Faculty, Staff and Board

Administration

Mrs. Katy McKinney

Founder/Head of School

Mrs. Katy McKinney

B.A., Business Administration, Principia College
Education, Chapman University

Mrs. Katy McKinney is the Founder and President of Lafayette Academy and serves as the visionary for the school. Mrs. McKinney has been passionate about education and teaching ever since she was a child. However, in 2011 she and her husband rediscovered their love of history, specifically American history, when they attended a lecture given about our founding fathers. It was then that they realized how much of their American and world history they were never taught. They committed themselves to learning as much as they could about our history and vowed their children would have a different experience.

To that end, McKinney founded and became the Head of School for what was then called Classical Academy de Lafayette (CAL) in December 2016. Her goal: to offer an exceptional classical education— focused on great books, the western tradition, and the timeless principles that founded this country— not only for her three children but for as many children and adults as would be interested. In May of 2023, her role shifted to Founder and President as a new Head of School was hired to support her and the continued growth of the school.

Mrs. McKinney is passionate about all things “education” and has found herself in some form of teaching over the last 20 years. Having taught elementary and middle education in San Diego, CA, Albuquerque, NM and St. Louis, MO, she is an experienced leader, educator and businesswoman with degrees in Elementary Education and in Business Administration. She has also founded and directed a pre-school, developed curriculum for elementary schools, and home schooled her own children. Before they were parents, she and her husband were the owners/brokers in a successful real estate investment and management start-up.

Mrs. McKinney lives in Foristell, Missouri, with her husband, Justin, and three children, who all attend Lafayette Academy. In their free time, she and her family enjoy learning more about their American and world history and then traveling to see it for themselves. They’ve visited places like Trenton, NJ, Gettysburg, PA, and Rome, Italy to name a few. When home, Mrs. McKinney, her husband and their three children love to spend time together shooting trap, fishing in their lake, reading books, watching quality movies, playing cards, and playing with their Rhodesian Ridgeback, Locke (named after John Locke).

Mrs. Karen Coolidge

Business Manager

Mrs. Karen Cooldige

Mrs. Karen Coolidge serves as the Business Manager for Lafayette Academy. Mrs. Coolidge has spent most of her career managing Business and HR departments and is excited to join the great team at Lafayette! Although she tends to spend most of her time working, she loves swimming and hanging out with her Jackshund. Mrs. Coolidge grew up in St. Louis and she and her husband have two grown children, one on the west coast and one finishing college in upstate New York.

Mrs. Jessica Goertz

Admissions Director

Mrs. Jessica Goertz

Mrs. Jessica Goertz has worked with Lafayette Academy since the school’s founding and continues to serve as the Admissions Director. A Missouri native, Jessica Goertz received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Columbia College. As the Admissions Director, she plays a crucial role in the recruitment of new students and supporting new families through the admissions process.

Mrs. Goertz is married with three children, and she divides her weekends between excursions to the lake, and shuttling children to the hockey rink, volleyball court, and softball fields! The Goertz family are very much the active type; they enjoy camping, kayaking, and vertical caving together, and raise chickens and rabbits on their property in Defiance.

Mrs. Goertz loves her job with Lafayette Academy. Though she is often deep-entrenched in the administrative workings, her focus is on the mission of the school. The best part of the job, she says, is watching the students grow in their education! Mrs. Goertz loves getting the chance to host admissions visits and introduce more families to what Lafayette Academy is all about.

Mrs. Cyndi Duggan

Activities Director & Math Chair

Mrs. Cyndi Duggan

B.S., Education, Truman State University
Master’s, Walden University

Cyndi Duggan is excited to begin another year leading Lafayette Academy as the Student/Faculty Activities Director, Math Chairman, and Math Teacher, allowing her to work with all of Lafayette’s students and staff in many aspects throughout the year.

Before joining the Lafayette Academy staff, Mrs. Duggan was an eighth-grade mathematics teacher for twenty-nine years at Fort Zumwalt South Middle School. During the last eight years she was also the Mathematics Department Chair at her school where she coordinated the department’s activities. Throughout Mrs. Duggan’s career she has been actively involved with the school district’s mathematics curriculum revisions and implementation. For many years she was the Co-Sponsor of the Student of the Week Program and the Chess Club Sponsor. As a trained mentor, Mrs. Duggan coached new math teachers in their early years of teaching. In 2017, she was selected and attended Missouri DESE State Exam Writing for the Algebra I End-of-Course Exam.

Mrs. Duggan’s passion for excellence in education continues to grow deeper throughout her teaching career. Her priority is to deliver the best education she can to each of her students, by presenting quality lessons with enthusiasm. Educating students includes expecting the best from each student in both academics as well as behavior.

Mrs. Duggan and her husband have two grown children, Jordan and Erika. Mr. and Mrs. Duggan love traveling, spending time with family and friends, and being part of the Lafayette community.

Ms. Elizabeth Offord

Curriculum Director/Literacy Specialist

Ms. Elizabeth Offord

Ms. Elizabeth Offord continues to serve as the Curriculum Director and Literacy Specialist at Lafayette Academy. It has been one of her greatest joys to discover classical education. Through teaching 2nd and 4th grade, she came to love teaching reading and spelling to all ages. That led Ms. Offord to start her own company in which she trains teachers across the country and even wrote her own materials for supporting older students in their literacy journey. She has worked with 3-year-olds through 70-year-olds and strongly believes that it’s never too early or too late to begin a deep love for words! When she is not teaching or coaching teachers, she loves to read the classics, write stories, watercolor, and do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Mrs. Beth Carr

Marketing Coordinator

Mrs. Beth Carr

Mrs. Beth Carr is thrilled to serve Lafayette Academy as the Marketing Coordinator. Mrs. Carr comes from a background in Recreation and Event Management as well as Art and Design. After working for a local municipal parks department for many years, she felt that she was being called towards a role where she can use her creativity to tell stories, share information, plan events, and help grow organizations which she is passionate about through marketing. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration as well as Certificates in both Electronic Art and Publishing, Digital Media. She also holds certifications in many areas of Digital Marketing and is currently working towards a Certificate from UMSL in Web Design. Before joining the team at Lafayette Academy, she spent several years as the Marketing Coordinator for one of the largest real estate teams in St. Charles County. Her two girls have attended Lafayette Academy since February 2021 and she was deeply involved as a volunteer and parent ambassador during that time.

Mrs. Carr is an avid St. Louis Blues hockey fan and enjoys spending time at the pool with her husband and two girls, where you can find her most of the summer!  She also runs her own design business part-time. She is thrilled to be working to help grow and spread the mission of the school far and wide.

Mrs. Morgan Haentzler

Receptionist

Mrs. Morgan Haentzler

Mrs. Morgan Haentzler joins the Lafayette Academy team as our new Receptionist. You can find her welcoming you as soon as you enter our doors!

Mrs. Haentzler earned her Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language as well as a Master of Science in Athletic Administration, both from William Woods University. Not only did Mrs. Haentzler play collegiate softball, she went on to coach softball at the collegiate level for four years, fostering teamwork and leadership skills among her athletes. Prior to joining Lafayette Academy, Mrs. Haentzler contributed her talents to the field of administration in a Chiropractic office.

Mrs. Haentzler and her husband have one child. In her free time, Mrs. Haenztler and her family enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and experiencing all things nature.

Faculty

Mrs. Donna Block

Kindergarten

Mrs. Donna Block

Mrs. Donna Block has been an elementary educator her entire career. Originally from Webb City, Missouri, she graduated from Mizzou. She taught in four states across six school districts, her longest tenure in Michigan. She taught various elementary grades, though she focused primarily on Kindergarten and First Grade. She served as an elementary principal for several years before returning to her home state upon retirement.

She is also the proud parent of a son who attended Hillsdale College. When she learned of a local Hillsdale K-12 school, her interest was immediately piqued. After meeting Mrs. McKinney during a school visit in spring 2023, she was thrilled to be offered the Kindergarten position. She looks forward to collaborating with the team and engaging with the community to serve Lafayette students diligently. Mrs Block shared, “It is an honor to support the mission and vision of Lafayette Academy!”

Miss Grace Leonard

1st/2nd Grade & French

Miss Grace Leonard

B.A., History and French, minor in Classical Education, Hillsdale College

Grace Leonard graduated summa cum laude from Hillsdale College in 2020 with a double major in History and French, and a minor in Classical Education. In addition to completing her apprenticeship at the Hillsdale Academy, she volunteered with the Mary Proctor Randall Preschool and taught ESL online.

Miss Leonard grew up learning phonics and has trained under Dorothy Kardatzke (co-author of the Literacy Essentials program used by Lafayette Academy). She is excited to return to Lafayette this fall to continue to share her love of reading with the first and second graders, and her love of French with many of our high school students.

Mrs. Amy Coffelt

Art, 3rd Grade Literacy, & Math

Mrs. Amy Coffelt

Mrs. Amy Coffelt is thrilled to serve once again as Lafayette Academy’s art teacher. This year, she will also be taking on a new role teaching 3rd grade literacy as well as level 3 math. Mrs. Coffelt has a Bachelor of Science in education and a minor in art history from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She received an athletic scholarship for soccer in college, earning Big XII Academic 1st Team Honors.

Mrs. Coffelt taught as an art teacher (K-12) for six years and coached middle school soccer for three. Her passion lies with younger elementary students, and she is excited to serve Lafayette Academy in this way. Mrs. Coffelt has three children, two of which attend Lafayette Academy.

Mr. Philippe Duggan

3rd/4th Grade

Mr. Philippe Duggan

M.Ed, Special Education, University of Missouri – St. Louis
B.S., Special Education, Truman State University

Philippe Duggan is enthusiastic to continue as the 3rd/4th grade teacher at Lafayette Academy. Mr. Duggan is passionate about teaching and looks forward to having a classroom that has a community feel for his students to thrive in a positive, productive environment. His teaching style encompasses a high level of expectations for learning and behavior for all students.

Mr. Duggan graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Education from Truman State University and his Masters of Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He taught for eleven years in elementary schools as a Special Education teacher in the Fort Zumwalt School District. During that time, he was chosen as Teacher of the Year for his school.

Mr. Duggan is a native of North Wales. He is married to his wife, Cyndi, and they have two grown children. Mr. Duggan loves to be outdoors, working in his yard or maintaining his family’s land in the country. He also loves to spend time with his family, including being at baseball games, grilling for them, and traveling with them, especially for visits to Great Britain to see family and friends.

Mrs. Robin Munro

5th/6th Grade

Ms. Robin Munro

Robin Munro received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She then went on to receive her Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster University. Born and raised in south St. Louis County, she moved to St. Charles County in 1985.

She is now retired from Fort Zumwalt School District where she served as both teacher and Curriculum Coordinator. Ms. Munro spent 21 years teaching elementary school, 9 teaching middle school, and 6 years as a K-12 substitute. At Lafayette Academy, she continues to provide the gift of education to the 5th/6th grade class.

Ms. Munro has two adult sons and two special-needs rescue dogs. She loves to spend her time with friends and family, or volunteering. In addition to her vast teaching experience, she enjoys spending her time with needlework, reading, jigsaw puzzles, gardening, and cooking. Furthermore, she loves travel and adventure: exploring new restaurants and museums, and attending sporting events, concerts, and festivals.

Miss Mary Stirton

Middle School Grammar/Composition & Latin

Miss Mary Stirton

Ms. Mary Stirton returns this year to teach our Latin classes as well as Middle School Grammar. She graduated cum laude from Hillsdale College in 2021, where she received her BA in Latin. Ms. Stirton first realized her love of the Latin language in 8th grade, and has been interested in linguistics ever since. In addition to Latin, she has taken several years of Greek and German, the latter of which she is working towards fluency in.

During her time at Hillsdale College, Ms. Stirton served as the librarian for Hillsdale’s Classics Department and administered an extracurricular Latin-teaching program. Her additional interests include music, travel, and the outdoors. Miss Stirton’s free time is divided between reading, outdoor activities, learning guitar, and baking.

Mr. Grayson Gunn

High School Humanities, Geometry, & Electives

Mr. Grayson Gunn

Mr. Grayson Gunn serves as a leader for our high school program, guiding our upper school students through the humanities, geometry, and electives. He graduated from Ave Maria University with a BA in Theology and a Minor in Philosophy. He came to love teaching and connecting with young people through his role as the president of the youth ministry team at Ave Maria and his mission work through the Mother Teresa Scholars program, which included traveling to Calcutta to serve with the Missionaries of Charity. Mr. Gunn previously taught High School Theology and was thrilled to join the team at Lafayette Academy in the fall of 2022.

Mr. Gunn loves coffee, working out, spending time outdoors, and adding to his growing book collection. He enjoys playing many sports, especially baseball, which he played from age 7 through his high school years. Most of all, he loves spending time with his wife and baby girl.

Mr. John Schweizer

PE & Math

Mr. John Schweizer

BSBA, Washington University in St. Louis

Mr. John Schweizer will continue to lead our Physical Education program this school year, as well as various levels of math. He was the middle school and assistant varsity wrestling coach for Whitfield School from November, 2005 to February, 2015. During that time Mr. Schweizer assisted the program through five state titles, ten district titles, and three top-four team finishes. He has helped train numerous individual champions in the weight room and on the mat. Mr. Schweizer has also coached soccer at the middle-school level for Whitfield and the pre-school level as a coach for his son’s team.

Mr. Schweizer wrestled and played soccer in high school, earning state medals in both sports. He has recently competed in endurance events including the Halfmax at Innsbrook, MO, the 70.3 Ironman (half Ironman distance) in Seattle, and the Seattle Marathon.

Mr. Schweizer obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2017, and works as an independent contractor for LCI Investments, LLC, an investment advisor based out of Minnesota with an office in St. Louis. Furthermore, he operates a residential property management business, Confluence Property Management, LLC. He is also the proud father to four children who all attend Lafayette Academy.

Mr. Kevin Miller

Science & Math

Mr. Kevin Miller

B.S., Wildlife Biology, Missouri State University

Mr. Kevin Miller continues to serve Lafayette Academy as our K-12 Science teacher. It would be safe to say that Mr. Miller began his biology career at the age of ten, when he received his first fly rod. From that moment, his focus became very clear: learn everything there is to know about fish, and how to catch them.

Having graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Missouri State University, Mr. Miller has performed a wide range of positions within the biological field, from spending months at sea as a marine biologist, to guiding fly-fishing trips in Idaho during the summers, to his most recent career— before teaching— as an aquatic entomologist, where he became the lead of his team, researching everything from mayflies to midges to aquatic worms.

The passion to teach has always been at the forefront of Mr. Miller’s mind, and he is beyond joyful to lead to help students discover the joy of the natural world in his classes at Lafayette Academy. His interests include (mainly) his family, including his wife and children, gardening, fly fishing, and most obviously, everything science!

Mr. Thomas Robert

Music

Mr. Thomas Robert

Mr. Thomas Robert, (pronounced ‘Row-Bert) is excited to continue at Lafayette Academy as the K-8 Music teacher. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education, as well as K-12 Music Certification from Lindenwood University. He started playing guitar and piano at age 6, and by 11 was already playing professionally. Although he grew up playing in many Rock n’ Roll bands, Mr. Robert has fond memories of the years he spent in the music program at the Wright City School District. After graduating high school in 2016, he attended St. Charles Community College where he became their first student to graduate from the college with an Associate’s of Fine Arts in Music.

As a student, he performed with a variety of musical ensembles ranging from Marching Bands, A Cappella Choirs, Symphony Orchestras, and Big Jazz Bands. Currently, he performs with several local bands and occasionally works as a musician in several musicals around the state. In addition to teaching at the Lafayette Academy, Mr. Robert teaches private music lessons to students of all ages and instruments at Old Friends Vintage Guitars LLC., located in Wentzville, MO. Additionally, Mr. Robert enjoys serving as music director at New Creation Presbyterian Church. He would like to say a big thank you to all his mentors and teachers for their love and support throughout the years!

Adjunct

Mr. Keith Preston

Middle School History

Mr. Keith Preston

Mr. Preston has a BA from Principia College and a Master’s in teaching secondary social sciences from Webster University. He has spent much of his life as an educator focusing on U.S. History and Government. He taught high school social studies from 2002 – 2016 and we are honored to have him serve as our Middle School History teacher here at Lafayette Academy. For more than two decades, Mr. Preston has been a highly sought-after speaker, invited to address numerous educational clubs and events, including alumni gatherings and summer educational classes, where he has shared his expertise in the field of history. In addition to his outstanding career in education, Mr. Preston is also a Jay P. Walker Award for History recipient.

Mr.Preston’s interests include films, sports, 17 years of competitive swimming as a youth, and he is a lifelong lover of many kinds of music. Most curiously, he never seems to get bored. Mr. Preston’s grandaughter also attends Lafayette Academy.

Mr. Bill Marston

Precalculus/Trigonometry

Mr. Bill Marston

Bill Marston is a life-long resident of St. Louis. He graduated from Principia College in 1980 and earned his MAT in Secondary Education from Webster University. He joined the mathematics department at The Principia School, where he taught for 39 years, teaching all levels of math and computer science classes. He also coached the varsity baseball team for 30 years. After retiring from the Upper School in 2020, he taught calculus for one semester at Principia College. For the 23-24 school year, he is teaching a precalculus class at Lafayette Academy. Mr. Marston’s main goal in math education is to lead students to discover mathematical concepts and to see the beauty of mathematics; to cultivate in his students a mathematical wonder. Outside of the classroom, his main interests are volunteering at a local animal shelter and researching baseball history.

Advisory Board

Mitchell Clem

Advisory Board Member

Mitchell Clem

Mitchell Clem is a partner and principal consultant for SBS Creatix, a St. Louis-based information technology firm. Mr. Clem is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he received a BS in Business Administration. His experience includes positions as a business analyst, application developer, quality analyst, data architect, large project/program management, and in business development. Organizations Mr. Clem has been employed by or has executed projects for in a consultant role include Anheuser-Busch, Edward Jones, Washington University, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Agriculture, and Unisys and Boatman’s Trust, among others. He has also helped to found and grow two successful IT-related companies. Mr. Clem enjoys technology, is a passionate reader and life-long learner, and plays golf when time permits.

Richard Duree

Advisory Board Member

Richard Duree

A self-made entrepreneur, Rick Duree launched four successful businesses and had four kids by the time he was thirty. A professor of entrepreneurship, inspirational speaker, angel investor, missionary, TV producer, author, and mentor, he founded the Duree Center for Entrepreneurship at Lindenwood University to support creators as they ramp up their new startups. Mr. Duree is a visionary with extensive project creation and development experience, as well as a dedicated team builder. He serves as a Board Member for multiple non-profit organizations, helping them grow to serve their communities. He is a loving husband and father, a martial artist, a musician, a Mormon, an avid fantasy book reader, a St. Louis Cardinals fan, and a Certified BBQ Judge.

China Gorman

Advisory Board Member

China Gorman

China Gorman is a successful global business executive in the competitive Human Capital Management (HCM) sector. She is a sought-after advisor and speaker bringing the CEO perspective to the challenges of building cultures of humanity for top performance and innovation. Well known for her tenure as CEO of the Great Place to Work® Institute, COO and interim CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and President of Lee Hecht Harrison, China works with HCM organizations all over the world to enhance their brands and their go-to-market strategies. She sits on the corporate boards of Universum, and Motivis Learning, and chairs the Universum North America Advisory board. Additionally, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates as well as the Advisory Board of the Workforce Institute at Kronos. China is the author of the popular blog Data Point Tuesday, and is published and frequently quoted in media properties like Fortune, TLNT, Huffington Post, Inc., Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report, HR Magazine and many others.

china@chinagorman.com
www.chinagorman.com
@ChinaGorman

Brian Lunt

Advisory Board Member

Brian Lunt

Brian Lunt is the Founder and Chief Creative Strategist for Seed Level Creativity Lab. Seed Level specializes in helping small business owners and entrepreneurs better navigate their business in order to accelerate their journey towards an ideal life. Brian works with clients one-on-one as a Hill’s Angels coach under the guidance of his mentor, Dr. Tom Hill. He also operates as a contract facilitator for T.A.B. – The Alternative Board. Brian is the President of the Saint Louis Business Club which supports an integrated network of resources throughout the greater Saint Louis, MO metropolitan area where he hosts weekly and monthly masterminds on a variety of topics. Brian has been blessed to help countless people grow in their lives and businesses throughout the years. He lives in Kirkwood, MO and has three children.

Eric Maddox

Advisory Board Member

Eric Maddox

Upon graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1994, Eric Maddox joined the U.S. Army as an infantry paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne Division. After spending three years as an infantry paratrooper with a Ranger tab, Eric reenlisted as an interrogator and Chinese Mandarin linguist. Since 9/11, Eric has conducted over 2,700 interrogations while deploying eight times in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) to include multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, South America, Southeast Asia, and Europe.

In 2003, while assigned to a special operations task force in Tikrit, Eric conducted over 300 interrogations and collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein. As a result, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement.

After being hired as a civilian with the Department of Defense, Eric continued to help fight the Global War on Terror (GWOT) until 2014. In May 2015, he earned his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and is now a private consultant and negotiator and lives in his hometown of Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Eric is also the author of Mission: Black List No. 1 (Harper Collins, 2008), which he wrote with the permission of the Department of Defense.

For more information go to ericmaddox.com

Brad Bivens

Advisory Board Member

Brad Bivens

Brad Bivens retired in 2010 from a career in financial analysis and planning at the Acushnet Company located in Massachusetts. The Acushnet Company is the world leader in the manufacturing and marketing of Titleist golf balls / clubs and FootJoy shoes / apparel. During his career as Vice President of Financial Planning, he developed business plans for the United States and international subsidiaries. Brad is originally from Illinois where he attended Southern Illinois University and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in finance.

He and his wife have an adult daughter and live on Cape Cod. Brad is active in his community where he is on the board of two community development initiatives. Brad continues his financial activities by providing financial assistance to non-profit organizations.

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