Fifth and Sixth Class

Sandy Ahlheim


A believer in the proverb, “Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand,” Sandy is dedicated to having students work and learn in her classroom though observation and investigation – just as actual scientists do. Sandy grew up loving science and always wanted to be a teacher. While dissecting a cat in high school anatomy and physiology class, tshe made the connection between a passion for science and a desire to teach.

For more than 23 years, Sandy has been sharing that passion with her students. She has enjoyed sharing her love of science with middle school students. Sandy holds a degree in elementary education from Saint Louis University and is certified in elementary education and middle school science education. She believes in helping each student to be proficient in science by performing investigations in order to make learning authentic. She works hard to incorporate STEM into the classroom by providing opportunities to develop engineering practices whereby students apply what they know about math and science to solve a problem and work collaboratively.

“I appreciate middle school students because they are fearless when it comes to trying new things in the science lab. Every day is an adventure in questioning, designing, creating, collecting, observing and communicating in the lab.”

As a Sacred Heart educator, Sandy has been active with the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. She has served as co-chair of the Sacred Heart Commission on Goals (SCHOG), a member of the SHCOG visiting team at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston, chair of the Keepers of the Flame committee at ASH, and a member of the Action Plan Committee. She has also participated in Summer Network Service projects at Academy of the Sacred Heart – Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and was a member of the planning committee for the Roots that Gives Us Wings Conference held during the summer of 2017.

Sandy and her husband, an Academy alumnus, have three children who are also graduates of the Academy. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Laura Craig

Literature and Writing

Laura began her college education at University of Missouri, Columbia and completed a bachelor’s in education with a reading specialization at University of Houston, Clear Lake, Texas. She continued working on a master’s program in curriculum instruction at U of H, Houston.

Twelve years of creating and publishing two syndicated newspaper features, Fun-n-Facts for Brain-iacs and Brain-Boost, as well as four years writing a weekly education column, honed her writing skills

She credits ten years as an Odyssey of the Mind and Destination Imagination coach, problem captain, judge and board member with enhancing her high energy, hands-on style of teaching.

Summers, Laura spends as an instructor with the Duke TIP program, at Washington University.

“Teaching is my passion. Our purpose in life is to find a way to use the talents and skills God has given us. Sharing with my students my love of literature is how I give glory to God.”

Sara Gaylor

French, PP-4

Sara has more than 25 years of experience teaching French and Spanish and maintains a passion for linguistics in general, having studied French, Spanish, German, Norwegian and Hebrew.  Sara has taught college introductory classes as a teaching assistant during her graduate studies, high school French in Grinnell, Iowa, and enjoys teaching under the auspices of the loving philosophy of Sacred Heart education.

She also loves music and singing in her church choir, reading, and cooking new and exciting cultural recipes. Sara and her husband, Mark, have two grown children, one who teaches English in France and who also studies several languages, and another who shares her mother’s excitement for education.

Megan McGraugh Horner


Megan grew up in a family that put a high priority on education. Like many teachers, Megan knew from an early age that she wanted to teach. Coming to the Academy as a student made her dream crystal clear. Not only did she want to be a teacher, but she wanted to teach at ASH.

“I knew from an early age that this was a special place. I may not have been able to verbalize it at the age of eight, but I felt the emphasis on the education of the whole child. I knew that we, the students, were not only held to a high academic standard, but we were loved, valued and respected by our teachers.”

Coupled with her passion for teaching, her love of math and science motivated her to complete high level math and science classes. After graduating summa cum laude from Saint Louis University with a B.A. in elementary education, Megan returned to the Academy as a Third Class teacher. After 24 years in Third Class she has spent the last eight years teaching Fifth and Sixth Class math. The developing independence and academic curiosity of her students excites and inspires her daily. Megan loves seeing the pieces fit together as a student’s number sense and problem-solving skills develop and the math begins to make sense. Watching the light bulb turn on, when a student has that “ah ha” moment, gives her great pleasure.

“It is an honor and privilege to spend my days with these students carrying on the mission that Philippine Duchesne brought here in 1818 and that I experienced as a student,” she says.

As an active member of her parish, Megan has played a significant role in preparing the older students for the sacrament of Confirmation. She enjoys spending time with her husband, college-age son, and extended family. Most weekends you will find her with a group of family members rooting on the Billikens or at the lake enjoying the beauty and peacefulness of the outdoors.

Tammy Strother

Religion and Social Studies

For as long as she can remember, becoming a teacher was the only thing Tammy wanted to do. “God put that mustard seed in my mind at a very young age.”

At age 17 she started college knowing the path she wanted to take. She attended the University of Missouri, St. Louis and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in elementary education. After teaching fourth grade for five years in the Francis Howell School District, Tammy spent the next 12 years as a stay-at-home mom. When deciding to return to teaching, the only place she wanted to teach was the Academy.

“When my children began attending school here, I saw that the Academy was addressing the whole child, not just the academic aspect, and I wanted to be a part of that community.”

Tammy enjoys teaching history and religion. “It is amazing how these two subjects are intertwined. Ancient civilizations and our country were formed out of religious beliefs. I consider history a form of storytelling. This gets the students’ attention and draws them in.”

Tammy considers teaching religion a privilege. “Students need to understand the Church’s teachings to feel a connection with their religion. I also want to strengthen their relationship with God through different forms of prayer, both private and communal, and through service opportunities.”

Tammy enjoys spending free time with her family and puppies, gardening and working on her house.