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Elizabeth Bennett

Elizabeth Bennett

Health and Science Instructor

Elizabeth earner her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies emphasis Biology, Chemistry, & Women's Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her MS in Biology University of Nebraska-Kearney. Elizabeth was also a Hospital Corpsman in United States Navy, a Medical Technologist in Clinical Laboratories, and is the current Owner of Northstar Coffeehouse and CEO/President of Northstar Foundations. "I envisioned finding a place that allows me to help with new beginnings, and be a part of a company that changes lives; Goodwill is giving me that. To see the students grow and through their hard work and the staff working as their net; they grow confidence and hope that they can fulfill their dreams. It makes me feel blessed."

Maggie Brotherton

Maggie Brotherton

English Language Arts Instructor

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?"

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Josie Butler

College and Career Readiness Counselor

Josie earned her MSW at Saint Louis University and her MA in Religious Studies at Mizzou. Previously she was a program director for a local agency dedicated to serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also taught English in Japan. "Although I'm new to Goodwill, I’m excited to be a part of the Excel Center. We have hard working students and great staff!"

Lisa Dlabick

Dr. Lisa Dlabick

English Language Arts and Theater Instructor

Dr. Lisa Dlabick spent 32 years as an educator in the Hazelwood School District. She held many positions, including middle and high school English, Speech and Theater teacher, and Communication Skills Department Chair. She spent the last ten years of her career in Hazelwood outside of the classroom as an Instructional Coach working with teachers and administrators to improve instruction, classroom management and assessment practices in her schools. She retired from Hazelwood in 2019. Dr. Dlabick is thrilled to be starting her third year teaching English and Theater at the Excel Center. "Working with adults is a privilege and has been a life-changing experience for me. I absolutely love the motivation, experience, and fearlessness that adults bring into the classroom everyday! I really do feel blessed to be a part of this school and such an amazing group of educators!"

Rachel Dye

Rachel Dye

Rachel earned her B.S. Psychology and B.A. Religious Education with concentrations in Youth Ministry & Biblical Counseling from Missouri Baptist University. Before coming to the Excel Center she worked as a Teacher Assistant, Specialized Foster Care Case Manager and Job Coach/Trainer at Challenge Unlimited Inc. "I believe people deserve opportunities to better themselves and their situation. In our country, education and employment are the driving factors when it comes to someone finding the safety and security we all long for as humans. I believe we are all capable of great things when we apply ourselves. I'm at Excel Center to help individuals embrace the challenge of change and write a new chapter in their lives which leads to the future they dream of!"

Christy Glauber

Christy Glauber

College and Career Readiness Counselor

Christy Glauber is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a M.S.W. from Washington University. She began her career with MERS Goodwill in 2008 as a Vocational Evaluation Case Manager. During her 12 years with MERS Goodwill, she also served as Director of Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Skills Training, Workforce Development and StL Youth Jobs. “The Excel Center provides the opportunity to complete high school, but this time with a whole cheerleading section just for you. I’m so proud to play a small part in helping students achieve their career goals.“

Meg Haw

Meg Haw

English Language Arts and Theater Instructor

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.

Kristen Kramlich

Kristen Kramlich

Social Studies Instructor

Kristen earned a BA in Secondary Education and History from Drury University and her MA in Social Science Education from Webster University. She began her teaching career in 2011 and has taught middle school, high school, and adult education. She absolutely loves adult education and feels like the Excel Center is exactly where she is supposed to be! It feels like home!

Melissa LaBerta

Melissa LaBerta

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!"

Jadee Lauer

Jadee Lauer

St. Louis Director

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.