New FZE Teachers for the 2019-2020 School Year

Nick Newton

Received a Bachelors of Science: Exercise Science degree from Greenville College in Greenville, IL.  He spent his first two years out of college coaching football at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. While there, he received undergrad and masters work in education. He spent the last year as a Paraprofessional here at East High while working toward his Health and Special Education certifications. Nick will be teaching Special Education for us and when he’s not in the classroom you can find him coaching, lifting, hunting, or playing board games. One of his favorite memories in education was receiving a letter from a student last year about how much the work Mr. Newton does means to him and helps him. Nick is looking forward to learning how to be a better educator and influencer. 

Joe Klostermann

Comes to us having taught social studies at Warrenton high school for the last 13 years. He will be joining our Social Studies Department while coaching football and track/field. Mr. Klostermann says he spends his summers exploring places of historical significance and when he’s not teaching or coaching you can find him competing/working out with his wife or hanging out with their two dogs. When asked who inspires him in education he stated, ‘My parents. They were both teachers who worked hard and raised 3 boys.’ He is extremely excited to get to know the faculty and students at East High this year. 

Sarah Gordon

Completed half of her education at SCCC, and the other half at UMSL.  She student taught at South and West High finally filling a long term sub position for us during the spring semester and is excited to officially call East High home. Sarah is looking forward to watching her students from last year grow and meeting all of her new students this year. When she’s not teaching English, you can find Ms. Gordon sitting in a coffee shop with a laptop or doing something outdoors with the people she loves. Her favorite book is Jane Eyre and some of her inspirations include Dona Coleman, Anna Koester, her mom, and every barista alive. 

Laura Kansteiner

Began her Zumwalt career spending six years at Pheasant Point Elementary and another five years at West Middle School. She will be joining our FACS Department and is excited to get to know a whole new group of students and share her passion for cooking. Her favorite thing about teaching is watching her students achieve their goals. She is an avid traveler and spends most of her summers abroad. 

Jocelyn Garner

Joins us for her 8th year in education. Her most recent teaching position was at Montgomery County School District. She’s taught at Sullivan and Lonedell School Districts, as well. She earned her teaching certificate and Bachelors in Music Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2010, and her Masters in Music Education from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2012. She will be joining our Music Department as our new orchestra director.  Her favorite thing about teaching is when students come back to see her and tell her of all the exciting things they are doing with their lives. When she’s not conducting, she loves to hike, perform music herself, or travel. Her inspiration is Gemma New, Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Director of the St. Louis Youth Symphony Orchestra. She is looking forward to meeting the fabulous orchestra, band, and guitar students and making music. 

Brooke McPhee

Recently graduated from Missouri State University and throughout her education was able to observe and work in many classrooms as well as work as a substitute teacher. She will also be joining our Special Education team here at East as well as coaching softball and basketball. When she’s not in the classroom you can find her running, playing with her dogs, hanging out with family, or at the lake. She mentions that her mom is her biggest inspiration. “She is a Kindergarten teacher at Hawthorn Elementary. She always gives 110% and will do anything for her students. She is a leading example of everything a teacher should be. She is also an amazing mother and best friend. She has always been there for me and taught me that no dream is too big.”  She is looking forward to helping both her students and athletes succeed. She cannot wait to watch them grow as learners and leaders. 

Jordan Fuqua

Just finished her Masters in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Missouri. She completed many clinical opportunities with school aged students as well as a full time outplacement in the school setting. She will be East High’s new SLP as well as the Freshman Cheer coach. She explains that her best teaching memory was ‘meeting my high school SLP because she was the first person to explain stuttering to me and understood what I was going through. She is the person who made me want to become a SLP!’ When she’s not in the classroom you can find her getting food or coffee, making something for her students, or coaching cheer.