We are experienced, certified teachers who believe education should involve the total person, including social, emotional, physical and intellectual development.

Our breadth of knowledge and experience ensures a high-quality, nurturing environment for your child to learn.


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Elizabeth Watson


B.S. in Early Childhood, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

Elizabeth Watson is the director of The Children’s School at Stephens College and continues to work with preservice teachers. Her passion for education has been shaped over the past 18 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 from Minnesota 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. She is now ABD and will finish her doctorate at the University of Missouri in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with an emphasis in Reading. As an early childhood and elementary educator, she believes the best way to enhance learning is to provide students with hands-on experiences that will create thought-provoking experiences for students to become independent creators.


Melanie Kelley

B.S. in Psychology, M.S. in Teaching

Melanie Kelley is the administrative assistant for the Children’s School at Stephens. She has taught multiple grade levels and subjects in schools in Germany, Las Vegas, and Oklahoma.  Her passion lies in behavior intervention and social-emotional learning. Melanie is a military spouse who enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.  Melanie has a Bachelor's in Psychology and her Master's in Teaching and is seeking her Doctorate of Educational Administration and Leadership. 

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. 




Erin Bradley

B.S. in Elementary Education