Meet the Instructors

Brisby Andrews – Theater

Brisby has been involved in theater in some capacity for most of her life.  As a child, she performed under the tutelage of her mother, who was a college English teacher and drama program director.  She graduated from the University of Kansas and continued to perform in various community theater groups. She began her affiliation with Young People's Theatre as a parent with two boys in the program. She has been an employee of St. Charles Community College since 2004 and is presently the artistic director of Young People's Theatre.  She loves teaching and believes theater skills are life skills that benefit every single person.

Sean Andrews – Theater

Sean is a recent graduate of Millikin University. He has since written and performed in theater, taught public school, and accompanied, choreographed, and musically directed many productions. He currently is Young People's Theatre music director and choreographer. He enjoys tackling creative challenges and tries to combine the tenets of the professional world with the education of a classroom environment.

Jack Bilow – Science

Jack has a B.A. in education from Harris-Stowe College and has been a teacher in the St. Louis Public Schools for 30 years. He was Recognized Missouri Master Teacher in 1987 and has certifications to teach middle school social studies and science. He is the instructor for Lego Robotic Camps and a Lego Robotic Classes for homeschool students. Jack is also the lead for the new SCC "First Lego League" Team.

Emily Bowers – Suzuki Violin

Emily has taught violin since 1984. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She currently plays violin at All Saints Parish in St. Peters. Her past teaching experiences include private studio teaching, lead teacher of the Missouri String Project and Suzuki Violin of Jefferson City. Emily has attended teacher training at Stevens Point, Wisc., Ottawa, Kan., Lincoln, Neb., and Indiana University. Teachers who have influenced her include William Fitzsimmons and Eva Szekely.

Christine Darling – Language

Christine is a certified French teacher with over eight years of classroom teaching experience. She has a Bachelor's degree in French and English and a Master of Arts in teaching degree in the area of foreign language education. She is currently starting a French program for sixth grade students at Andrews Academy.

Patricia Goodman-Baker – Jewelry Making

Patricia, known to all as Pattee, holds a Bachelors in Liberal Arts. She attended classes at Gemological Institute of America. She is a founding member of the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild in Michigan, where she was a board member for several years. She has taught several classes in various aspects in bead work. Pattee looks for a learning experience from her students in every class she teaches.

Tricia Maniaci – Yoga

Tricia considers herself a Jane of All Trades. She has been everything from a professional actor, camp director to college instructor and everything in-between. Besides a Master's degree in Creative Writing, a Bachelor's degree in Theater, Tricia has studied astrology for 10 years, yoga for 15 years and holds a yoga instructor certification. She has also spent numerous summers living with the Amish.

Ann Tansey – Art

Ann has a Life Teaching Certificate in art for Kindergarten-12th grade, and a B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She has experience teaching in public schools as well as teaching continuing education classes at St. Charles Continuing College. Ann is dedicated to her work as a children's art teacher.

Amanda Whitacre – Science

Amanda earned a B.S. in fisheries and wildlife with a minor in biology from University of Missouri and a M.A. in teaching middle school science from Lindenwood University. She has taught for the Missouri Department of Conservation as a temporary naturalist and has taught middle school science in the Fort Zumwalt School District since 2006. Amanda also teaches for College for All Kids.

Aminah Williams – Culinary

Aminah holds a M.A. in Professional Counseling specializing in children and family. She has a background in food service and owns a Dessert Catering Business, "Aminah's Treats Catering!" Her love for cooking started very early as she recalls helping her grandma and grandpa prepare homemade meals with lots of love for her family. Her love for children and cooking prompted her to begin teaching culinary cooking classes focusing on healthy eating to children and young adults. Her goal is to educate children about the power of eating healthy, staying fit, and have fun creating smart and healthy dishes in the kitchen. Aminah resides in the city of O' Fallon with her husband and five children.