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If you haven’t been at Priory in the last couple weeks, a new face will greet you at the front desk on the first day of school. Stephanie Kirsch, our new receptionist, and her husband Barry, our new maintenance manager, recently moved to St. Louis from South Lyon, Michigan. She takes over for Stasia Frenzel, who is now the school’s Registrar and assisting the College Counseling Office.
Stephanie grew up in Michigan and attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids with a degree in business administration. She’s also been taking graduate-level classes through the University of Phoenix, and says she’s close to obtaining her master’s degree in education and curriculum.
Before coming to Priory, she worked for the National Heritage Academies, a charter school organization in the Grand Rapids area. Over the course of 13 years, she worked at 3 different elementary schools as a secretary, office administrator and registrar.
Since moving to St. Louis, Stephanie and Barry have enjoyed biking on the various local trails. “We’ve biked a different trail every weekend,” she says. They’ve also used Groupons to learn their way around the city though its restaurants.
They have two children, Amanda, 18, and Stephen, 21. Amanda graduated from high school a year early, and is now in the army, stationed at Ft. Sam. She is also studying radiology. Stephen also served in the army, and since he is now retired, he’s working as a barista at Starbucks and starting online classes through Arizona State University in psychology.
Stephanie says she’s excited to meet the faculty, staff and families as everyone returns to campus over the next couple weeks. “I’ve been amazed at the dedication of the staff I’ve met so far,” she says. “Everybody’s been so nice and helpful, which is great after being someplace else for 13 years and having just moved to a new city and taken a new job.”