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Meet Our Staff

Take Lessons from Certified Professionals 

Chaminade employs many certified teachers that not only hold multiple degrees but have worked in their respective fields to go along with their years in the classroom. This means our students will not only learn the proper academics but will also learn the real-world applications of what they learn so they can better understand and succeed in the career opportunities that await them.
Get to know some of our teachers and how they make STEM at Chaminade a unique and special experience for our students.

Mr. Chris Salaveria

BIO:  Mr. Chris Salaveria holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign along with a Minor in Mathematics.  He is certified in the state of Missouri in teaching Mathematics for grades 5 - 12 
CLASSES:  Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics
IN HIS OWN WORDS: "Project Lead The Way Courses (PLTW) at Chaminade apply the content and skills learned in core classes for various engineering activities and projects involving problem-solving and critical thinking. Check out my YouTube channel to see my lessons and our students in action."

Mrs. Melissa Schneeberger

BIO:  Mrs. Melissa Schneeberger earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Elementary and Middle School education with a concentration in English and Mathematics. She has her masters in Educational Technology from Webster University. She is Project Lead the Way certified and has a lifetime certificate in the state of Missouri to teach elementary and middle school.
CLASSES: Computer Science for Innovators and Makers, Automation and Robotics
IN HER OWN WORDS:  "Project Lead the Way is a hands on learning experience with technology and engineering that will prepare our students for jobs that do not even exist right now. They use problem solving skills and develop higher order thinking skills to plan and execute tasks using hardware and software. Our curriculum focuses on solving real world problems while interacting with a team."
Melissa Schneeberger

Mrs. Jessica Young

BIO:  Mrs. Jessica Young received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale with an emphasis on Geophysics and Environmental Systems.  She holds a Teaching Certificate and Minor in Astronomy from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville and is Lifetime Certified in the state of Missouri in Earth and Space Sciences. 
CLASSES:  Design & Modeling, Intro to Engineering Design, Aerospace Engineering, Environmental Sustainability
IN HER OWN WORDS:  "Our Project Lead The Way courses break the mold in traditional learning.  Our students get hands-on experiences in every course they take; from 3D modeling, bridge building, robotics, rockets, and biofuels, they are always exploring and learning about our world.  Every class we offer is different and gives insight to STEM related careers.  Our goal is to elevate their curiosity and cultivate their creativity to help build a better future for themselves and for the world."