We are experienced, certified teachers who believe education is about the whole child.

As a team, we provide a safe, high-quality, nurturing environment for your child to learn.


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Dr. Elizabeth Watson


Ph.D., M.Ed., University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S., Stephens College

Elizabeth Watson is the director of The Children’s School at Stephens College and continues to work with preservice teachers as the Education Program Chair. Her passion for education has been shaped over the past 20 years as a classroom teacher in both preschool and elementary and as an instructor in the college classroom. She started her career at Stephens College as an undergraduate student and received her early childhood degree and teaching certification. After her first year of teaching, she continued her education at the University of Missouri and received her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading. Later she earned her PhD at the University of Missouri in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum with an emphasis in Reading. 


Danyelle Doak

Danyelle Doak became a CSSC parent in 2020 and was thoroughly impressed with the program. This experience led her to decide to join the team in spring 2023.  With a wealth of experience spanning over 15 years in administration support roles, she brings valuable expertise to the organization.




Preschool Teachers

Stephanie Thompson Stilley

B.S. in Education; M.Ed. in Curriculum + Instruction

Stephanie Stilley has 27 years of teaching experience with the Hannibal Public Schools which included pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, second, third, fifth grade, and Title I reading. She also served 3 years as an Education Administrator with Head Start and Early Head Start. This is Stephanie’s first year as a preschool teacher with the Children’s School at Stephens College.



Taylor Midgley

B.S. in Education, M.Ed. in Curriculum + Instruction

Taylor Midgley received her Bachelor of Science in Education in 2012 and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Taylor has been teaching preschool at The Children’s School at Stephens College since 2013. She has a passion for early childhood development and believes the key to unlocking a child’s full potential is through developing a safe, nurturing, and loving learning environment. 




Lauren Huskey

B.S. in Education

Lauren Huskey received her Bachelor of Science in Education this past spring, this is her first year as a preschool teacher with The Children’s School. She has a passion for fostering a love of learning with her students and believes that building positive relationships is important for their success. 



Elementary Teachers

Rachel LaMear

M.Ed. in Curriculum + Instruction, certified in Elementary Education

Rachel LaMear teaches kindergarten through fifth-grade students in the multiage elementary classroom. In the education department, she teaches Introduction to the Teaching-Learning Process, Explorations in Education, and Integrating the Arts in Education, as well as mentors preservice teachers in student teaching and practicum experiences. She is a teacher consultant for the Missouri Writing Project Network and is passionate and curious about where language and literacies intersect identity and cultural awareness. She holds both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Stephens College. Originally from Colorado, she enjoys hiking and climbing fourteeners. 



Peter LaMear