Patty Budler: Preschool Specialist
Patty joined SouthSide as the mentor teacher in October, 2010. She has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 25 years, and her experiences range from being an early childhood special education classroom teacher to providing direct, individual therapy, coordinating parent support, and supervising the early intervention department at a non-profit agency. She has also conducted numerous trainings and workshops as well as teaching college level courses in early childhood education. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in inclusion from Webster University. Patty enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles and puttering in the garden. Fun Fact: Patty grew up on a farm in rural Nebraska where she not only learned to drive a tractor, but fondly remembers her first pet, a red rooster.
Tamar Garbow: Infant-Toddler Specialist
Tamar has been the Developmental Specialist at SouthSide since January of 2016. Working in the field for over five years, Tamar holds a Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood General and Special Education/Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention from Bank Street College of Education in New York. Tamar says that she chose to join the family at SouthSide because of the unique opportunity to be in the role of Developmental Specialist, as a part of a school that focuses so deeply and thoughtfully on all areas of childhood development. Her favorite part of working at SouthSide is the collaborative and close-knit environment. Fun Fact: Tamar studied abroad in Israel for three semesters after high school!
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Monica Jestes: Office Manager
Monica has worked at SouthSide for 27 years and holds an Associate’s Degree with a focus in Early Childhood Education and Management. She also enjoys trout fishing. Fun Fact: Monica has always wanted to drive in a demolition derby.
Azra Latic: Family Advocate
Azra has been the Family Advocate at SouthSide since May of 2016 after interning in the Family Partnership Program at SouthSide via the Scholarship Foundation in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Saint Louis University and has been in social work for two years. Azra says interning at SouthSide was a great experience and she was beyond excited when she was asked to come back as a staff member! Azra’s favorite part of her job is planning events for the families. Fun Fact: Azra’s visited four countries in the last three years!
Lorena Macias: Administrative Assistant
Lorena has been a part of the family at SouthSide since November 2014. She recently graduated from Webster University with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Human Rights and a minor in Journalism and is excited to be a full-time part of the team at SouthSide! Lorena originally started at SouthSide as a volunteer, but now serves as the Administrative Assistant. She has lived in St. Louis for four years and originally comes from California. She enjoys listening to music, dancing and cooking. Fun Fact: Lorena is an expert knitter and knows how to crochet!
Franklin Petty: Food Services Coordinator