Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls

Our Staff


Executive Team

Ms. Mary Stillman
Executive Director
A.B. Princeton University, Religion; J.D. Yale Law School

When Mrs. Stillman learned about a network of all-girls public schools in New York that were preparing young women for college and careers, she knew this was the kind of school St. Louis needed.  A graduate of an all-girls high school in Maryland, Mrs. Stillman brings her girl power attitude, background in law, and commitment to St. Louis to her work with Hawthorn.  She is extremely proud of the team of people who have come together to found Hawthorn -- board members, administrators, faculty, staff and founding families.  Together, we are building something very special for our current students and many, many more to come.  

Dr. Robyn Wiens
B.A. Drake University: Journalism, EdM Harvard Graduate School of Education, Technology in Education; EdD University of Washington, Education Leadership and School Policy

Dr. Wiens is thrilled to be back in the St. Louis area after spending 12 years growing into her education career in charter and traditional schools in Boston and Seattle. She is passionate about creating a teaching and learning environment where students and teachers thrive. She has interests in culturally relevant pedagogy, teacher leadership, and student-centered decision-making. When away from Hawthorn, Dr. Wiens enjoys doing dramatic readings of Shel Silverstein poems with her 3 year old and 5 year old daughters, talking sports with her husband, and trying not to fall off the treadmill at Shred415 classes.

Ms. Julie Hercules
Dean of Student Life & Community Affairs
B.S. Rockhurst University, Biology and Education (7-12th); M.S. Saint Louis University, Educational Leadership

Ms. Hercules is an alum of Incarnate Word Academy, an all-girl high school in St. Louis where she eventually dedicated 14 years of service. After graduating from college, Ms. Hercules was a middle school science teacher, Advancement Director and Director of Student Leadership and Diversity.  She enjoys working with students on a daily basis as she works to empower each student to embrace their leadership abilities and their individuality.  Ms. Hercules also enjoys cooking, sports, spending time with friends and family and being outdoors.

Ms. Raquel Evans
Business & Operations Manager
B.A. Texas Southern University, Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing

Mrs. Evans loves working in the community and giving back.  Even though she works in the Hawthorn Business Office, Mrs. Evans is very involved with not only the Hawthorn brand but with the students as well .  When not working at Hawthorn and working in the community, Mrs. Evans spends her time with her two sons and husband attending sporting events, traveling, reading and completing her many DIY (Do It Yourself) projects.


Faculty and Staff

Ms. Christiane Auston
causton@hawthornschool.org | Humanities Virutal Classroom
B.A. McGill University, English Literature; M.A. Washington University, English Literature and History

Ms. Auston loves reading, writing, and seeing the amazing things that happen when her students find their own voices. She knows how much courage this takes, and strives to support all students through their individual process of growth and development. Outside of school, Ms.Auston enjoys traveling, going to the movies, and spending time with her family.

Ms. Meghan Bliss
Mathematics, Achievement Program Manager
B.A. University of Notre Dame, American Studies; M.S. Saint Joseph's University

Ms. Bliss has always loved math, especially because when she was in school she could check her work and know that she was right before turning in her assignments. When she's not problem solving or lesson planning, she enjoys riding her bike, cooking (and eating!) new foods, coloring, and spending time outdoors. In the summer, Bliss volunteers with the American Youth Foundation at their National Leadership Conference held at Camp Miniwanca, a place where she spent her summers growing up and learned to strive to be her own self, at her very best, all the time. 

Ms. Laura Boyce
lboyce@hawthornschool.org | Humanities Virutal Classroom
B.A. Saint Louis University, Elementary Education; M.S. Fontbonne University, Diverse Learners; Middle School Communication Arts & Social Studies certified

Ms. Boyce is a passionate teacher who loves what she's working to accomplish at Hawthorn.  She wants to inspire the girls to become agents of change, to be proud of themselves in whatever they do, to believe they can do anything they're passionate about.  The love of books and history are not things that she leaves at school at the end of the day, she enjoys learning and expanding her horizons at home.  She also plays rugby, participates in CrossFit, is usually listening to music, and prefers being outside - rain or shine!  

Ms. Lauren Campbell
B. S. Harris Stowe State University, Middle School Mathematics

I believe in eliminating the idea of not being good at math, and showing everyone that with hard work, you can in fact understand and enjoy math. I believe having fun and learning in the classroom go hand in hand. When not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my 9 year old son, cooking, watching natural hair and makeup videos, and hanging out with family and friends. 

Mrs. Sharon Craig
Lead Cook

Mrs. Craig serves as the lead cook at Hawthorn. Her main concern is making sure the food tastes delicious and that our girls love it. When not in the kitchen, Mrs. Craig works with abused animals and runs a horse ranch in Rolla, Missouri.

Ms. Le'Ka'le Darden
B.S. Howard University, Health Science; M.S. University of Missouri St. Louis, Secondary Education

Ms. Darden is a proud alumnus of the #1 Historically Black University in America, Howard University. Ms. Darden's experience at Howard is the driving force behind making sure all of her students feel a sense of love and community in her classroom. To ensure her students feel pride and love for themselves, she focuses on building relationships and fostering a positive learning environment. Ms. Darden operates under the belief that her students can accomplish anything they set out to do and Ms. Darden will gladly assist to make sure her students are successful. You can expect her class to be full of meaningful engagement activities that allow students to reach authentic conclusions surrounding science content. You can also expect Ms. Darden's expectations to be high, consistent, and fair. In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time with family and friends. 

Mrs. Crystal DeJong
B.A. McMasters University, Kinesiology; B.A. University of Western Ontario, Education

Ms. Chantay Hadley
Office Manager and Registrar
A.A.S. National American University, IT; B.A. Hartford University, Communications

Ms. Hadley is committed to helping middle schoolers become strong leaders and productive citizens. A believer in teaching mental toughness and life skills, Ms. Hadley implemented a unique mental toughness training program at Brentwood School District where she served as the Girl's Middle School Head Basketball Coach for the last three years.

Ms. Zona Ho
Instructional Support Specialist
B.A. Drury University, Secondary Education and Mathematics

Mrs. Ho has a passion for Mathematics that she is always trying to pass on. She strives to empower Hawthorn students to become strong-informed female leaders within their communities . Mrs. Ho, also has a passion for running which she shares with students through the Girls on the Run program. When she's not sharing her passion's at Hawthorn, she likes to spend time with her husband and two sons.

Mr. Otis Howell
Administrative Assistant
B.A. Beloit College, Sociology

Mr. Howell enjoys working with youth from diverse populations and believes it is important to support young people and inspire them to achieve greatness. He looks forward to an amazing school year at Hawthorn, where our young ladies will learn to foster their authentic selves, build a tight-knit sisterhood and become innovative scholars. Mr. Howell’s hobbies include exploring the arts and spending time with family and friends.

Ms. Dalayna Jackson
Development Manager
B.A. Washington University in St. Louis, Urban Studies

Ms. Jackson has a passion for building relationships with people, making a difference in her community, and understanding the effects urban education has on the social, political, and economic landscape in our country. While in college she realized that she could use her talents and skills to have an impact on children's lives without being in the front of a classroom. Ms. Jackson works alongside the executive director to help raise the funds necessary to ensure that each young woman at Hawthorn receives a high quality education, despite where they may live. In her free time, Ms. Jackson enjoys spending time with friends, traveling to different cities, trying new foods, and hanging out with her BBBS little sister. Ms. Jackson is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Charlie Johnson 
B.A. University of Missouri-Saint Louis, Theatre and Dance

Ms. Johnson is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Hawthorn family and brings over 10 years of dance experience and teaching along with her. She has a unwaivering passion for uniting the youth with the arts and it brings her great joy. It has been a dream of hers to teach dance to students in the neighborhood she was raised in and she is very excited to start this journey with the young ladies at Hawthorn. When she isn't teaching dance you will find her learning new styles of dance, traveling with friends and family, or trying new restaurants around the city. 

Ms. Kaleigh Lawrence
Social Worker
B.S.W. Grand Valley State University; M.S.W. Washington University 

Ms. Lawrence began her career as a teacher in St. Louis and quickly recognized her passion for supporting the social and emotional needs of young people. When Ms. Lawrence is not at Hawthorn she enjoys pottery making, cooking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Ms. Katie Lynch
Special Education Teacher
B.A. Lindenwood University, Middle School Education and Social Science 

Miss Lynch has always loved history, even as a little girl. She would drag her family to all of the historical places she could find while on vacation. When Miss Lynch isn't at school, she loves watching Cardinals baseball and Blues hockey and she loves to travel especially to Disney World. During the summer, Miss Lynch works at Six Flags St. Louis, where she teaches training classes as well as schedules all of the employees in the Rides Department.

Mr. Chris Meyers
Technology & Engineering
B.S. University of Missouri St. Louis, Elementary Education and Middle School Mathematics

Mr. Meyers is committed to demonstrating that the problem solving and cooperative skills learned in engineering translate to building not only stronger structures but stronger relationships and better communities. Mr. Meyers surrounds himself with strong women at Hawthorn as well as after school at Girls Inc. In addition, he is committed to being a resource to young people through his role as a youth minister at his church. He enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.

Ms. Deitria Miller

Ms. Miller is a security guard at Hawthorn who is here to protect the students and everyone else in the building. She loves the upbeat environment of the school and really enjoys being here with the girls. Ms. Miller always keeps her students and her coworkers smiling and laughing. When not protecting the hallways of Hawthorn, Ms. Miller enjoys spending time with her family.

Ms. Jasmun Moorehead
Physical Education
jmoorehead@hawthornschool.org | Ms. Moorehead's Virtual Classroom
B.S. Lindenwood University, Exercise Science; M.A.T. Lindenwood University, Health Education

Ms. Moorehead had her first dose of working with middle school girls when she was a weight loss counselor for girls in La Jolla, California.  When she realized she enjoyed working with children, she returned to school earning her Master’s in Teaching with an emphasis in Health Education.  Besides teaching, Ms. Moorehead loves her fur babies, yoga, photography, and traveling.   

Ms. Iris Neal

Ms. Neal is a part of the team that helps keep Hawthorn safe and secure day in and day out. She loves the high energy atmosphere the students and her coworkers bring to Hawthorn. When not at Hawthorn, Ms. Neal enjoys hanging out at home and cooking.

Ms. Laura Neuwirth
Special Education Coordinator & Teacher
B.S. Ed. University of Missouri Columbia, Double Major in iSpecial Education and Psychology; MA Universityof Washington Seattle, Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis on Multi-Ethnic Education

Ms. Neuwirth believes all people hold great potential. The best part of being a teacher is helping students find, and tap into, that truth. When she’s not working with students, Ms. Neuwirth works with organizations helping the homeless in St. Louis, is a Girl Scout camp mom and co-leader, and is active in her religious community. In her spare time she loves hanging out with her family, visiting museums, reading, gardening and being outside.

Ms. Elizabeth Porter
eporter@hawthornschool.org | Humanities Virutal Classroom
B.A. Saint Louis University, Middle School Education and Language Arts & Social Sciences 

Ms. Porter is a devoted teacher, who loves to see her students grow and learn as young leaders of our community. She is an avid reader who enjoys sharing literature with her students. When not at Hawthorn, Ms. Porter enjoys the outdoors, practicing yoga, and spending time with her friends and family. Ms. Porter loves to travel to new cities, and especially try new foods. She is excited about all of the exciting experiences the 2016-2017 Hawthorn School year will bring!

Mr. Benjamin Rahming
B.S. Washington University in St. Louis, Mechanical Engineering

Mrs. Hallie Rockwell
B.A. University of Richmond, English and Secondary Education

Mrs. Rockwell has always loved any form of communication - everything from writing to the visual and performing arts. This love of expression resulted in a passion for teaching young people the power and benefit of learning how to communicate through the written word. In class, she wants each student to realize that writing opens up opportunities for self-expression, creative thinking, and storytelling. While not at school, Mrs. Rockwell enjoys reading a good book, being outside, or cooking a new dish. 

Ms. Adrienne Watkins
Mathematics, Asst. Dean of Student Life and Community Affairs
B.A. George Washington University, Speech and Hearing Sciences; M.Ed. University of Missouri - St. Louis, Secondary Education

Ms. Watkins loves inspiring her students to excel in mathematics. She keeps them entertained with her silly jokes and math humor. When Ms. Watkins is not molding minds, she enjoys cooking, and spending time with friends and family. 

Ms. Andrea Woods
awoods@hawthornschool.org | Humanities Virtual Classroom
B.A. Northwestern University, Radio/TV/Film; M.Ed Arizona State University, Special Education

Ms. Woods' passion for social justice drives her culturally relevant Humanities curriculum. Throughout the year she serves as a Diversity Facilitrainer with the National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJSTL). She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her LOVES are 1) family & friends, 2) softball, 3) roller coasters, and 4) traveling/road tripping. She also enjoys smiles :)

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We encourage community friends, prospective students and families to visit us! Throughout the year, our students lead tours twice a month during the school day which is a great way to see school in action. During student recruitment season, prospective families can attend our Saturday Open Houses. We also offer Family Tours the first Tuesday of every month during the spring.

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