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Maggie earned her B.A. in Education from University of Missouri. She has over 30 years of teaching experience, most of which was in the public school system. "The Excel Center offers second chances for people who "want" to go back to school. Helping people who chose to better themselves is a true privilege. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?"
“I am worthy enough to follow my dreams and manifest my desires.”
Mykel is from St. Louis, MO born and raised in Pine Lawn and a graduate of Normandy High School C/O 2015. A HBCU grad from the Illustrious Lincoln University of Missouri with his Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and pursuing his Master’s in Adult Higher Education and Administration. He also takes part as the assistant coach of the Harris Stowe State University Cheerleaders. Prior to the Excel Center, he has taught children, served in administrative university roles, and even daycare assistance and coaching dance/cheer to figure what he wanted to do. Everyday, Mykel is for sure this is what he dreamed of doing and shows his gratitude and smiles. Mykel is more than pleased to be a part of the MERS family as a SkillUP Case Manager.
This is what I mean when I say I wanna be a resource working here!
Meg earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications from The University of Missouri-Columbia. She quickly realized that her passion was education and returned to school to gain her teaching certification. She has dual certification in English and Speech and Theater. While spending many years teaching in Missouri, she also ventured off to Mexico City to teach for 1 year before destiny brought her to the Excel Center.
Anastasia Hercules-Stone has worked in secondary education for 13 years before arriving to the Goodwill Excel Center. Although she is a St. Louis area native, she has her degrees (BS in history with a minor in literature and MA in education) from the University of Southern Indiana. She also has her National Board Certification and has completed a Fulbright study abroad program, and IREX teacher exchange to India, a cultural immersion experience in Trinidad and presented at the National Council for the Social Studies. She is married with 2 step children. She loves to be outside and travel (16 countries and counting) and sharing her global perspectives and experiences with her students in her social studies classes. “Being a nerd is my superpower! I love sharing what I learned with my students and teaching adults that are coming back to school to learn and better themselves and the lives of their families.”
Dan began his teaching career at Lindenwood University in 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Director of Mathematics Refresher Programs. He also served as an academic instructor at the St. Louis Job Corps Center. Upon learning of the student-centered mission of the Excel Center, Dan was excited to join their team of amazing educators in 2022. Dan has a Bachelor of science degree in Mathematics and a Master of Business Administration. His personal interests include most anything that involves the outdoors.
Chris retired from the Fox School District after 27 years of teaching. Along with being a classroom teacher, she was on the district's Professional Development Committee, was a Grade Leader, and an administrator for one of the summer school sites. After retiring, she heard about the Excel Center and came to check it out. Within minutes she knew she had to be a part of the Center. Chris says, "To help adults earn a high school diploma that will open doors for them to achieve their goals and dreams was something I wanted to be a part of. This Excel Center continues to amaze me with all of the support in place to make great things happen for individuals and families. While I came to help inspire and motivate the students, they continuously inspire and motivate ME to be the best educator I can be for them!!"
Melissa is a Life Coach at The Excel Center-St. Louis. Her passion is empowering adult learners through education, as they change the trajectory of their lives. She earned her BS in Human Services with a focus on Addiction Studies and Treatment, her MS in Human and Social Services and most recently a Post- Masters Certification in Higher Education and Adult Learning. Her professional experience includes; life coaching, academic advising, career development, mentorship, advocacy, and substance abuse prevention and treatment. Melissa favorite quote is "Every student is one caring individual away from becoming a success story!"
This is Jadee's 27th year in education. She spent 21 years teaching high school science, 10 years as a Master Teacher for Project Lead the Way and 11 years in administration. Jadee believes we are all life long learners. When given the opportunities, the tools and the encouragement one will continue to grow academically.
Brittany loves working for the Excel Center because she believes education is the key to being able to advance and change your situation. She knows that there are many reasons people were unable to complete high school in a traditional setting, and she loves being part of a caring team that allows students a second chance. She feels lucky to get to watch her students accomplish their goals at the Excel Center, and beyond graduation.
Carol D. Miller attended the University of Southeast Missouri State University and received a bachelor's in Social Work. She has been employed at MERS Goodwill Industries for twenty-seven years. Joining the Excel Center team as a Life Coach has been a very fulfilling experience. She will continue to strive to empower and educate all her former and current students.