General Studies Faculty

Dr. Brad Heger

General Studies Education Director

Dr. Brad Heger is a native St. Louisan with over 42 years of experience in the classroom and in educational administration. He has an undergraduate teaching degree in English from St. Louis University, a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. He has served in both the Ladue Public School System and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis Catholic Schools, as teacher and administrator, before joining Yeshivat Kadimah as General Studies Education Director.

Dr. John Antognoli


John J. Antognoli was a faculty member of the UM-St. Louis Mathematics and Computer Science Department
from 1974 to 2014.  He has taught college students and computer professionals and consulted for Boeing,
McDonell Douglas, Union Electric, and Amdocs.  He enjoys teaching, duplicate bridge, traveling, and
bicycle riding. 

Wayne Dugge


Wayne Dugge graduated from Augustana College with a BA in Bio and SIU Edwardsville with a MS in biology and secondary education.  Although he taught the majority of his 46 year teaching career at Block Yeshiva High School and Visitation Academy, he currently is an adjunct for UMSL and St. Louis Community College as well as teaching at Bais Yaakov and MTI. 

Lisa Elstro


Lisa Elstro was born and raised in Chesterfield and attended Parkway Central High School. She earned her undergraduate degree in secondary education with an emphasis in mathematics from Indiana University. Lisa obtained her Master's degree in education from Maryville University. Previously she taught 8th grade math for three years at Ladue Middle School followed by three years at Ladue Horton Watkins High School teaching Algebra 1, Geometry and Trigonometry. In 2009 Lisa opted to stay home to raise her two daughters while being a private math tutor and working as a consultant for Norwex, a direct sales company.

Debbi Goldstein

Mathematics, Drama

Debbi has been teaching high school mathematics for 22 years and is now working at Kadimah teaching PreCalculus and Drama, while also teaching a course at St. Louis Community College and Saint Louis University. Debbi has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary mathematics Education from Boston University and Master’s in Instructional Technology from Salem State College. She enjoys singing with her temple choir and being with her three children and husband in her time off.

Jeff Kopolow

Social Studies

Jeff Kopolow's educational career began at West Ladue Junior High School in 1966, teaching American Government and American History. He moved to Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 1979, where he taught American Government, American History, Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics, and Advanced Placement Macro Economics along with other elective courses. He also coached Speech Debate and the high school's mock trial team. After retiring in 2005, Mr. Kopolow has continued in education as an online instructor and curriculum author for MU High School. He is in his third term on the Ladue School Board, having served as President in his past term. In addition, Mr. Kopolow is a docent at the Missouri History Museum, where he has also been a co-author of two museum-based education programs. He is part of the Urban Museum Collaborative, which has produced an award-winning instructional program utilizing three small local museums. Mr. Kopolow earned A.B. And M.A. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, and has done additional graduate work at Webster University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Vaughan Morrill III


Vaughan Morrill III received his education at Saint Louis Country Day School, Harvard College, and Washington University. He earned a Bachelors Degree from Washington University and a Master of Science degree from University of Missouri Saint Louis. He has taught high school science a total of 36 years at Saint Louis Public Schools, Wellston, John F. Kennedy High School, and Brightmont Academy. He makes his home in Olivette with his wife and family.

Catherine Russell


Cathy Russell grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Duke University with a degree in English. She earned her Masters degree in education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She began her career as Dr. Heger’s student teacher at Ladue High School in the spring of 1985. Mrs. Russell then taught at Ladue full-time for thirty-three years. While at LHWHS, her favorite courses were AP English: Language and Composition, and Film Analysis. She and her husband, Jeff, enjoy attending concerts, visiting family, and playing pickleball.

Patricia Smith Sanders


A native of St. Louis and an educator for over 40 years, Patricia Smith Sanders is a product of the St. Louis Public Schools and Harris Teachers College.  Her diverse teaching experiences include preschool, elementary, and secondary levels, urban, rural, and suburban demographics, and underachieving students as well as gifted ones. She began teaching elementary school in 1966 in the St. Louis Schools for a year, but when her husband began his military career, they moved to Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine where she taught as a substitute teacher until their transfer to Whiteman AFB in Knob Noster, Missouri. There she taught Head Start in Warrensburg, directed a preschool on the base, and later taught English and Social Studies at Knob Noster Junior High. Returning to St. Louis, Sanders became the first African American teacher in the Parkway Schools in 1971 where she taught English at Parkway Central Junior High.  In 1973, Sanders began a 32-year tenure in the Ladue Schools, first teaching English at East Ladue Junior High and six years later at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. For three years, beginning in 1987, she taught at the Missouri Scholars Academy at the University of Missouri-Columbia, an intense summer institute for gifted sophomores from all over the state. At Ladue High School, she wrote curriculum for underachieving students, developed and taught an African-American Studies course, coached the award-winning high school dance team, and chaired the English department. In 2001, Sanders was awarded Teacher of the Year for the high school. In 2005, upon her retirement, the “Spirit of Inclusion Scholarship” was established and named in her honor. Since retirement, as an educational consultant she has presented workshops on topics that cover understanding African American students, teaching African American literature, closing the achievement gap, and creating equitable classrooms. In addition, since 2008 she has facilitated inclusion training classes for Edward Jones at their headquarter campuses in St. Louis, MO, Tempe, AZ, and Mississauga, Ontario Canada.

Terri Schnitzer

Learning Consultant

Terri Schnitzer is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Webster University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master’s of Science in Special Education from the University of Kansas. She teaches several undergraduate courses at Webster and supervises special education Apprentice Teachers. Terri has taught elementary through high school levels in area public schools. Her interest lies in preparing students with disabilities for the transition to post-secondary education and has conducted workshops on this topic. She coaches students in organizational and executive functioning, and leads the Kadimah Learning Differences Inclusion Project.

Ellen Summa


Ellen Summa graduated from Washington University with a BA in biology. She taught Earth Science and Biology at Ladue Schools for 28 years. She currently is also teaching Genetics and Forensics part time at Grand Center Arts Academy in St. Louis.

Eugene Vorobeychik

Computer Science and Engineering

Yevgeniy Vorobeychik is an associate professor of computer science at the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a senior member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). As a faculty member within the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, he has been recognized for his achievements in the field of artificial intelligence, and for his long-term participation in the AAAI.

Dr. Bernard Waxman


Dr. Bernard Waxman is a retired professor from the Department of Computer Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he taught and did research in computer science. He served as department chair for six years and later as acting dean of the School of Engineering. Dr. Waxman has degrees in mathematics from Washington University and the University of Illinois and a doctorate in computer science from Washington University. Before becoming a member of the Department of Computer Science at SIUE, he taught high school mathematics for several years and was the co-owner of a professional photographic laboratory.

Robert Westerholt


Bob Westerholt is a native St. Louisan.  A graduate of St. Louis University High School, he attended St. Louis University and University of Missouri-St. Louis.  He has a BSEd in Social Studies with a major in Psychology and earned his MEd in Instructional Technology. Bob just “retired” after 27 years in the Ladue School District; five years at Ladue Middle School and the remainder at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. Bob has taught US History, World History, Psychology, Advanced Placement Psychology, Sociology and many other social studies offerings. He piloted the Advanced Placement Psychology program and has been involved in AP grading as a reader and table leader for the last eight years.

Please reload

8645 Old Bonhomme Road ​ 

St. Louis,  Missouri 63132  ​

tel   314.942.3166

Beneficiary Agency of 

© 2016 Yeshivat Kadimah High School