Jacqui is a homeschooling mom of three boys. The moment she learned about forest schooling; she knew she wanted that opportunity for her children. Blending her love for teaching with nature at Ambleside Christian Academy felt like home.
She has her B.S. in Elementary Education along with certifications in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education and attended the Raintree Forest School's Conference for Educators. She worked as a substitute teacher, teacher's assistant, and taught remedial math and reading before starting a family.
Jacqui will be co teaching form 1B cottage school and form 0 forest school for the 2022-2023 year.
Jenny is a homeschool mom to two. She first learned about homeschooling while in college earning her BS in Elementary Education, where she spent hours studying the AmblesideOnline website for an educational philosophy paper. After briefly working at a literacy-based charter school, Jenny has been homeschooling her kids and active in the homeschooling community. She helped launch the homeschool program for Bible Study Fellowship in Florida and teaches writing on Zoom. She always dreamed of starting a CM inspired school, and when she moved to Saint Louis she found us and didn’t have to!
Jenny and her family are working to build up a mini-homestead on a few acres near High Ridge MO, in addition to hiking and exploring as much as possible.
Jenny will be teaching form 1A cottage and co teaching forms 2 and 3 forest for the 2022-2023 year..
Melanie Terry has a BFA with an emphasis in Painting from Webster University and a minor in Environmental Studies. She has been an Artist-in-Resident at two national parks.
She worked as the Studio Director at Artmart where she taught preschool through adult level classes. She taught preschool for two and a half years before leaving to stay home with her children full time. She has taken the Discover Nature Schools professional development class through the Missouri Department of Conservation. She has been homeschooling her four children from the beginning.
Melanie will be teaching form 2 cottage school and co-teaching form 2 and 3 forest school for the 2022-2023 year.
Jamie Luetkemeyer is excited to be returning to Ambleside Christian Academy! Jamie began her career teaching middle school Language Arts in Kansas City, Missouri and English as a Foreign Language in Misawa, Japan. She developed a love for early childhood education while working as a classroom assistant for her mom at A Child’s Journey Preschool in Edwardsville, Illinois. That love for early childhood deepened throughout the early years of her family’s homeschool journey.
Jamie strives to incorporate Charlotte Mason’s methods in the classroom and in her home and does her best to give all the children in her life a beautiful environment in which to form relationships with God, other people, literature, and the world around them. Jamie currently lives in Maryville, Illinois. When not out exploring or at the ACA building, Jamie is usually at home reading living books with her children, planning and planting native prairie gardens, or driving her four children to numerous sports and extra-curricular activities with a good, living audio book playing!
Jamie will be teaching form 0 cottage school and co teaching form 0 forest school.
Jessica homeschools her four children and loves all of the family friendly activities that St. Louis has to offer! She was the St. Louis Free Forest School Director where she led outdoor nature play groups for 5 years in the greater St. Louis area. She has a passion for providing positive outdoor memories, learning through play, and educating children. Jessica has a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and is certified to teach math for 5-12th grade. Before having kids she taught high school math, coached a nationally ranked dance team, directed a summer camp, and tutored for the ACT. She has also taught fitness and Martial Arts classes for almost two decades. Jessica has a heart for serving God, educating, coaching and mentoring others, and loves to travel with her family and friends.
Jessica will be teaching Form 1A at cottage school the 2022-2023 year.
As a child, Owen had the joy of learning through a classically rooted homeschool education with a Charlotte Mason flair. This education sparked in him a lifelong pursuit of the delights of discovery and knowledge. Owen obtained his bachelor’s from California Baptist University in Christian Studies with a minor in Philosophy. He was honored as the bellringer at his graduation, his school's highest honor given to the top student at each graduation. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies at Covenant Theological Seminary which he will complete in the Spring of 2023.
Owen has a unique passion for instilling in the next generation the same love for learning that he received himself. He is enthused to be joining a faculty at Ambleside that shares this same vision and desire.
Owen is a talkative extrovert who loves spending time with kids and adults alike. In his free time, he likes to read fiction, watch the Minnesota Vikings, and talk on the phone with his family.
Owen is teaching 1A forest school and co-teaching 1B cottage for the 2022-2023 year.
Lisa has 35 years of experience raising children, babysitting, and most recently as a homeschooling grandmother. She has volunteered in many schools as a librarian, office worker, cafeteria worker, and helping with field trips, auctions, field days, class parties, and more. She is also a former girl scout leader and cookie lady.
Nature has always been a huge part of her life. She can regularly be found hiking, fishing, or just walking her dogs. She spends a lot of time at the barn horseback riding. She has also been a volunteer at the Missouri Botanical Gardens for over 10 years.
Lisa will be assisting at cottage school and forest school for the 2022-2023 year.
Judy Wilde is a homeschooling mom of two, and is also a homeschool graduate herself. Judy began her career in early childhood education in her home state of North Carolina. She has an associates degree in art from Rockingham Community College, and a B.S. in early childhood education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was a personal nanny for 15 years before becoming a stay at home mom. She resides in Arnold with her husband and two daughters. She is a big advocate for teaching her daughters about the Love of Christ, learning through play, outside time, and is super excited for her daughter to be a student of the forest school. Things outside of homeschooling and time with her kids she loves include, spending time with her husband, travel, church, cooking, and majority of the time you will find her with an ear bud in listening to a good audio book while doing all the daily task of a mom. She is looking forward to her first year at Ambleside!
Judy will be assisting at cottage school for the 2022-2023 year.