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Why We Serve at De Smet Jesuit

  • Coach
  • English Teacher
Rob Hutchison

I teach to challenge students to go beyond what they think they are capable of achieving. Ultimately it’s about pushing a student to that moment when he realizes he doesn’t need me to learn and to support him in the failures that happen along the way.

  • Science Teacher
Dr. Mariette Baxendale

I get to practice my faith in my place of work and do what God called me to do. A school is much more than simply succeeding in academics. Understanding content means nothing if you can't see beauty and value in "knowing" and don't utilize knowledge to live out your gifts, which God bestowed on you in service to others. 

  • Science Teacher
Gene Bender

The future world can always be better, and the future is our students. I teach because I want to help shape a better future.

  • Science Teacher
Evan Jenkins '13

Physics introduces students to a different way of scientific thinking. My goal is to have my students learn that way so if they do wish to pursue physics or engineering in college, they will have skills that will help them succeed at the next level.

  • Spanish Teacher
Kelsey Grimm

I work at De Smet Jesuit because I want to help lead students closer to Christ, as well as provide a supportive environment for students.

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Mr. Dave Balint

Mr. Dave Balint

IT Director
Mr. Harold Barker

Mr. Harold Barker

Teacher, Mathematics Teacher, Assistant Athletic Director
MS, Athletic Administration, Ohio University
BA, Biology, Washington Unversity
Dr. Mariette Baxendale

Dr. Mariette Baxendale

Teacher, Department Chair
PHD, Biology, St. Louis University 1996
MS, Research-Biology, St. Louis University 1992
BS, Biology, Rockhurst University 1988
Mrs. Carrie Becher

Mrs. Carrie Becher

Communications Manager
BJ, Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia
BS, Spanish, University of Missouri-Columbia
Dr. Rob Behm

Dr. Rob Behm

Teacher
PHD, Chemistry, Washington University 1999
BS, Chemistry, University of Chicago 1990
Mr. Gene Bender

Mr. Gene Bender

Teacher, Science Teacher
MA, Teaching/Educational Technology, Webster University 2002
BS, Electrical Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology 1990
Mr. Rob Bergman

Mr. Rob Bergman

Class of 1993
Teacher, Writing Lab Supervisor
BA, English, Rockhurst University 1998
BA, Education, Rockhurst University 1998
MLA, Language Arts, Washington University
Mr. Kevin Berns

Mr. Kevin Berns

Class of 1987
Teacher
BA, Media Communications, Webster University
Mr. Adam Boehm

Mr. Adam Boehm

Teacher
BS, Mathematics, St. Louis University 2016
BA, Russian Studies, St. Louis University 2016
Mr. Dave Boland

Mr. Dave Boland

College Adviser
ME, Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis 1990
BA, Philosophy, Cardinal Glennon College Seminary 1985
Ms. Bridget Bowers

Ms. Bridget Bowers

Teacher, Director of Student Council
BA, English, Loyola University-Chicago 2014
Mrs. Carmen Bowman

Mrs. Carmen Bowman

Teacher, International Tour Coordinator
BA, Spanish Literature, St. Louis University 1973
BA, Education, St. Louis University 1973
Mr. Steve Burr

Mr. Steve Burr

VP of Administration/CFO
UCLA 1979
Mr. Tom Burr

Mr. Tom Burr

Class of 2007
IT Systems Engineer
De Smet Jesuit High School 2007
Rev. Jim Burshek S.J.

Rev. Jim Burshek S.J.

Teacher, Campus Ministry
MA, Divinity, Regis College, Toronto School of Theology 1975
BA, Classics, St. Louis University 1969
Mr. David Cabrera

Mr. David Cabrera

Teacher, Director of Global Education
MEd, Secondary Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis 2015
BA, Business Administration, Lindenwood University 2012
Dr. Mike Callahan

Dr. Mike Callahan

Teacher, Kairos Director
PHD, Philosophy & Film, St. Louis University 2008
MA, Media Literacy, Webster University 1998
BA, Theology, St. Louis University 1993
Mr. Sean Cavanagh

Mr. Sean Cavanagh

Teacher
MLA, Language Arts, Washington University 2000
BA, Philosophy, Fordham University 1994
Mr. Jeff Cernicek

Mr. Jeff Cernicek

Class of 1992
Director of Development
BS, Marketing/Advertising, Missouri State University 1997
Mr. Jarrod Cobb

Mr. Jarrod Cobb

IT Systems Engineer
BS, Computer Information Systems, St. Louis University 2016

Mrs. Colleen Cox

Teacher
Dr. Drae Cox

Dr. Drae Cox

Teacher, Head Wrestling Coach
MEd, Instructional Leadership, Lindenwood University 2016
MA, Education, Lindenwood University 2014
BS, Athletic Training, Lindenwood University 2012
Mrs. Kelly Day

Mrs. Kelly Day

Associate Events Manager, Institutional Advancement
BS, Business Administration, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Mr. Mark DeGreeff

Mr. Mark DeGreeff

Teacher, Assistant to Dean of Students
MA, Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis 2011
BA, Business Administration, Benedictine College 1992
Mrs. Linda Doherty

Mrs. Linda Doherty

Learning Consultant
MA, Educational Leadership, Maryville University 2002
BA, Special Education, University of Missouri-Columbia 1999
Certification - Reading Specialist 2004
Mr. Nick Dressler

Mr. Nick Dressler

Class of 2002
Teacher, Department Chair
MA, English Literature, University of Missouri-St. Louis 2011
BA, English, Loyola University-Chicago 2006
Mr.  Michael Estwanick

Mr. Michael Estwanick

Director of Facilities Services

Mr. Carlos Ford

Maintenance
Mrs. Kelsey Grimm

Mrs. Kelsey Grimm

Teacher, Compañeros Moderator
MA, Teaching, Lindenwood University 2011
BA, Spanish, Truman State University 2008
BS, Linguistics, Truman State University 2008
Mr. Will Gunn

Mr. Will Gunn

College Advisor
BA, History, Washington University 2005
Mr. Alex Hall

Mr. Alex Hall

Teacher, Campus Ministry
BA, Religious Studies, Loyola University-New Orleans 2013
BA, Spanish, Loyola University-New Orleans 2013
BA, Philosophy, Loyola University-New Orleans 2013
Rev. Jeffrey Harrison S.J.

Rev. Jeffrey Harrison S.J.

Chaplain
Th.M., Theology, Jesuit School of Theology 1992
MDiv, Divinity, Jesuit School of Theology 1987
MA, History, St. Louis University 1983
BA, Philosophy, St. Louis University 1981
Mr. John Hawkey

Mr. John Hawkey

Class of 1996
Teacher, Junior Service Projects
BA, Theology, St. Louis University 1999
Mr. Peter Heithaus

Mr. Peter Heithaus

Human Resource Advisor
BA, English, University of Missouri-St. Louis
MEd, Counseling, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Mr. Dan Herrin

Mr. Dan Herrin

Class of 2008
Athletic Trainer - Mercy
B.S., Health Sciences, University of Missouri - Columbia 2012
MAT, Athletic Training, Saint Louis University 2014
Mrs. Debbie Higgins

Mrs. Debbie Higgins

Director of Communications
BA, English, St. Mary's College
Mr. George Howe

Mr. George Howe

Teacher, ASC
BA, English Literature, Macalester College 2019
High School Diploma, SLUH 2015
Mr. Rob Hutchison

Mr. Rob Hutchison

Teacher, Lacrosse Coach, Freshman Soccer Coach, NHS Moderator
MA, English, St. Louis University 2009
MS, Biology, St. Louis University 2005
BS, Pre-Med, University of Notre Dame 2003
Mr. Evan Jenkins

Mr. Evan Jenkins

Class of 2013
Teacher, Robotics Coach
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia 2017
Mr. Mike Karpowicz

Mr. Mike Karpowicz

Director of Bands
MA, Unknown 1988
BA, Unknown 1979
Mrs. Barbara Kersting

Mrs. Barbara Kersting

Learning Consultant
BACC, Education, Harris-Stowe State University
Mr. Josh Klein

Mr. Josh Klein

Class of 1997
Teacher, Head Soccer Coach
MS, Sports Psychology, Florida State University 2003
BA, Psychology, Rhodes College 2001
Ms. Lisa Knabe

Ms. Lisa Knabe

Teacher, Sophomore Service Projects
MA, Religious Education, St. Louis University
BA, Education, Eastern Illinois University
Mr. Kurt Knoedelseder

Mr. Kurt Knoedelseder

Drama Director/Theater Manager
MA, Educational Leadership, Maryville University 2007
MA, Theater, Lindenwood University 1992
BS, Theater & Journalism, MacMurray College 1982
Mrs. Laurie Kohler

Mrs. Laurie Kohler

Teacher
MA, Fine Art, Webster University 2009
BS, Fine Art, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 1992
Mr. Chris Kohring

Mr. Chris Kohring

Assistant Treasurer
BS, Business Accounting, University of Phoenix 2009
Mr. Jackson Lamping

Mr. Jackson Lamping

Class of 2014
ASC Volunteer
Bachelors, Philosophy and English, Rockhurst University 2018
Mrs. Becky Lane

Mrs. Becky Lane

Admissions Counselor
BSN, Occupational Therapy, University of Kansas
CPR/AED Certified, Mercy Hospital
Mrs. Maria Lang

Mrs. Maria Lang

Assistant Director of Admissions
BA, Education, University of Missouri - St. Louis 2008
BA, Spanish, University of Missouri - St. Louis 2008
Mr. Andy Lange

Mr. Andy Lange

Class of 2002
Teacher, Textbook Coordinator
MBA, Business Administration, St. Louis University 2008
BA, Finance, St. Louis University 2006
Mrs. Emily Ledbetter

Mrs. Emily Ledbetter

Teacher
BA, Fontbonne University 2011
Mr. Pete Lenzini

Mr. Pete Lenzini

Dean of Students, Social Studies Teacher
MA, History, University of Missouri at St. Louis 2008
BA, History, Vanderbilt University 2000
BA, Philosophy, Vanderbilt University 2000
Mr. Dan Likos

Mr. Dan Likos

Class of 1994
Teacher, Department Chair, Head Golf Coach
MFE, Mathematics, Webster University 2012
BA, Mathematics, University of Dayton 1998
BA, Education, University of Dayton 1998
Mr. Pat Littleton

Mr. Pat Littleton

Class of 1987
Teacher
MA, Athletic Administration, William Woods University 2007
BS, Southeast Missouri State University 1995
BS, University of Missouri-St. Louis 1991
Mr. William Manaker S.J.

Mr. William Manaker S.J.

Teacher
BA, Philosophy and Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, MN
MA, English, Loyola University-Chicago
Ms. Catalina Martinez

Ms. Catalina Martinez

Director of Diversity & Inclusion
BA, Northwestern University
MA, Maryville University
Mrs. Collin Miller

Mrs. Collin Miller

Director of Personal Counseling, Personal and Academic Counselor
MA, Counseling, Webster University 2004
BA, Human Services, Fontbonne University 2001
Mr. Matt Mohan

Mr. Matt Mohan

Class of 1982
Teacher, De Smet Depot Bookstore Manager
BA, History, University of Missouri-St. Louis 1995
BS, Secondary Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis 1995
Mrs. Shelly Monschein

Mrs. Shelly Monschein

Database Assistant
BS, University of Missouri-Columbia
Mrs. Lil Morlock

Mrs. Lil Morlock

Registrar
Certificate, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park 1980
Mr. Pat Morris

Mr. Pat Morris

Class of 2006
Coordinator of Annual Giving Programs, Alumni Relations
BA, Journalism, University of Denver 2010
Mrs. Lisa Mosquera

Mrs. Lisa Mosquera

Admissions Counselor
Paralegal, Minnesota State University
Dr. Pete Musso Ed.D.

Dr. Pete Musso Ed.D.

Class of 1989
Asst. Principal for Curriculum & Instruction
Ed. D, Maryville University 2012
MA, University of Dayton 1994
BA, University of Dayton 1992
Mrs. Michele Neary

Mrs. Michele Neary

Receptionist
Mr. Mike O'Brien

Mr. Mike O'Brien

Teacher, Work Grant Director, Outdoor Club Moderator
MA, Secondary Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis 2005
BA, Philosophy, St. Louis University 1995
Mrs. Anna Oliver

Mrs. Anna Oliver

Database Coordinator
BA, German Language and Literature, University of Missouri-St. Louis 1994
Mr. Scott Phillips

Mr. Scott Phillips

Class of 1988
Head Chef
Mr. Howie Place Jr.

Mr. Howie Place Jr.

Teacher, Department Chair, Assistant Ultimate Frisbee Coach, Insignis
MA, Theology/Religious Education, St. Louis University 2016
BA, Theology & Economics, Loyola University-Chicago 2007
Mr. Tony Plein

Mr. Tony Plein

Teacher
MSE, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Kansas 2020
MA, Theology, University of Notre Dame 2009
BA, Theology, St. Louis University 2002
Mr. Kevin Poelker

Mr. Kevin Poelker

Class of 1998
Principal
MA, Educational Leadership, Maryville University 2018
MS, Sports & Recreation, Ohio University 2013
BA, Philosophy & Religion, Truman State University 2002
Mr. John Pukala

Mr. John Pukala

Athletic Director
MS, Education, National Louis University 1998
BA, Northwest Missouri State University 1986
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Mr. Bill Rebholz

Mr. Bill Rebholz

Class of 1977
VP Institutional Advancement
Mrs. Brenda Reinsfelder

Mrs. Brenda Reinsfelder

Financial Services Coordinator
BA, Accounting, Lindenwood University
Mr. John Reyes

Mr. John Reyes

Class of 1994
Teacher, Mathematics Teacher, Sophomore Soccer Coach
BS, Biology, Western Illinois University
Dan Rick

Dan Rick

Mrs. Mary Riney

Mrs. Mary Riney

Personal and Academic Counselor
M. Ed., Education Counseling, University of Missouri-St. Louis 2011
BS, Business Administration, Maryville University 2005
Mr. Brian Ringkamp

Mr. Brian Ringkamp

Class of 2006
Maintenance
Mrs. Jen Rothermich

Mrs. Jen Rothermich

Assistant to the Principal and President
BA, Communications, University of Missouri-Columbia

Mr. Kevin Ruder

Class of 1993
Interim President
De Smet Jesuit 1993
BA, Political Science, University of Dayton
Mr. John Russell

Mr. John Russell

Teacher, ASC
BS, Mathematics, Xavier University
Mr. Mike Russo

Mr. Mike Russo

Teacher, English Teacher, Director of Student Activities, Head Track & Field Coach
MeD, Education, University of Notre Dame 2002
BA, English, University of Notre Dame 2000
BA, History, University of Notre Dame 2000
Mr. Henry Samson

Mr. Henry Samson

Teacher
M. Ed., Learning and Technology, Western Governors University 2017
BA, Education, St. Louis University 2010
BA, English, St. Louis University 2010
Ms. Sarah Schmidt

Ms. Sarah Schmidt

Teacher, Department Chair, International Tour Coordinator
MA, Latin, University of Georgia 2016
MeD, Latin Education, Creighton University 2008
BA, Latin Classics, Creighton University 2007
Rev. Christopher Schroeder S.J.

Rev. Christopher Schroeder S.J.

Class of 2000
Service Projects Coordinator, Service Project Team Coordinator
BA, St. Louis University
MA, St. Louis University
MDiv, Jesuit School of Theology
STL (Licentiate in Sacred Theology), Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University 2015
Mrs. Terri Schuchmann

Mrs. Terri Schuchmann

Assistant Treasurer
Mr. Ryan Sextro

Mr. Ryan Sextro

Class of 2004
Teacher
MS, Learning Technology, Fontbonne University 2013
BS, Computer Science, University of Missouri-Columbia 2008
Mr. Ray Sherrock

Mr. Ray Sherrock

Teacher, Choir Director, Library Resources
BA, Music Education, New Mexico State University 1988
Mrs. Linda Sodemann

Mrs. Linda Sodemann

Personal and Academic Counselor
BS, Secondary Education, Southeast Missouri State University
M. Ed., Counseling, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Mr. Tom Sothers

Mr. Tom Sothers

Teacher, Spartan Association Moderator, Scholar Bowl Coach
MLA, Washington University 1991
BA, History, St. Louis University 1985
BA, Education, St. Louis University 1985
Mr. Rob Steeples

Mr. Rob Steeples

Class of 2008
Teacher, Head Football Coach
BS, Business Administration, University of Missouri-Columbia 2012
Master of Arts and Liberal Studies, University of Memphis
Mr. David Stewart

Mr. David Stewart

Teacher, Department Chair, Head Baseball Coach
BS, Health Science, Missouri Baptist University 2013
Mrs. Debbie Stewart

Mrs. Debbie Stewart

Admn. Assistant to Athletic Director
University of Missouri-Columbia
Mr. John Stewart

Mr. John Stewart

Class of 1977
Director of Major Gifts
BA, Accounting, University of Missouri-Columbia 1981
Mr. Timothy Sullivan

Mr. Timothy Sullivan

Admissions Director
B.S., Business Administration, Maryville University 1992
Mr. Mike Talken

Mr. Mike Talken

Director of Educational Technology
MS, Educational Technology, University of Missouri, St. Louis 2006
BS, Biology, Rockhurst University 1992
BA, Political Science, Education, Rockhurst University 1992
Mr. Bryan Traughber

Mr. Bryan Traughber

Class of 1997
Teacher, Department Chair, Head Cross Country Coach
MA, History, University of Missouri-St. Louis 2005
BA, History, Truman State University 2001
Mrs. Christine Tseng

Mrs. Christine Tseng

Teacher, International Tour Coordinator
MBA, St. Louis University 1997
BS, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 1995
Mrs. Felicie Van de Riet

Mrs. Felicie Van de Riet

Cafeteria Manager
Mr. Jim Walsh Jr.

Mr. Jim Walsh Jr.

Class of 1976
Teacher, NHS Moderator
MAT, Educational Technology, Webster University 1993
BS, Secondary Education, University of Dayton 1980
Mr. Chris Welling

Mr. Chris Welling

Teacher
LLM, De Paul University College of Law 2003
JD, St. Louis University 2000
BA, St. Louis University School of Law 1997
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