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Kori Cook

Kori Cook

Position: Teacher grades K-2
Phone: (314) 993-1807
Email: korilgrose@yahoo.com

Education

Highest Degree: Master of Arts
Major Field: Reading
College Where Earned: Webster University
Year Earned: 2013

Biography

Kori Cook graduated from Pacific Union College with her BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Education. In 2013 she graduated with her Master’s in Reading from Webster University. After graduating college in 2001 she taught at Louisville Jr. Academy in Louisville, KY for 4 years in a multi-grade classroom. In 2005 she moved to St. Louis and had the opportunity to be a substitute teacher in several area school districts. Through the years of being a substitute teaching she had the opportunity to teach and be introduced to different types of curriculum, classroom communities and teaching styles. Having attended a multi-grade SDA elementary school, Kori enjoys teaching in a place where she has the opportunity to teach students about God’s love. She also looks forward to experiencing the joys of teaching, to witness the power of learning and the fun challenges it can present.



Julie Abrahamson

Julie Abrahamson

Position: Teacher grades 3-6
Phone: (314) 993-1807
Email: julieabrahamson70@yahoo.com

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelors of Education
Major Field: Elementary Education
College Where Earned: Union College
Year Earned: May 1992

Biography

Julie Abrahamson grew up in a farming community in Southern Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has 27 years of teaching experience in the Adventist School System. She has taught in multi-grade classrooms in Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, and Florida. She and her husband Kevin have been blessed with three amazing children. Jessica Trana, their oldest, is married to Brett, and teaches 4th grade at Sawgrass Adventist School in Plantation, Florida. Their daughter, Kassie will be in 8th grade and son Brody will be in 5th grade this school year.
Julie enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with family. Her passion is teaching and leading her students to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.



Melissa Morris

Melissa Morris

Position: Principal and Teacher grades 7-9
Phone: (314) 993-1807
Email: mmorris.teach@gmail.com

Certifications

Adventist Teaching Certificate
Junior High Education Endorsement

Education

Highest Degree: Bachelors of Science
Major Field: Elementary Education
College Where Earned: University of Missouri St. Louis
Year Earned: 2010

Biography

Melissa is a graduate of the University of Missouri St. Louis. After graduation, she taught grades 1-4 at Hillcrest. Melissa took the role of Principal and teacher in 2012 and is currently teaching grades 7-9. Before returning to Hillcrest, Mrs. Morris was a substitute teacher for the Pattonville school district for two years. Before that, she led the Pathfinder program at Central for six years, which is how she discovered her love for teaching and decided to pursue her degree in elementary education. Because Mrs. Morris attended Hillcrest through her entire primary school years, she is personally invested in the vibrancy and success of Hillcrest. She is thrilled to return to her Alma Mater as an educator to help create the scholastic and spiritual environment under which she flourished.