Language Arts Instructor

Alisa Schenck

Alisa Schenck, 314.989.7671

Ms. Alisa Schneck has a BA and and MA in Biology, and a BS in Secondary Education. She also has an EdS in Instructional Technology.

“Teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world because we get a chance to impact our youth, encourage them, and help guide them into adulthood”

Science Instructor, Chemisty and Honors Chemistry

Barbara Shipp

Barbara Shipp, 314.989.7600

Ms. Barbara Shipp has eleven years of teaching experience at the secondary level. She began working at North Technical High School as an Interventionist in 2016. Ms. Shipp earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting from Lindenwood University and a Master of Secondary Education with emphasis in Reading from UMSL-St. Louis.


Amy Shelton

Amy Shelton, 314.989.7725

Ms. Amy Shelton began teaching Lit/Comp II at North Tech High School in 2016. Before joining the North Tech team, Ms. Shelton taught in the Hazelwood School District for 16 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from UM St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Education from Southwestern Baptist University.

Language Arts

Jessica Warden

Jessica Warden, 314.989.7655

Mrs. Warden began working at North Tech in 2004. She has a Bachelors degree in English and Secondary Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Language Arts Instructor

Ryan Weber

Ryan Weber, 314.989.7733

Mr. Weber has a bachelor’s degree in history from Truman State University, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and a master’s degree in Education Administration from Southwest Baptist University. He has spent his entire teaching career at North Tech where he has enjoyed being a Renaissance sponsor, assistant baseball coach, and A+ coordinator. During his time at North Tech Mr. Weber has been most passionate about preparing students for the rigor of post-secondary education and careers.

Social Studies Instructor

Cherae West

Cherae West, 314.989.7741

As a science teacher of 10 plus years it gives my uncompromising view that all students possess the capacity to learn, given strong and effective curriculum to drive instruction and a positive learning environment that welcomes exploration and enhances student confidence. It is my belief that an educator’s mission is to inspire and simultaneously challenge students to continue their thirst for knowledge in a school setting.

Science Instructor

Jessica Wilkinson

Jessica Wilkinson, 314.989.7722

Ms. Jessica Wilkinson began working at North Tech High School in 2014 as a Secondary Art Instructor and was also the Head Coach for the girls Volleyball Team. Prior to joining the North Tech team, Ms. Wilkinson was an ABA Paraprofessional for SSD at Litzsinger School. She graduated from Lindenwood University in 2009 with a Bachelors in Art Education.


Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson, 314.989.7648

Mrs. Julie Wilson began working at North Tech High School in 2012 and previously worked as a math instructor at St. Louis Community at Meramec. Ms. Wilson has an Associates Degree and a Teaching Degree from Harris-Stowe State University.

Math Instructor

Kim Willy

Kim Willy, 314.989.7461

Ms. Willy has been a physical educator for almost 25 years and has had the privilege of teaching North Tech students for 20 of those years. Prior to teaching at Tech, Ms. Willy earned her Bachelor”s degree from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL and a Masters degree at National Louis University, Chicago, IL. Ms. Willy has coached softball, and track, and while at North Tech has coached volleyball and is currently the junior class sponsor.

Physical Education

Admissions Department

Cher'ron Jones

Cher’ron Jones, 314.989.7701

Ms. Cher’ron Jones began working for North Tech High School as an Admissions Representative in 2013. While working as a college recruiter, she earned her Masters of Education and soon after began working as an academic advisor in the higher education setting. Ms. Jones achieved her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Middle Tennessee State University.

Admission Representative

Rich Kantner

Rich Kantner, 314.989.7690

Mr. Rich Kanter has been with North Tech High School since 2006. Prior to becoming an Admissions Representative, Mr. Katner also the Athletic Director and Coach. Mr. Katner has a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Physical Education and Driver Education.

Admissions Representative

Omar Perkins

Omar Perkins, 314.989.7748

Mr. Omar Perkins began employment with SSD and North Tech High School in 2014 as an Admissions Representative. Mr Perkins has over 15 years experience in recruiting, working for some of the largest non-for profit and for profit organizations. While at MERS/Goodwill, he was head of the “Out of State Youth Program” where taught Job Readiness Training and Life skills. While at DESI he recruited for Job Corps and many other government funded program/agencies and also did Job Retention. Mr Perkins has his B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Public Administration from Kentucky State University.

Admissions Representative

Chantal Chandler

Chantal Chandler, 314.989.7735

Ms. Chantal Chandler currently serves as North and South Tech’s Strategic Outreach and Communications Coordinator. She began working for the schools in 2006 and has a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s in Communications.

“Helping students discover and explore careers that interest and inspire them is rewarding work and I am proud of the work we do at North and South Tech.”

Strategic Outreach

Advanced Manufacturing

Brett Smith

Brett Smith, 314.989.7649

Mr. Smith has been the Instructor for Precision Machining at North Tech since 2001. After graduation from Ranken with an Associate of Science in Precision Machining Technology, Brett began working as a Tool and Diemaker apprentice at Ehrhardt Tool & Machine where he completed his apprenticeship and became a journeyman. As well as the Associate of Science degree, he also has an Associate of Arts degree from Southwestern Illinois College.

Precision Machining

Jim Sheppard

Jim Sheppard, 314.989.7662

Mr. Jim Sheppard has worked in the Advanced Manufacturing field for many years. Before joining the North Tech team, Mr. Sheppard owned and operated Machine Company, which specialized in building custom machinery. Employees were skilled in Machining, Welding and Fabrication.


Construction Innovations & Advanced Construction

Matthew Adams

Matthew Adams, 314.989.7658

Mr. Adams graduated from the HVAC program and began teaching the class in 2016. Prior to working for Special School District, Matt worked for Unique Heating and Cooling and Farm Dairy Refrigeration.


Richard Fenoglio

Richard Fenoglio, 314.989.7634

Mr. Richard Fenoglio began his teaching career with North Tech High School in 2004 as the Electrical Trades teacher. Prior to joining the Tech team, Mr. Fenoglio worked for Guarantee Electrical Company, JF Electric, and MC Electric with IBEW local 309.

Electrical Trades

Josh Galati

Josh Galati, 314.989.7653

Mr. Joshua Galati has been in the Construction, Manufacturing, and Production industries for many years and has worked with many companies including; TransCannada, BW Brown Construction, and Glaziers Midwest. Mr. Galati began working at North Tech High School in 2010 and is currently the Production Engineering Instructor. Mr. Galati has a degree in Secondary Education Social Sciences from UMSL and is currently working on his Masters in Secondary Administration at University of Central Missouri. Mr. Galati is also the head coach for girl’s volleyball at North Tech.

Outdoor Construction Technology

Pat Hannekan

Pat Hanneken, 314.989.7635

Mr. Pat Hanneken has been in the Construction Trades industry for many years and has worked with many companies including; Hudson Mechanical, Brown Group, and Gundaker Commercial. Mr. Hanneken began working at North Tech High School as a Teacher Assistant in 2000 and is currently the Construction Trades Instructor. Pat is also the head soccer coach for both boys and girls soccer at North Tech.

Construction Trades

Byron Lane

Byron Lane, 314.989.7650

Mr. Byron Lane began working for Special School District at South Tech High School in 1999 and transferred to North Tech in 2008. After graduating O’Fallon Technical High School, Mr. Lane joined the Carpenters Union and worked as a union carpenter for 11 years.


Guidance Department

Jeff Chandler

Jeff Chandler, 314.989.7609

Mr. Chandler began his career with children and families in 1991 at Marygrove Children’s Center in Hazelwood, Mo. While earning his Master’s Degree and working for the State of Missouri, Mr. Chandler decided to pursue certification and employment in School Counseling. For six years he worked for the St. Louis Public Schools, followed by one year at Riverview Gardens High School and the last thirteen years at North Technical High School.

College and Career/Lead Counselor

Dee Jones

Dee Jones, 314.989.7672

Ms. Jones joined the North Tech family during the 2013/2014 school year as the sophomore counselor.

CAE Counselor

Melissa Merry

Melissa Merry, 314.989.7610

Ms. Melissa Merry has a MA in Professional & School Counseling from Lindenwood University. She worked at the Division of Family Services and Vocational Rehabilitation before coming to work at North Technical High School.


Davina Reid

Davina Reid, 314.989.7611

Ms. Davina Reid graduated from Tennessee State University in 1997. She went on to receive a Master’s in Education in the area of Secondary School Counseling in 2004. Prior to becoming a counselor at North Technical High School, she served 7 years with St Louis Public Schools, 5 years as a teacher and 2 years as a counselor.


Human Services

Claudia Boyd

Claudia Boyd, 314.989.7747

Ms. Claudia Boyd has been with North Tech High School since 2000. Along with being the Cosmetology instructor she also is the SkillsUSA Advisor. In addition to working on the Teach team, Ms. Boyd is the owner of Claudia’s N2 Hair Beauty Salon and brings over 30 years of cosmetology experience to Tech.


Jennifer Burns

Jennifer Burns, 314.989.7617

I have been a cosmetology instructor at North Tech for three years now. I have been in the beauty industry for over 20! Through out my years, I have motivated, mentored, trained and managed future and licensed cosmetologist to become successful within our industry. I have a true passion for the beauty industry and I love being able to share my knowledge and experience with my students.


Wayne Gerler

Wayne Gerler, 314.989.7726

I earned my BSBA from the University of Missouri St. Louis in 1983. I began my food service career as a General Manager for Casa Gallardo for ten years, then with Cracker Barrel for 19+ years. After 30 years of dedication to the industry but requiring working every weekend and holiday, I found a more family-friendly, but rewarding career in teaching. I spent my first year as a teacher assistant\substitute teacher. I now have four years of teaching culinary arts experience.

Culinary Arts

Janiece Love

Janiece Love, 314.989.7693

Prior to joining the North Tech team, Ms. Janiece Love owned her own catering business, “Catering With Love”. Ms. Love began working for Special School District in 1991 as a Teachers Assistant and was hired as the Culinary Arts Instructor in 2011.

Culinary Arts

Toby Starns

Toby Starns, 314.989.7702

Mr. Toby Starns began his hospitality journey as a dishwasher at the age of 15 in a little mom and pop Greek diner. Mr. Starns continued to work in the industry until he graduated high school and joined the Air Force. After completing his enlistment, he came back to industry where he continued his education along with learning different aspects of the business and soon found myself with opportunities in both, front and back of the house management. Mr. Starns joined the North Tech team in 2010 with over 18 years of hospitality experience.

Culinary Arts

Nancy Rebar

Nancy Rebar, 314.989.7616

Ms. Nancy Rebar began working at North Tech High School in 2000. Ms. Rebar has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family & Consumer Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Early Childhood Education – Instructor

Diana Unger

Diana Unger, 314.989.7616

Prior to joining the North Tech Team, Ms. Diana Unger was a teacher/Center Coordinator for Head Start Early Childcare. Ms. Unger has a Master’s Degree in Education.

Early Childhood Education – Instructor

Catherine Urban

Cahterine Urban, 314.989.7689

Ms. Catherine Urban was hired by SSD in 1998 at Ackerman School and in 1999 she joined the North Tech team. Ms. Urban has been in the Early Childhood Education field for 20 plus years. She received her Associates of Applied Science in Child Care Education from Florissant Valley Community College.

Early Childhood Education – Teacher Assistant

Shan Oliver

Shan Oliver, 314.989.7694

Shan Oliver is the Fashion Design instructor at North Tech High School. This is his second year teaching at North Tech High school. Shan has worked in the Fashion industry over 15 years. He has studied Fashion Design under the leadership of Jay Singleton at Washington University where he was molded into running a fashion business under “Shan Keith Designs”. Shan was also a finalist on Project Runway, Under the Gunn in 2014. He hopes to motivate and led students into obtaining successful careers in the fashion industry.

Fashion Design

Information Technology & Graphic Communications

David Bohannan

David Bohannan, 314.989.7638

Prior to joining the North Tech team in 2001, Mr. David Bohannan worked for The Hughes Group as the Art Director and also worked as a freelance design/illustrator. Mr. Bohanna has a Associates of Arts Degree in Advertising from St. Louis Community College.

Graphic Design

Jim Elkins

Jim Elkins, 314.989.7626

Prior to joining the North Tech Team, Mr. Jim Elkins spent 8 years as the Technology Coordinator and instructor in Illinois. Mr. Elkin helped the school district he worked in become only the fifth in the state to have Internet access in every classroom K-12. He has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Illinois State University.

CISCO Networking Academy

Ida Lambert

Ida Lambert, 314.989.7772

Ms. Ida Lambert began working at North tech in 1998. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a MBA from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. In 2004, Ms. Lambert was the National Semi-Finalist in the Nasdaq National Teaching Award for her winning lesson plan “Smart Moves” designed to bring economic thinking and decision making into the classroom.

Information Technology and Graphics

Chris Palladino

Chris Palladino, 314.989.7675

Mr. Palladino began working at North Tech High in 2016 as the teacher of the International Hotel Group Academy Program. Prior to joining North Tech Mr. Palladino had worked for Hyatt Hotels for approximately 10 years in cities such as Chicago, Louisville, and St. Louis. Mr. Palladino has a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. in Hospitality Administration from Roosevelt University.

Hospitality & Hotel Management

Joyce Dent

Joyce Dent, 314.989.7642

Prior to joining the North Tech team, Ms. Joyce Dent worked in the Printing Technology field as a Quality Control Inspector, Press Operator, and Data Control Operator among other things. Ms. Dent has an AAS Degree in Math and another Degree in Graphic Communication.

Graphic Production & Printing

Medical & Animal Sciences

Marisa Trice

Marisa Trice, 314.989.7632

Ms. Melissa Trice has been in the medical field for over twenty years. She is a RN with a BSN. Prior to joining the North Tech team, Ms. Trice worked in hospitals, dialysis centers, outpatient centers, LTC facilities, physician offices, etc.

Pre Professional Health Science Academy

Sara Albers

Sara Albers, 314.989.7705

Ms. Sara Albers earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri graduating in 1982 with honors. Prior to teaching here at North Tech I was a Nurse Manager for a Skilled Nursing Unit in an acute care facility. Ms. Albers also worked for many years in Intensive Care Units and Operating Rooms.

Health Sciences

Ann Landram

Ann Landram, 314.989.7721

In her 38 years as a RN, Ms. Landram has experienced everything from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has always has a passion for mentoring people new to the Health Care Field. Ms. Landram is a graduate of Maryville University.

Health Sciences

Marla Simmons

Marla Simmons, 314.989.7631

Ms. Marla Simmons has 27 years’ experience in the Health Sciences industry. Prior to joining North Tech in 2006 Ms. Simmons was Director of Health Services at a local St. Louis High School. Ms. Simmons has worked for various hospitals as an acute care nurse, case manager and patient access nurse. Ms. Simmons received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Webster University.

Health Sciences

Eric McMullen

Eric McMullen, 314.989.7698

Mr. Eric McMullen has a Bachelor’s in Biology from St. Louis University, an Associates in Veterinary Technology – Registered Veterinary Technician, and a Master’s in Secondary Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Mr. McMullen went into education because he felt it was the most gratifying career in the world.

Veterinary Assistant

Public Safety

Clarence Hines

Clarence Hines, 314.989.7622

Mr. Clarence Hines joined the SSD family in 2012 after he retirement from The St. Louis Police Department, where he retired as a Detective Sergeant. While on the police department, Mr. Hines worked primarily undercover narcotics and as an Academy Instructor. During his tenure, he was awarded 15 Commander’s Letters of Commendation for Excellence in Law Enforcement. Mr. Hines has a BA in Behavioral Science and Masters Degree in Theological Studies.

Law Enforcement & Homeland Security

Anthony Rezek

Anthony Rezek, 314.989.7625

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Fire Fighting & Emergency Medical Technician

Sophomore Career Exploration

Andee Champion

Andee Champion, 314.989.7699

Ms. Champion joined North Tech in 2008 as the fashion design instructor. After eight years of fittings and fashion shows, she transferred to the Career Exploration program where she enjoys introducing sophomores to the Law Enforcement, Early Childcare, Cosmetology and Fashion Design shops. She is a graduate of Stephens College.

Human Services

Earlene Hicks

Earlene Hicks, 314.989.7774

Ms. Earlene Hicks is a Licensed Practical Nurse who began her career in healthcare in 1996. After working as an LPN, Ms. Hicks decided she wanted to be an educator and in 2009 returned to school to study Special Education. Ms. Hicks joined the North Tech team in 2012 and is currently on the Building Leadership Team, PBIS Committee and works with the Staff Wellness Committee.

Human Services

Dressel Huston

Drussel Huston, 314.989.7645

Prior to joining the North Tech Team, Mr. Drussel Huston was a TV Cameraman and Engineer for Discovery TV of Grenada, West Indies. He was also an On Air Personality for KIRL 1460 Am Radio. Mr. Huston has a BS in Electrical and Electronic Technology and an AS in Broadcast Engineering.


George Merritt

George Merritt, 314.989.7644

Prior to joining the North Tech Team, Mr. George Merritt worked at General Electric as an Electrician for over 18 years. He graduated Ranken College and earned a degree in Instrumentation process and Industrial Electricity.


Dave Raymond

Dave Raymond, 314.989.7651

Mr. Dave Raymond began working at North Tech High School in 1994. Prior to joining the Tech Team, Mr. Raymond was a part time instructor at Lewis & Clark Community College, Ranken Tech, and STLCC. Mr. Raymond has an AAS in Diesel Engine Technology, an AAS in Automotive Technology and a BS in Force Management with a specialty in Curriculum Design & Course Development SIU Carbondale.


Jeanne Robinson

Jeanne Robinson, 314.989.7651

Ms. Jeanne Robinson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from University of Missouri with Certification in Business Ed and Vocational Ed and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Columbia College, Columbia, MO. She also has a Master’s Degree in Information Technology. Prior to joining the North Tech Team, Ms. Robinson worked as the Administrative Assistance to the Director of Logistics for the U.S. Army Aviation and Troop Command.


Ted Stanfield

Ted Stanfield, 314.989.7643

Although Ted has been working at SSD for nearly 30 years, he says he ended up here by “accident.” Ted lost the use of his legs due to a degenerative back condition back in 1985, which ended his career as a machinist. After extensive rehabilitation and some valuable advice that he would be good working with kids, Ted started back to work as a substitute teacher. Soon after, Ted was hired as a full-time paraprofessional and began teaching about 8 years ago. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2004 and is currently working on his master’s degree.



Jason Buchheit

Jason Buchheit, 314.989.7624

Mr. Jason Buchheit began working as the Auto Body Instructor at North Tech High School in 2016. After graduating from Perryville High School in 2000, Mr. Buchheit furthered his education, in Auto Collision, at Universal Technical Institute in Houston Texas. Jason has a Certification in Auto Collision and is also I-Car Certified in Aluminum and Steel Welding. Prior to joining the North Tech Team, Jason taught Auto Collision Repair at Cape Career.

Auto Body

James Koch

James Koch, 314.989.7646

Mr. Koch began working as the Auto Tech Instructor at North Tech High School in 2004. He is Certified as a Master Technician, Mantenance and Light Repar Technician and Parts Specialist. Mr. Koch enjoys keepinjg current on new automotive technology by attending 2-3 training programs per year.

Automotive Technology

Dave Raymond

Dave Raymond, 314.989.7628

Mr. Dave Raymond began working at North Tech High School in 1994. Prior to joining the Tech Team, Mr. Raymond was a part time instructor at Lewis & Clark Community College, Ranken Tech, and STLCC. Mr. Raymond has an AAS in Diesel Engine Technology, an AAS in Automotive Technology and a BS in Force Management with a specialty in Curriculum Design & Course Development SIU Carbondale.

Automotive Technology

Benn Duvall

Benn Duvall, 314.989.7629

Mr. Benn Duvall has been an Instructor at North Tech High School since 2007. Mr. Duvall completed Graduate School through International Truck and has an Automotive/Diesel Degree from Universal Technical Institute.

Diesel Technology

Staff & Personnel

Blake Berigan

Blake Berigan, 314.989.7600

Mr. Blake Berigan previously mentored the North Tech Robotics team as a volunteer through FIRST Robotics, which helped the team receive the “All-Star Rookie of the Year Award,” as well as compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championships, which was held at the Edward Jones Dome. While robotics is a passion of his, he remains diverse in his studies. Mr. Berigan has an Associate of Arts degree from St. Louis Community College, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Missouri- St. Louis (class of 2016). Mr. Berigan is currently working to further develop the robotics program at North Tech and increase the resources available to students. He is also currently a full-time student at UMSL, working on his Master’s of Business Administration.

Teacher Assistant

Heidi Binggeli

Heidi Binggeli, 314.989.7582

Ms. Heidi Binggeli serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator for both North and South Tech. She assists our instructors with integrating varied applications of technology into their instructional practice. Prior to this position, she taught in North Tech’s Social Studies Department for four years. Ms. Binggeli holds a B.A. in Sociology, an M.A. in Sociology, certifications in Secondary Social Studies and Special Education, and is a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Ms. Binggeli is also proud to coach the North Tech QuizBowl Team.

Technology Facilitator

Byron Devrouax

Byron Devrouax, 314.989.7600

Mr. Byron Devrouax holds a Master’s in Criminal Justice and Master’s in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Missouri. Mr. Devrouax started his career working with adolescents and families within the child welfare/foster care system (at-risk population). He has an abundance of experience working with families/adolescents within the court system, hospital and school settings. He is certified/trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive therapy and the Wraparound Philosophy. Prior to joining the North Tech team, Mr. Devrouax worked as a School Based Clinical Supervisor in St. Louis.

Social Worker

Amanda Edwards

Amanda Edwards, 314.989.7680

Ms. Amanda Edwards came to North Tech in 2011 from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation where she worked with Deaf/Hard of Hearing adults and later worked with students in the SSD Transition Program. Ms. Edwards earned her B.A. from Hendrix College and her M.ED in Deaf Rehabilitation from the University of Arkansas. She later attended Missouri Baptist University and earned her Psychological Examiner Certification. Currently, she serves as the Assessment Facilitator and A+ Coordinator for North Technical HS.

Assessment Facilitator/A+ Coordinator

Carol Fuqua

Carol Fuqua, 314.989.7600

Ms. Carol Fuqua has been a support staff member at North Tech High School since 1996. Ms. Fuqua has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Psychology.

“I enjoy working with the students and being able to assist in any capacity that is needed.” – Ms. Carol Fuqua

Teacher Assistant

Susan Gummersbach

Susan Gummersbach, 314.989.7409

Ms. Susan Gummersbach has been with Special School District for 28 years. Of those years, 24 were spent teaching science in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Forenics, Honors Microbiology, 1818 Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology. Presently, she is assisting students in the core curriculum of Keytrain, an ACT program. Other activities and boards Ms. Gummersbach has actively participated in have been Skills USA for 14 years, Friends of Kids with Cancer and the Dwight David Eisenhower Math and Science. Ms. Susan’s undergraduate degrees are: History/Political Science and Science/Education (Maryville University) Masters in Science (Webster University); Post Graduate in genetics at Johns-Hopkins University and UCLA.

ISS / Key Train Facilitator

Kellian Hanks

Kellian Hanks, 314.989.7600

Ms. Kellian Hanks is currently the Financial Secretary and Director of Ladies of Elegance at North Tech. Ms. Hanks is a North Tech Alumna and has worked for Special School District for over a decade. Ms. Hanks has a BA Degree from Harris-Stowe State University and a Master’s in Secondary School Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Financial Secretary

Karen Kitchen

Karen Kitchen, 314.989.7614

Ms. Karen Kitchen has been in the Nursing field for 23 years and began working at North Tech in 2008. Prior to joining the Tech team, Ms. Kitchen worked in several different areas of nursing including ICU, oncology and GI. Ms. Kitchen received her nursing license from Lutheran School of Nursing and also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Shippensburg University.


Tom Petrus

Tom Petrus, 314.989.7620

Mr. Tom Petrus is a St. Louis County Police Officer assigned as the School Resource Officer at North Tech High School. Mr. Peturs has been a Police Officer for 26 years with St. Louis County and has served in many different positions during his career. Tom has been in the North County Precinct for 24 of his 26 years. He was a Burglary Detective for 9 years and a Homocide Detective with the Major Case Squad for 8 years. Mr. Petrus received a B.S. from UMSL in the Administartion of Justice Field and a minor in Psychology.

Resource Officer

Greg Sadler

Greg Sadler, 314.989.7776

Mr. Greg Sadler began working for North Tech in 2006. Prior to joining the Tech team, Mr. Sadler was a Social Studies teacher and is now the Library Media Specialist. Mr. Sadler has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Southeast Missouri State University and a Teaching certificate from the University of Missouri.


Mary Schmidt

Mary Schmidt, 314.989.7640

Ms. Mary Schmidt has been with Special School District for almost a decade. Ms. Schmidt starting with the District working in the Purchasing Department then joined the North Tech team as the Registrar.


Krista Sherman

Krista Sherman, 314.989.7615

Ms. Krista Sherman has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Missouri. Ms. Sherman started her career working with adolescents and families in an inpatient psychiatric hospital and residential treatment center before moving into education as a school social worker.

Social Worker

Lyric Smith

Lyric Smith, 314.989.7718

Ms. Lyric Smith has been employed at North Tech since 2006.

Security Desk

A.J. Waide

A.J. Waide, 314.989.7602

As the child of educators, I guess I was destined to work in the education world. I grew up in and around schools, so working in a school feels very comfortable for me. I enjoy the energy and fast paced environment, and I love helping our students achieve their goals.


Barbara Williams

Barbara Williams, 314.989.7612

Ms. Barbara Williams has worked with Special School District for over 27 years. Ms. Williams has worked approximately 15 years with the Transportation/Routing Department helping new and returning students with their transportation. Ms. Williams’s main responsibility is AdminISM, she also takes and print student and staff pictures for their school ID.

“I really enjoy working with our excellent staff and students.” – Ms. Barbara Williams


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Special School District does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation against an individual based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, ancestry, disability, veteran status, age, or activity protected by federal or state law in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Direct inquiries and complaints under this policy to Special School District’s Director – Compliance Liaison, 12110 Clayton Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63131, telephone (314) 989-8100 or to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, One Petticoat Lane, 1010 Walnut Street, 3rd Floor, Suite 320, Kansas City, Missouri 64106, telephone (816) 268-0550, fax (816) 268-0599, TDD (800) 877-8339, email OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov Information about the existence and location of services, activities, and facilities accessible to impaired persons can be obtained from the Special School District’s Director – Compliance Liaison at the phone number and address listed above.