Pre-Primary and Primary

Cortney Pearce

Little Acorns

Mrs. Pearce always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She loves to see the wonder in the eyes of the children, the gears turning as they experience new things, and the excitement on their faces when they understand something for the first time or at a deeper level. Mrs. Pearce loves having her three children at the Academy. “The Academy has been a blessing. When deciding to come back to work after staying home with my children, there is no place that I would rather be a teacher! I love that work feels like a family.”

In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, reading, searching for new ideas to implement and of course cheering on her kiddos in the various sports that they love!

Samantha Weiss


An elementary education major at Lindenwood University with additional early childhood education and early childhood special education certifications, Sam has spent the last seven years teaching at the Academy. Her journey at the Academy began in 2011 while in college when she joined the Academy’s Late Dismissal program. It was during this time that she fell in love with the strong community feel and educational values that she had not seen at other schools.

After graduating in 2014, Sam knew this is where she wanted to teach. She began her teaching journey at the Academy as a substitute teacher. The following year she taught Kaleidoscope for Primary through Fourth class students and served as the Late Dismissal Supervisor. As a Pre-Primary assistant teacher the following year, she was afforded the opportunity to work closely with Rose Van Voorn and learned the ins and outs of a successful early childhood program.

Sam feels fortunate to have had many roles at the Academy, but has found her passion for teaching with the school’s youngest learners. She loves their curiosity, excitement for learning and all the growth and independence she seems them achieve throughout the year. In 2017, she launched and developed the Little Acorns program for three-year-olds and has spent the last four years growing an active, engaging, and hands-on program.

Graduating with her Master of Arts in Education at Lindenwood University in May 2021, Sam is excited to begin this next school year as the Lead Pre-Primary teacher. In her free time, Sam enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active and hanging out with her dog.

Paige Murray


A St. Louis native, Paige knew at an early age that she wanted to be a teacher. After receiving her B.S. in education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, she knew she wanted to work at a school where she could touch her students’ hearts as well as their minds, and found the Academy of the Sacred Heart. After teaching first grade for five years, she took a break from her career to be a stay-at-home mom but knew she would be back one day. Paige saw what a special and loving place the Academy was, rich in traditions and history, and wanted that for her own children. She returned as a parent and then in 2006 as a teacher, and has taught kindergarten ever since.

Paige enjoys teaching young children because she loves seeing them become more independent. She also loves teaching reading and finds it very rewarding to see a child develop an interest in books. She empowers her students to take responsibility for their learning, their choices and their personal growth.

Paige enjoys trying new recipes on her family but loves going out to dinner and letting someone else do the cooking even more. She loves traveling with her husband and two children but also enjoys time at home doing projects around the house.