St. Teresa's Academy
5600 Main Street
Kansas City MO 64113-1298
This aerial photograph shows the Windmoor Campus at St. Teresa's Academy.
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 501-0011
Fax 816- 523-0232
Mission Statement
St. Teresa’s Academy educates young women to think critically, encourages them through Catholic values to love the dear neighbor without distinction, and empowers them to change the world.
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Siabhan May-Washington
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Connor Esq
Board Chair Company Affiliation AMC Theatres
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1866
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

St. Teresa’s Academy welcomes donor and volunteer support and will work with potential donors to identify giving areas that address areas of interest or funding focuses. Giving makes a significant difference in the education of the young women of St. Teresa’s Academy, including:

  • Enhancing curriculum, programs, technology, and faculty development initiatives.
  • Providing financial assistance through scholarships, discounts, and financial aid.
  • Improving and maintaining the school’s facilities to remain at the forefront of educational advancements.

All forms of charitable giving are accepted, including cash, appreciated securities, credit cards (online or in person), and transfer of property. The “Giving” webpage on the St. Teresa’s Academy website outlines a full range of giving options.

Please contact Megan Schaefer, Director of Development and Marketing, at or 816-501-0011 ext. 234 to discuss your interests and recognition options.

Financial Summary
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Mission Statement St. Teresa’s Academy educates young women to think critically, encourages them through Catholic values to love the dear neighbor without distinction, and empowers them to change the world.
Background Statement

St. Teresa’s Academy is the oldest school, women’s organization, and Catholic institution in Kansas City, Missouri. The school was founded and is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The Sisters of St. Joseph, since their formation in 17th century France, have been at the forefront of education, and preparing young women for their futures.
St. Teresa’s Academy was established in 1866 and rapidly grew in enrollment. By 1909, the Sisters relocated the school to its current location, a 20-acre site at 5600 Main Street, in the heart of the Brookside/South Plaza neighborhoods of Kansas City. They dubbed the campus “Windmoor” due to the constant wind blowing across the open prairie.
The Windmoor campus is home to four buildings. The historic Music and Arts Building was built in 1909, followed by Donnelly Hall, Goppert Center, and, most recently, the Windmoor Center, which houses the Chapel of St. Joseph. Sitting below the quad lays the McDonnell Family Sports Complex, featuring premier space for track & field, softball, soccer, and lacrosse.
During the 2018-2019 school year, the St. Teresa’s Academy community was introduced to new state-of-the-art educational spaces and tools in the Goppert Center and throughout campus. This $11 million investment demonstrates the long-standing commitment at St. Teresa’s to remain a prominent leader in high school education. Improvements included the Fahey Learning Center; a new Makerspace and Engineering Lab; and the Campus Ministry Department, located in the heart of campus.
St. Teresa’s is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school accredited by the North Central Association AdvancED. Committed to excellence in the education of young women, the Academy offers a rigorous academic curriculum combined with the latest technology, competitive athletic teams, award-winning fine arts programs, and a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities – all founded on the cornerstones of Catholic faith.

Impact Statement
Recent achievements include:
1. College matriculation remained strong, with 98% of the class of 2019 entering a 4-year college or university.
2. The composite ACT average of the class of 2019 was 26 (the national average was 21).
3. In March 2019, STA earned a near perfect accreditation score during the most recent process. STA received an Index of Education Quality (IEQ) score of 387, out of 400 possible points. St. Teresa’s has been accredited by the North Central Association/AdvancED every year since 1923.
4. STA became the second all-female school in the United States and the second school in Missouri or Kansas to earn AdvancED Certification for Excellence in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Education. This achievement is a mark of STEM distinction and excellence only offered to highly effective institutions that recognize STEM education as a path to success.
5. STA was approved to award the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy to qualified students of French, Latin and Spanish. This program recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing one or more languages in addition to English.
Goals for the current year include:
1. Maintain high levels of college matriculation, ACT scores, and merit-based scholarship offers within STA graduates.
2. Continue to evaluate and expand the rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with an emphasis on STEAM to ensure students receive an education that will successfully prepare them for the ever-changing world. Fifteen new courses were introduced during the 2019-2020 school year.
3. Continue to cultivate an inclusive, welcoming environment that reflects and respects the values of a diverse environment, including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, faith, and culture.
4. Increase tuition assistance funding through the endowment, and scholarship opportunities, including the CSJ Scholars program.
Needs Statement
The five most pressing needs of St. Teresa’s Academy include:
1. Operational support to help fill the gap between the actual cost of educating each student at St. Teresa’s, and the tuition set for students to attend. Without this tuition gap, the number of families who could afford to educate their daughters at the Academy would be restricted further.
2. Financial Assistance Support for students demonstrating financial need continues to be a priority. For the 2019-2020 school year, St. Teresa’s offered more than $1.1 million in scholarships, discounts and financial aid to more than 54% of the student body.
3. Support of Strategic Planning Initiatives, including promoting diversity and inclusion within the student body and faculty/staff, require support. For details, please contact Megan Schaefer, Director of Development and Marketing, at 816-501-0011 ext. 234.
4. Support for faculty/staff enrichment helps in the retention of educators and allows for St. Teresa’s to remain on the forefront of educational trends.
5. Support for capital improvements and campus maintenance helps to preserve the historic campus to remain a prominent leader in high school education.
Service Categories
Secondary & High Schools
Youth Development Programs
Roman Catholic
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
Geographic Area Served Narrative St. Teresa’s Academy serves students from throughout the Kansas City metro area, drawing attendance from over 71 zip codes.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

President Siabhan May-Washington: St. Teresa’s Academy is fortunate to be supported by a dedicated Board of Directors. Together, we continue to gain ground while pursuing the objectives and action steps outlined through our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.
I am exceptionally proud of our faculty and staff who strive to educate and support the young women entering their classrooms each day. Their success is evidenced by statistics from the class of 2019, which boasts a 98% college matriculation rate and a composite ACT average of 26 (compared to a national average of 21). Graduates of the 2019 class were accepted to over 160 colleges and universities, and attended 65 different schools nationwide and abroad. Over 75% of these graduates received one or more merit-based scholarship offers.
Among the challenges of remaining a premier college-preparatory high school is raising revenue to cover the increasing cost of education. Advances in technology, curriculum, and facilities within education lead to ongoing investments in the campus, tools, and curriculum to best serve our students. For example, an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) at St. Teresa’s is designed to prepare our students for the ever-changing job market. As part of the STEAM initiative, an Engineering Lab/Makerspace was introduced on campus, and course work, computers, and software are consistently reviewed to ensure students receive a leading-edge experience.
Chairman of the Board of Directors Kevin Connor: For over 153 years, St. Teresa’s Academy has cherished the privilege of educating and empowering young women to embrace their bright futures. Nourished by the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, “Love the dear neighbor and the world in which we live,” the graduates of St. Teresa’s receive outstanding preparation to succeed in their chosen education and career paths, but even more so to positively contribute to their communities and the world.
The Board of Directors and administration have been focused on completing the ambitious objectives outlined in STA’s strategic plan. Of priority are the diversity and inclusion goals, including a focus on recruitment efforts toward a diverse student body and faculty/staff. In addition, St. Teresa’s has completed a diversity and inclusion review by independent specialists. The faculty and staff are dedicated to the long-standing commitment at St. Teresa’s to remain a prominent leader in high school education.


Employers today are starving for women who are equipped with the skills needed to survive in the rapidly expanding STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math). STA is passionate about educating young women to thrive in this reality. Through STEAM-related courses, projects, and extracurricular activities, students are encouraged to take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process.
Among the STEAM initiatives benefiting students are:
*  Students work independently and collaboratively in an inquiry-based learning environment that encourages finding creative solutions to authentic and complex problems.
*  Students use technology resources to conduct research, demonstrate creative and critical thinking, and communicate and work collaboratively.
*  STEAM educators collaborate as an interdisciplinary team to plan, implement, and improve integrated STEAM-learning experiences.
Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Within the graduating class of 2018, 48% of students reached the STEM benchmark, the highest percentage in the last four years. Students develop STEAM competency through several avenues both in and out of the classroom. Over the last two years, ten new STEAM-related courses have been added to the curriculum, including three interdisciplinary Research & Design courses.
STA offers a STEAM Certificate Program, acknowledging students for their achievement and involvement STEAM-related activities. The program is designed to provide preparation and opportunities related to STEAM fields in and beyond the typical classroom day. In addition, multiple clubs and extracurriculars are offered, including a growing Robotics Team, Girls Who Code chapter, and STEM Club.
Students use technology resources to conduct research, demonstrate creative and critical thinking, and communicate and work collaboratively. STA offers a one-to-one laptop program with leading-edge software. The integrated Technology Plan is aligned with ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Standards to promote STEM Learning.

Long-Term Success St. Teresa’s Academy continues to provide its young women with the experience and knowledge necessary to be successful 21st century learners and future leaders in STEAM fields. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce. St. Teresa’s Academy offers students the opportunity to create, innovate, solve, and discover, which will allow them to accomplish extraordinary things in the STEAM professions they enter in the future. Whether students enter STEAM fields or not, they aren’t going to be afraid of it.
Program Success Monitored By

The St. Teresa’s Academy Director of Curriculum & Instruction co-chairs a STEAM Advisory Board that links STA to the broader post-secondary, business, and research communities to share best practices and to connect students with community opportunities and needs. In addition, STA utilizes a Technology Committee who works directly with administration to monitor the success of the program and make changes accordingly.
The alumnae department at St. Teresa’s works to stay in contact with graduates, tracking information such as employers, job titles, and interests. Alumnae in STEAM fields, as well as other professions, volunteer to act as eMentors for STA juniors and seniors in their career field of interest. Students learn about the daily life of a female STEM professional, discuss work/life balance, explore educational and career paths in STEM, practice professional and soft skill development, as well as potential shadowing and internship opportunities.
Examples of Program Success

In April of 2019, St. Teresa’s Academy became the second school in Missouri or Kansas and the second all-female school in the United States to earn AdvancED Certification for Excellence in STEM Education. This Certification recognizes that STA’s STEM educational programs have met the rigor and substance vital to creating and sustaining superior, student-centered STEM teaching and learning programs. 
In 2016, STA became the first all-girls and first Catholic institutional member of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS). STA participates in professional conferences, leadership summits, and STEM advocate activities. STA’s Director of Curriculum & Instruction serves as a board member and is the U.S. contact point for the international initiative.

The CSJ (Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph) Scholars Program is designed to support STA’s continuing mission to serve the dear neighbor and promote diversity within the student body, while benefiting young women in Kansas City’s underserved communities. The Program provides substantial tuition and fee assistance (up to 90% of tuition and fees), as well as a lunch stipend (new to the program), to students from Bright Futures Schools or those whom the Bright Futures Fund supports. The financial assistance continues for each Scholar’s four years at STA. 
St. Teresa’s Academy partners with the Bright Futures Fund to identify strong candidates to consider for CSJ Scholars. The Bright Futures Schools are located in Jackson County, Missouri, and have some of the highest levels of poverty in the diocese. Although academic achievement is an important factor in identifying Scholars, additional factors, such as participation in the parish/school community, and level of family support/involvement are considered.

Program Budget $122,358.00
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Eight CSJ Scholars, who might not otherwise have the financial means to attend, currently are enrolled at St. Teresa’s Academy. These CSJ Scholars are all performing very well academically. They contribute as active members in the STA community, are engaged in student leadership roles, athletics, and extracurricular activities. The student body, faculty, and staff, as well as the current CSJ Scholars, all benefit greatly from their inclusion at St. Teresa’s Academy.
Statistically, the class of 2019 boasts a 98% college matriculation rate and a composite ACT average of 26 (compared to a national average of 21). Graduates of the 2019 class were accepted to over 170 colleges and universities. Seventy-five percent of these graduates received one or more merit-based scholarship offers.

Long-Term Success

The long-term success of the CSJ Scholars will include participants who successfully graduate from St. Teresa’s Academy with an education that has prepared them in mind, body, and spirit for a 4-year college or university. Scholarships and/or financial aid for higher education will be pursued with guidance from STA’s college counseling department.
With an education from St. Teresa’s, which includes a rigorous academic curriculum combined with the latest technology, competitive athletic teams, award-winning fine arts programs, and a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities – all founded on the cornerstones of Catholic faith, CSJ Scholars will be empowered to become leaders in their chosen career paths. The founding mission established by the Sisters of St. Joseph, to “love thy dear neighbor without distinction,” will inspire Scholars to contribute to their communities and the world throughout their lives.

Program Success Monitored By

The success of the CSJ Scholars and the Program is monitored through STA’s academic counselors, academic principal, student life principal, and personal counselors, who track the CSJ Scholars’ grades and developmental progress. In addition, St. Teresa’s utilizes an advisory program. An advisory, which is similar to a homeroom, is comprised of a teacher and students from every class. Students remain with the same advisory throughout their time at St. Teresa’s. Advisors help chart academic paths, and, due to the close relationships that form, are a helpful resource in evaluating CSJ Scholars’ success.
Some CSJ Scholars may benefit from the school’s Number 1 Club. The Number 1 Club is a club for freshman students who are the only student from their grade school class to attend STA. The club provides these new students the opportunity to meet and get to know other students who may not have any previous friendships or acquaintances with classmates at the start of high school.

Examples of Program Success

The CSJ Scholar Program began five years ago, therefore, the first two Scholars graduated in May 2019. One graduate was named as the 2019 salutatorian. She attends Stanford University. Upon graduation, the other graduate earned a cumulative GPA of 96.95, and an ACT score of 30. She attends the University of Nebraska. During their time at St. Teresa’s, both Scholars were active members of the community, were engaged in leadership roles, athletics, and extracurricular activities.
Among the accomplishments of one CSJ Scholar graduate:
*  Elected co-president of the Social Justice Club
*  Held a leadership position on Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
*  Selected to the Missouri Scholars Academy – a three-week academic residential program for 330 of Missouri’s gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year in high school.
*  Played on the varsity softball and track & field teams
All Scholars embrace the STA community through their academic success and involvement.


St. Teresa’s Academy offers a wide variety of clubs, organizations, and sports programs to help students explore their interests, meet new friends, and stay involved at STA. Leadership skills, competitiveness, and creativity may be revealed when students are actively engaged in activities they find fun and interesting. Over 50 clubs, extracurriculars, and teams are offered, including:
*  World Cultures
*  Healthy Living
*  Drama Club
*  Future Business Leaders of America
*  Kansas City Interfaith Youth Alliance
*  Social Justice Club
*  Graphic Design Club
*  Creative Writing Club
*  Girls Who Code
*  Inclusion Project
*  G.I.V.E. (Get Involved. Value Everyone)
STA boasts 11 team sports, which are highly competitive, frequently rising to district, sectional, and state championships. Many athletes have been recruited to continue playing at the college level. STA students have been represented in intercollegiate athletics over the past 27 consecutive years.

Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Activities
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

As a result of participating in extracurricular activities at St. Teresa’s Academy, students explore their areas of interest, receive leadership opportunities, develop their interpersonal skills, and prepare themselves for future endeavors. Although direct attribution is not possible, statistically, St. Teresa’s exhibits the positive results that participation in extracurricular activities is proven to provide (college acceptance and attendance rates, and composite ACT averages, for example).

Long-Term Success

The Alliance for Student Activities is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of student activities. The organization has compiled the most current research, dialogue, and thinking about the impact of co-curricular activities on student performance. The results of their compilation include that participation in student activities increases students' standardized test scores, GPAs, graduation rates, college acceptance rates, and college success rates.
Data from the 2018/2019 academic year indicates that nearly 100% of St. Teresa’s students participate in one or more extracurricular activities, and, historically, participation has tracked at similarly high levels. Long-term success would include college matriculation levels that remain at 98-100%, composite ACT average scores that rise above the national average, as well as above-average attendance rates.

Program Success Monitored By

The overall participation levels of extracurricular activities, as well as the number of participants within each individual club, activity, and sports team monitor success. Each activity’s goals, structure, accomplishments, and participant feedback are continually evaluated by faculty members (or coaches) who are assigned to oversee each extracurricular program.

Examples of Program Success

Success achieved through recent extracurricular activities includes:
*  Three freshman teams from STA swept the 2019 Missouri State eCybermission competition, winning First and Second Places, and Honorable Mention.
*  Nine out of 10 STA students medaled in their event at the DECA District Competition, and five out of 10 students moved on to compete at the state level. DECA is a nonprofit student organization designed to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
*  Twenty-one STA girls received awards at the MSHSAA District Solo Ensemble Music Festival. All girls awarded the EXEMPLARY Rating advanced to the MSHSAA State Solo Ensemble Music Festival.
*  Eleven 2019 graduates committed to play intercollegiate sports at ten different colleges, in addition to six 2018 graduates who committed to play at six different colleges.
*  STA’s sports teams are highly competitive, frequently rising to district, sectional, and state championships. 


The St. Teresa’s Academy Service Program is based on the belief that it is essential for young women to take personal responsibility for the world. Guided by the mission established by STA’s sponsors, the Sisters of St. Joseph, through hand-on experiences, students are exposed to the practice of loving the dear neighbor without distinction. Students are challenged to expose themselves to some aspect of the community they would not necessarily meet otherwise. As a result, each student must complete 90 hours of community service before graduation.
Students spend one week during their junior and senior years serving at an approved area organization of their choosing. Sixty hours of community service are completed during these two service weeks, and the remaining 30 hours must be served during the student’s own time. The project must be one in which the majority of time is spent dealing directly with the people the agency serves. This intense experience is designed to allow students to recognize, appreciate, and respect the gifts present in their own lives, while instilling the desire to reach out and help make the world a safer and more caring place.
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Activities
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

During the 2018/2019 academic year, over 50 Kansas City-area agencies benefited from the St. Teresa’s Academy Service Program. During the same period, members of the junior and senior classes volunteered over 25,000 hours of community service benefiting multitudes of people in need.

Long-Term Success
One analysis that examined data from the National Education Longitudinal Study found that students who are civically engaged tend to perform better in subjects such as reading, history, science, and mathematics. Researchers found that community service enhanced students’ problem-solving skills, improved their ability to work within a team, and enabled them to plan more effectively.
An article titled, “Students Can Benefit from Participation in Community Service Studies Show,” ( reported, “Another benefit of community service is that young people are far more likely to remain engaged when they can see that their participation is effecting change. This helps them to realize that they are able to make useful contributions to society through service and social action.”
Other benefits of experiencing community service at the high school level:
*  Exposes teens to diversity and multiculturalism.
*  Provides an opportunity to apply academic learning to real human needs.
Program Success Monitored By

STA’s Director of Campus Ministry/Service oversees the St. Teresa’s Academy Service Program. Service Contracts are filled out and signed by each student, showing their commitment to complete 90 hours of service and their chosen agency. Students must complete and turn in time cards, which are signed by agency representatives, after completing each phase of their service.
Students fill out a survey regarding their experiences at their agency after each phase of the program. During Service Week, members of STA’s faculty/staff visit each service agency to interview the STA volunteers and the agency’s representative to ensure everyone has the support they need. The results of the surveys and interviews are used to adjust the program or address immediate questions or concerns.

Examples of Program Success

Among the examples of STA graduates who continue to give back to their communities is Katie Tampke, an STA graduate from the class of 2014. Katie recently served as an intern for the Liberia Mental Health Program established by the Carter Center. The Carter Center was founded by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, and is “guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering.“ Katie stated, “It is our responsibility to ensure that we are truly serving the dear neighbor and not just serving ourselves.”
Caroline Connor, class of 2012, served a 27-month term with the Peace Corps, teaching children on a small island in the Indian Ocean how to speak English. The Peace Corps states its mission is to provide a “service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges.” Caroline joined the Peace Corps after graduating from the University of Kansas in 2016.

St. Teresa’s Academy offers a wide variety of summer camps for girls in grades 1-12. STA Summer Camps include sports, art, and courses for credit. Summer Camps are designed to be fun and exciting, while also developing skills and knowledge. Fees for camp sessions range from $105 to $375.
Summer enrichment opportunities include STEAM-related and sports camps:
*  Art Workshop Camp: Campers create projects in clay, silk painting, and fabric dying.
*  Clay Camp: Campers learn several hand-building methods and the basics of throwing on the potter’s wheel.
*  Marshall Music Camp: All participants have the opportunity to explore in a creative space that encourages self- expression.
*  Basketball Camp
*  Cross Country Camp
*  Track & Field Camp
*  Volleyball Camp
*  Tennis Camp
*  Softball Camp
*  Soccer Camp
*  Golf Camp
*  Lacrosse Camp
*  Sports Performance Training


Category Education, General/Other Summer School
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Based on attendance figures and participant (or parent) feedback, the St. Teresa’s Academy Summer Enrichment Program has appreciated great success. The camps continue to be developed and evolve based on participant/parent demand, as well as educational trends and faculty inspirations.

Long-Term Success Long-term success of the St. Teresa’s Academy Summer Enrichment Program includes campers who have gained knowledge, skills, entertainment, and friendships (and course credit, in some cases) through their participation in their chosen camp. For parents, the program provides a productive, entertaining activity to help fill their children’s summer breaks. In addition, for girls in grades 1-8, participation provides exposure to the St. Teresa’s campus and members of the faculty and/or coaching staff. This exposure allows familiarity and a degree of confidence if returning to STA for their high school years.
Program Success Monitored By

The success of the Summer Enrichment Program is monitored by:
*  Tallying attendance figures at all Summer Camps
*  Soliciting feedback from program participants (or parents)
*  Administrative staff regularly observe programs and provide constructive, instructive feedback to faculty
*  Monitoring social media outlets for comments and feedback



Examples of Program Success

Based on attendance and feedback, the Summer Enrichment Program at St. Teresa’s Academy continues to be a popular choice for girls in the Kansas City area. There are many examples of campers who have benefited from sports camps to maintain and hone their skills, then have proceeded to tryout and become team members once a freshman at St. Teresa’s. Similarly, the STEAM-related camps have provided campers with exposure to course preferences that offer greater direction in academic choices upon entering high school.    

CEO Comments
STEAM Initiative: In April of 2019, St. Teresa’s Academy became the second school in Missouri or Kansas and the second all-female school in the United States to earn AdvancED Certification for Excellence in STEM Education. The Certification process provided a rigorous evaluation and continuous improvement process, supported by research-based tools and resources. Achieving high scores across the indicators certifies that students have been equipped and trained to be innovative, creative, and systematic problem-solvers across disciplines.
Opportunities available to STA students to enhance their education include an expansive STEAM curriculum, community partnerships with professionals in STEAM fields, and state-of-the-art facilities and technology.
CSJ Scholars: The Board of Directors and faculty/staff of St. Teresa’s Academy are committed to the success of the CSJ Scholars program. This program speaks directly to a key component of the St. Teresa’s Academy mission and philosophy since its founding in 1866. The STA community values and embraces a racially, culturally, ethnically, geographically and economically diverse student body and school community. 
Raising dedicated funds to support the CSJ Scholars program, as well as scholarships and the endowment, can provide challenges. We are grateful for the devoted base of St. Teresa’s Academy donors and supporters, but continue to seek project support to open doors for a college-preparatory education to students in need. St. Teresa’s is actively looking for sponsors to help support CSJ Scholars and other opportunities, and would love to talk about your special interests. To discuss, please contact Megan Schaefer, Director of Development and Marketing, at 816-501-0011 ext. 234 or
Summer Enrichment Program:  Project support of the St. Teresa’s Academy Summer Enrichment Program would open the doors to STA Summer Camps to families with financial need. Through support, Enrichment Program fees would be covered for girls who might not otherwise have the means to attend. Campers would benefit from the educational, active, and entertaining activities planned. In addition, the Board, faculty and staff of St. Teresa’s Academy welcome the opportunity to reach out to new and diverse audiences. Please contact Megan Schaefer, Director of Development and Marketing, for more information at 816-501-0011 ext. 234 or
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Siabhan May-Washington
Term Start July 2019
In July 2019, Dr. Siabhan May-Washington became the 25th president of St. Teresa's Academy. Dr. May-Washington brings to St. Teresa’s over 30 years of educational experience. Previously, she served as the Assistant Principal of Faculty Development at Pembroke Hill Upper School. She worked as an educator at Pembroke Hill since 2003, including holding the position of Chair of the English Department for several years.  In addition to her Pembroke responsibilities, she taught as a part-time adjunct professor for Park University’s Graduate Education School.
Dr. May-Washington graduated from UMKC with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She earned a Master’s in English Curriculum from UMKC and a Master’s in Education Administration from Park University. She was awarded a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Baker University. Dr. May-Washington is one of the few teachers in the Kansas City area to have received a National Board Certification in English.
Former CEOs
Ms. Nan Tiehen Bone M.A.-
Dr. Faith Wilson Ph.D.Jan 1997 - July 2007
Senior Staff
Title Principal for Academic Affairs

Barbara McCormick brought over twenty years of experience in education with her when she joined St. Teresa's Academy in 2009. She most recently served as principal of Our Lady of Peace School. Additionally, she has held positions as a teacher, technology professional, assistant principal, and as North Central Accreditation Council representative for the state of Missouri.

Title Principal of Student Affairs

Dr. Liz Baker obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Central Missouri. Dr. Baker went on to earn a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame through the ACE Leadership Program, and then an educational specialist degree from the University of Central Missouri. She holds a doctorate degree from UMKC in educational administration.

Dr. Liz Baker has 15 years teaching and three years administrative experience at the secondary level. She most recently was an administrator of a PreK through 8th school for 12 years. With over thirty years of educational experience, Dr. Baker has led professional development in the fields of curriculum, integration and classroom management. She is currently an adjunct professor at UMKC in the Educational Leadership doctorate program.

Paid Full-Time Staff 81
Paid Part-Time Staff 32
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 150
Retention Rate 13%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 84
Hispanic/Latino 13
Other 9
Other (Please Specify) 7 (combination of non-identified and chose not to identify; 2 (two or more races)
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 91
Male 22
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No

St. Teresa's Academy is committed to working with community leaders and other educational institutions to create opportunities for growth in STEAM-related fields. Since 2016, STA has partnered with Rockhurst High School to secure funding to bring educators from Exeter Mathematics Institute to the Kansas City area for professional development for middle and secondary school mathematics teachers. The Institute has served over 200 mathematics teachers from over 90 KC Metro schools in the first three years. Participating teachers represent public, charter, and private schools, as well as post-secondary institutes.
Engineers from National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and scientists from Colorado School of Mines mentored STA’s Research & Design: The Windmill Project course providing an authentic audience of renewable energy specialists.
Other collaborators/memberships include:
*  High Tech High Graduate School of Education
*  National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools
*  Kansas City Tech Council
*  BioNexus KC
*  North Central Association/AdvancED
*  National Catholic Education Association
*  National Association of Secondary School Principals
*  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
*  National Association for College Admission Counseling
External Assessment and Accreditations
North Central Association of Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement - Accreditation1923
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Connor Esq
Company Affiliation AMC Theatres
Term Sept 2015 to Sept 2021
Board Members
Sr. Helen Alder CSJSt. Therese Little Flower Parish
Ms. Kiran ChandraKansas City Hospice & Palliative Care
Mr. Kevin Connor Esq.AMC Theatres
Mr. Doug FielderAsurion
Ms. Laura FoleyCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Jon HadenLathrop & Gage
Ms. Kathy JantschAmerican Century Funds
Mr. Mark KistlerCapital Group/American Funds
Sr. Marilyn Lott CSJNazareth Living Center
Mr. Joe MassmanKCUMB
Sr. Rose McLarney CSJRestorative Justice
Ms. Lucy McShaneMcShane & Brady LLC
Ms. Susan Parra-ClementsSoftVu
Dr. Marion PiersonVillage Pediatrics, LLC
Ms. Ann Tierney ProchnowCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Kathy Walter-Mack J.D.Focus Consulting LLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 84%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Academic Affairs
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $9,145,880
Projected Expenses $8,983,822
Endowment Value $7,897,428
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 4
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2019, 2018, 2017: Financial data reported using audited financial statements.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201920182017
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$585,852$482,404$582,210
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$35,255$94,834$35,317
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201920182017
Program Expense$9,011,850$8,336,608$7,934,605
Administration Expense$782,957$610,331$856,439
Fundraising Expense$375,606$456,586$435,685
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.181.151.63
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%89%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201920182017
Total Assets$36,159,183$39,227,981$33,187,677
Current Assets$1,836,948$2,751,607$5,914,170
Long-Term Liabilities$1,045,412$7,311,499$704,080
Current Liabilities$1,335,414$1,988,237$2,011,865
Total Net Assets$33,778,357$31,916,482$30,471,732
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201920182017
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.381.382.94
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201920182017
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%19%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201920182017
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose

The Academy 150 Capital Campaign ensures that students and faculty benefit from the most advanced educational tools and spaces to learn, study, exercise, and grow in faith. Enhancements include the new Fahey Learning Center, Makerspace/Engineering Lab (strengthening STA's emphasis on STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), Campus Ministry Department, Outdoor Commons, and athletic spaces. The expanded, state-of-the-art facilities, representing an $11 million investment to the school’s Goppert Center and throughout campus, were opened in the spring of 2018.
In addition to building enhancements, campus preservation and endowment remain important components to the Academy 150 Capital Campaign. The campus preservation fund will ensure the land, trees, and statues on the historic Windmoor Campus are cared for and maintained for generations to come.

Goal $15,000,000.00
Dates May 2016 to Jan 2022
Amount Raised to Date $11,744,734.00 as of Oct 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
Admissions Viewbook2019View
Annual Report2018View
Organization Name St. Teresa's Academy
Address 5600 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 641131298
Primary Phone (816) 501-0011
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Siabhan May-Washington
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Connor Esq
Board Chair Company Affiliation AMC Theatres
Year of Incorporation 1866