Meet the 5th Grade Team

  • Mrs. McLard, Room 19

    Educational Experiences: I have a BS from Southeast Missouri State University and will receive my Masters in Teaching from Missouri Baptist University. I am certified 1-6 Elementary and as a Library Media Specialist. This is my first year with my own classroom, but I have been in education for the last 6 years.

    Favorite Quote: "A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour" Unknown 

    I'm inspired by... people who stand up for others and never give up!

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    Mrs. Joyce, Room 21

    Educational Experiences:  I am starting my 10th year as a 5th grade teacher in the Hazelwood School District. This is my 5th year at Lusher. Before being hired as a classroom teacher, I was a substitute in the district for 2 years. 

    Favorite Quote:  "Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen"  Conan O'Brian

    I'm inspired by... the children that enter my classroom every day.

    Contact information:    618-593-1326



    Mrs. DeSilva, Room 22

    Educational Experiences:    

    • Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English
    • Masters in Education with an emphasis in multi-disciplinary studies
    • Over 18 years in education-began teaching in St. Louis City charter schools (4th, 5th, and Technology K-8)
    • 10th year teaching 5th grade at Lusher Elementary
    • Currently working on my plus 30 and early childhood certification

    Favorite Quote: You have to laugh at yourself, because you'd cry your eyes out if you didn't.” ― Emily Saliers 

    I'm inspired by...  a good challenge, anything new, and my 5th graders!

    Contact information:

    Google voice(feel free to text here): 314-384-6302

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