Faculty Spotlight


Jennifer Brown

Lower School Administrative Assistant
Bachelor of Science, St. Louis University

"I enjoy knowing that I've helped someone, whether it's by completing a task, making sure information gets where it needs to go, or just listening. I get to do all of those every day."

What does a typical day in the life of a Lower School Administrative Assistant look like?

Every day begins with greeting students and helping the students, teachers, and parents get what they need to get started with the day. There are lots of papers that get turned in and information that needs to be shared, and phone calls and emails to answer. I set alarms on my phone to remind me about students that need medications and other tasks. I help with any students who might be ill or injured. There is usually a project that needs work. For example, this week report cards went out. I would say the majority of every day is spent on some sort of communication, making sure that everyone has all of the information that they need to have a successful day.

How long have you been affiliated with EA?

I have been an EA parent since 2006. I was a substitute last year and began in this role in August 2017.

What is the strangest phone call/delivery/incident you’ve experienced while on the job?

Some of my most interesting discussions have centered on what theme I should have for decorating the office. So far a wide variety of animals, travel destinations, and food items have been suggested.

What is your favorite part of being an Administrative Assistant?

I enjoy knowing that I've helped someone, whether it's by completing a task, making sure information gets where it needs to go, or just listening. I get to do all of those every day.

What are the benefits of being an active EAPA member?

A previous mentor advised me that when you begin any job, you should join that professional association because you will benefit from the shared experiences of others in your field. EAPA is like your professional organization for your job as an EA parent. You will learn more about your student, other students, the faculty and staff, and the community as a whole. You will have a richer experience of EA by being involved and sharing your enthusiasm and building the relationships that make this place what it is.

What do you love most about EA?

The best parts of my time are spent with the people that I encounter. I love being with the students, be it one student who needs a little bit of TLC or a group of students who come by to sing me a new song they are learning. I love being around our faculty and staff because they truly inspire me with the amount of energy and concern they put into our students. And I love being around our parents because they put so much of themselves  into making this a great community.

Jen Brown at her desk

 



Jennifer Brown

Lower School Administrative Assistant
Bachelor of Science, St. Louis University

"I enjoy knowing that I've helped someone, whether it's by completing a task, making sure information gets where it needs to go, or just listening. I get to do all of those every day."

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New Faces at EA

We have a few new staff members that have yet to be introduced to the EA community. We are delighted to have the following three talented women on campus. Please extend a warm EA welcome to the following individuals: Venessa Arnold, Carla Sanchez, Rose Johnson

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Julie Janik
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Master of Arts, National Louis University 
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Bachelor of Music, University of Cincinnati 
 
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Jessica Brown

Middle School English
Bachelor of Arts, State University of New York-Cortland
Master of Science, Nazareth College
Master of Arts, DePaul University

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Amy Maly

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Bachelor of Science, Illinois State University

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Doug Sept

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Bachelor of Science, University of Missouri
Master of Science, University of Kentucky

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Peggy Veltri

Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies
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Master of Arts in Teaching, National Louis University

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Rick Williams

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Varsity Boys Head Basketball Coach
Bachelor of Arts, Judson University
Master of Science, Capella University

"By playing hard, having fun and getting better we let everyone know what it means to be a Hilltopper!"

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Heather Giebel

PS-8 Grade Music
Master of Music, New England Conservatory
Bachelor of Music, University of Massachusetts

"I wouldn't want any child to miss out on a musical education."

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Jim Kidston

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Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan
Master of Arts, University of Chicago
Master of Business Administration, University of Chicago

"My goal is to make myself unnecessary."

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Adeline Moon

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Bachelor of Science at University of Illinois

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