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Annie Menees

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Annie dreamed of being a teacher as a little girl playing “school” in her driveway with the neighborhood children. She attended Vanderbilt University on a full athletic scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude as the Valedictorian for the Peabody College of Education. Beyond her two undergraduate degrees, in Child Development and Cognitive Studies, Annie has earned Masters in Elementary Education and Private School Leadership. 

When she isn’t in Rossman’s fifth grade classroom, Annie is teaching tennis to hundreds of players at Visitation Academy and Algonquin Golf Club. She has earned many accolades for her leadership at Viz since she began coaching there in 2009. She was named “Coach of the Year” by the St. Louis District Tennis Association, “Missouri Coach of the Year” by the National Federation of State High School Associations, and “Best Coach in St. Louis” by St. Louis Magazine. During Annie’s tenure, Visitation’s Varsity Girls Tennis Team has claimed three state champion titles.

In her free time, Annie enjoys hiking, biking, dancing, photography, and learning to play the fiddle and mandolin.

 

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Todd Valdez

bio_valdez.jpgTodd can remember the exact day he decided to become a teacher — June 1, 2000. Though happy with his first year working in the communications field, Todd realized he wouldn’t find true fulfillment unless he was having a positive impact on others’ lives. He immediately returned to school to pursue an education degree.

Today, Todd is a doctoral student at Missouri Baptist University. In addition to his extensive training and research, Todd’s education experience includes elementary and middle school teaching positions in the Rockwood School District and Paideia Academy in St. Louis. At Paideia, he also served two years as Director of Instruction and two years as Assistant Principal. Twice, he was awarded “Teacher of the Year.”

Todd enjoys traveling and attending sporting events with his wife and three daughters. He has been playing soccer at various levels for more than 30 years and currently coaches the sport as well.

 

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