While not a new face to the Villa di Maria community, Stefan Baiocchi has taken on a new role this year as VdM’s Facilities Manager. Stefan is super responsive and highly organized as well as being a creative problem solver. The staff could not be happier to have him on the team!
Describe your educational background.
BS in Management Information Systems and BS in Nursing. I worked in the IT industry and decided to go back to school and become a Registered Nurse. I worked for Cardinal Glennon in the PICU and on the Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Team. My last position was with Mid-America Transplant working on the donor side of organ transplants.
How/when did you become interested in Montessori education?
I was not aware of Montessori until my wife Sarah introduced me to it. Sarah had been in a Primary class while growing up and when our oldest son needed to start school while I was working on my RN degree, he started at Villa.
What has been the BEST part of your Montessori experience so far?
I will answer this from the parent perspective. The thing that I like best is that my boys have always enjoyed/wanted to go to school each day and on top of that they have a desire to learn. This desire to learn is something that I did not have when I was growing up, so it is exciting to see what they will be able to do with that foundation.
What do you enjoy doing outside of your time at VdM?
I enjoy watching movies and generally just spending time doing mindless tasks, like mowing the lawn, so that I can listen to podcasts. I have recently started getting my oldest son to run long distances with me and it is a good time for us to be together.
If you were to plan a most perfect, relaxing weekend day, what would it entail?
Reading a book on the couch with the family while watching a sporting event in the fall/winter with a fire going.
What is something you look forward to this school year?
I will enjoy getting to see the differences in the children. I have always noticed changes in my own children but getting to see what the school is doing for multiple/all the children will be exciting.
Book: Ready Player One
Holiday: Thanksgiving (everything great without strings)
Type of music: Currently listening to the Apple Chill station
Song: “September” by Earth Wind and Fire
Restaurant in St. Louis: The Tavern
Vacation: Grand Teton National Park
Game: 7 wonders
Fruit: Apple (Pink Lady)
If you had to choose ONE:
Rain or Snow: Snow
Coffee or Tea: Tea (never liked coffee)
Morning or Night: Night
Ocean or Lake: Ocean
Dog or Cat: Dog (the bigger the better)
Talk or Listen: Talk (trying to work on this)
Walk or Run: Run
Save or Spend: Save
Bike or Swim: Bike
Salt or Pepper: Salt
Realistic Fiction or Fantasy: Fantasy
Summer or Winter: Winter
New York or California: California, it has every climate in less than 100 miles
Cook or Dine Out: Dine out which contradicts the save mentality