Introducing Stefan Baiocchi…

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.

2012, Michigan Shores, IN

Your Favorite:

Color:   Orange

Season:   Fall

Book:   Ready Player One

Holiday:   Thanksgiving  (everything great without strings)

Movie:   Dune

Hobby:   Hockey

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

Sport:   Hockey

Game:   7 wonders

Fruit:   Apple (Pink Lady)

Vegetable:   Carrot

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

2016, Stefan’s boys at Grand Teton National Park