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Meet the 2021-22 new faculty and staff

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Meet the 2021-22 new faculty and staff

Meet the new faculty and staff!

We are excited to welcome nine new faculty and staff into our midst and look forward to seeing the mark they’ll make on our community.

Ann Boyette, Spanish
Ann Boyette joins the Markers as a new Spanish teacher, after having taught Spanish 1 at Rockwood for the past six and a half years. She is excited to teach another year, this time in a new high school setting. Something you might not know about Ms. Boyette is that she spent time decorating and selling cakes as a business during her teenage years. Watch out “Great British Baking Show!” In her free time, Ms. Boyette says she absolutely loves to travel, whether it be a road trip, a vacation, or to a foreign country. “It doesn’t matter. I embrace it all and am always mentally planning my next destination!” 
Jennifer Caton, Learning Consultant
Jennifer Caton joins us as a new learning consultant. Prior to joining the Nerinx community, she was a learning consultant at Ursuline Academy. When it comes to becoming a Marker, she says, “I am looking forward to being part of a community that empowers young women to embrace their differences and to chase their passions.” If you’re interested in home DIY projects, you’ll certainly have something in common with Ms. Caton, as she enjoys tackling home-improvement projects of her own. When she isn’t on campus, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and pups as well as playing tennis, reading, and running. 

Jill Clark, Director of Strategic Communications

Jill Clark serves as Nerinx's new director of strategic communications. Previously, she was the director of executive communications at Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Clark says is excited to be in a high school environment that truly supports and advocates for women to become future leaders in their fields and industries. One thing you might find unique about Ms. Clark is that she once won a buffalo wing eating contest. Wow! When not on campus, she can be found on the golf course, playing tennis, or spending time with her husband and five-year-old twins. 

Mary Dubose ’07, Director of Equity & Inclusion 

Alumna Mary Dubose ’07 is happy to return to Nerinx as the director of equity & inclusion. She was formerly dean of students/assistant principal at EAGLE College Prep in Tower Grove East. When it comes to being back in the halls, she says, “Nerinx and this community has never left my heart. I am really proud and happy to return!” Ms. Dubose has another passion — home decor. In fact, on the weekends you might find her searching for the perfect interior accessories or binging HGTV episodes. In her spare time, Ms. Dubose also enjoys finding new and unique restaurants to try and cooking new recipes of her own. 
John Jauss, Chemistry
John Jauss, our newest chemistry teacher, is no stranger to the classroom. In fact, he spent more than 20 years teaching in Parkway School District and also served as a chemistry consultant at a local engineering firm. Mr. Jauss says he is most excited about “the Nerinx community — the support, kindness, and respect shown for each and every girl, and the passion that the school shows for instilling leadership, confidence, and intellectualism in them.” Most people may not know that Mr. Jauss was adopted, and when he’s not in the classroom, you can find him participating in community theater, gardening, landscaping, and spending time with his family.
Brenda Nahlik, Computer Science
An incoming computer science teacher, Brenda Nahlik comes to us from St. Monica School in Creve Coeur, where she taught middle school science, coding, and algebra. She says she can’t wait to help lead some fun coding and robotics activities at Nerinx that tie with students’ interests. “I am also really excited about teaching in this amazing community that puts young women on the path to achieving their dreams.” A lesser known fact about Ms. Nahlik, she loves Marvel Superhero movies such as Avengers and Iron Man. In her spare time, she enjoys taking her three dogs on evening walks — even better when one or more of her three teenage children join in on the fun! 
Amy Roither, English
Amy Roither joins us as the newest member of the English department. Previously, she worked at Washington University in St. Louis’s Brown School of Social Work, Public Health, and Social Policy where she taught academic English to international graduate students, served as an academic advisor, and provided tutoring services. She says she is most excited to join the Nerinx community because of the students. “The Markers I know — both current students and alumnae — are remarkable women!” Given her academic background, it only makes sense that one of Ms. Roither’s favorite hobbies is reading, but what you might not know is that she has visited and borrowed books from every one of the St. Louis city library branches. Impressive! 
Samantha Thomas, Counseling 

Samantha Thomas, our newest academic and wellness counselor, comes to Nerinx from Kansas State University, where she served as the St. Louis Regional Admissions Representative. She says, “From the time I’ve already spent at Nerinx, I’ve been blown away by the amount of care, effort, and support that goes into making sure each young woman leaves Nerinx stronger than when she came in.” Ms. Thomas loves helping students achieve their academic goals, but what you might not know is that she is also extremely artistic and creative. In fact, she once painted some pretty big murals and wall pieces in college and says she really enjoys creating loud, beautiful art. What’s more — Ms. Thomas also has a green thumb and enjoys keeping her garden growing. 
Katie Hagerty Young ’96, Social Studies 
A proud alumna, Katie Young is eager to walk the Nerinx hallways again, this time as a social studies teacher! Ms. Young has spent the past ten years raising her two daughters, though during that time she has had a hand in many opportunities — from lecturing at St. Louis Community College to teaching courses with St. Louis OASIS and even working part-time for  her family's slate and tile roofing business. What excites her most about being at Nerinx is “the traditions, such as Hey Day, the Faculty Show, and the Loretto spirit, all which keep the school firmly connected to its past.” A few fun facts you may not know about Ms. Young, if found inside, she would go to great lengths to return bugs, insects, and spiders unharmed to the outdoors; she is a proud “Deadhead;” and she loves to travel.