Dr. Daniel Mullenschlader
Name and Education: Dr. Mullenschlader is the President of Holy Cross Academy. As the head of the school, Dr. Mullenschlader collaborates with the five pastors and the Board of Directors to ensure faithful implementation of the mission of Holy Cross Academy. He has served in Catholic schools for 20 years. as a Principal, Assistant Principal, and teacher. Dr.Mullenschlader possesses an Ed.D in Educational Leadership in Catholic Education from Saint Louis University. In addition, Dr. Mullenschlader holds an M.Ed in both Curriculum and Instruction and Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix and a B.A. in History: Secondary Education from Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Vocation/Parish Involvement: Dr. Mullenschlader is married and has 6 children. He and his family are active members of St. Theodore Parish in Flint Hill, MO.
Quote on Holy Cross Academy: “Holy Cross Academy offers the families of St. Michael, Annunciation, St. John Paull II, Our Lady of Providence, and Seven Holy Founders the highest quality Catholic education and an engaging faith community to share a united mission with other Catholic families seeking sainthood for their children.”×
Mrs. Chris Cheak
Name and Education: Christina Cheak is the Principal of the Middle School Campus of Holy Cross Academy. As the Principal of the Middle School she is responsible for nurturing the spiritual development of the faculty and staff as well as reinforcing and living out the CORE Values and the mission of Holy Cross Academy. She has served as an elementary and high school teacher and administrator in the Archdiocese of St. Louis for thirty-nine years which includes over 15 years in elementary and high school administration. She holds a BA in Education from Harris Stowe University. In addition she has twelve credit hours in the Master of Arts in Catholic School Leadership through St. Louis University and fifteen credit hours in the Masters Program in Computer Education at Fontbonne University.
Vocation/Parish Involvement: Mrs. Cheak is married and has three children and eight grandchildren. She and her husband are members of St. Catherine Laboure parish.
Quote on Holy Cross Academy: "Holy Cross Academy Is a loving community dedicated to making disciples of our students. Together with our families we focus on living out our mission and our Core Values: Academic Excellence, Community, Faith Formation, Social Justice and Stewardship."×
Ms. Katie Rankin
Name and Education: Katie Rankin is the Associate Principal at the Primary Campus of Holy Cross Academy. She works with all Primary students and staff to ensure students are living out the Core Values of Holy Cross Academy. She taught second grade for five years, first at Our Lady of Providence campus and then one year at the Primary campus following the restructuring of HCA. Ms. Rankin has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University and an M.Ed with an emphasis in Literacy Education from the University of Missouri.
Vocation/Parish Involvement: Ms. Rankin is a parishioner at her family parish, Queen of All Saints.
Quote on Holy Cross Academy: “When I first started my teaching career at Holy Cross Academy I had an immediate feeling of being home. The tight-knit community reminds me so much of the Catholic education that I received as a child. All of the HCA families and teachers go above and beyond to ensure each child is getting a faith filled education.”×
Ms. Melissa Hunter
Name and Education: Ms. Hunter is the Principal at the Intermediate Campus of Holy Cross Academy. She works with the Intermediate students and staff to bring the mission of HCA to life. Prior to her work at HCA, she served other school and parish communities as the Director of Faith formation, Coordinator of Religious Education, high school Theology teacher, and second grade teacher. Ms. Hunter has a B.A. in Elementary Education and in Theology from Benedictine College, and is currently finishing a M.A. in School Leadership, also from Benedictine.
Vocation/Parish Involvement: Ms. Hunter usually attends Sunday Mass at Church of the Magdalen in South City, but every now and then she returns to her home parish of Assumption to go to Mass with her mom.
Quote on Holy Cross Academy: “HCA makes community a priority. With our Catholic mission and identity at the foundation, we are able to foster a sense of family and unity. Every child is seen as a unique member of that community and is able to grow academically and spiritually in an environment that meets his/her needs.”×
Mrs. Angie Langhauser
Early Childhood Education Campus
Saint John Paul II
Mrs. Angie Langhauser
Name and Education: Angie Langhauser is the Director of Early Childhood. She has been the Director since 2012 and started the preschool program at St. Michael’s in 2007. She is excited to continue the development of the new early childhood building and further implementation of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. Mrs. Langhauser received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from St. Louis University. She continued her education at Webster University receiving her Masters in Art of Teaching. She recently received a certificate in Autism Studies from Fontbonne University. Finally Mrs. Langhauser completed training in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program to receive her religious certification.
Vocation/Parish Involvement: Mrs. Langhauser is married and has 3 children and a new puppy. She is a member of St. Michael the Archangel parish in Shrewsbury.
Quote on Holy Cross Academy: “Holy Cross Academy works with families to start a child’s faith formation, along with social emotional and pre academic skills. Our staff follow the motto, “Learn to love, love to play, play to learn.”×
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