Lewis & Clark Career Center

Leading Through Innovation

Ms. Karen Kennedy

Phone: 636-443-4975

Email: kkennedy@stcharlessd.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Karen Kennedy


Ms. Kennedy grew up in St. Charles in a restaurant family and graduated from Duchesne High School.  She attended University of Central Missouri, where she received a bachelor of science degree in rehabilitation psychology.  She worked for MERS (Metropolitan Employment & Rehabilitation Services) as a job coach and job coach coordinator.  Ms. Kennedy went back to UCM and became a certified special education teacher.  She student taught at Lewis & Clark and was hired on permanently as her cooperating teacher retired. Managing JC’s (name of the ARBS store) is a natural fit for Ms. Kennedy as it combines her passion of helping students develop career skills with her background in the family restaurant business.  Ms. Kennedy is also a sports fan, and has coached softball both at the collegiate level and for several years at Duchesne.

During the summers, Ms. Kennedy enjoys traveling with family and friends.  She lists visiting our National Parks as as a personal favorite.

“I love working at Lewis & Clark because I’m a part of a school that makes a real difference in the lives of our students.”   

Mrs. Angie Peters


Email: anpeters@stcharlessd.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Angie Peters


Soon after Mrs. Peters joined the Lewis & Clark staff in 2015, she established herself as an indispensable part of the ARBS program.  Prior to Lewis & Clark, she worked at Midtown Market in the bakery department as well as an aide and substitute teacher at Coverdell Elementary.  Mrs. Peters is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication.

Mrs. Peters and her husband have two teenage children.  In her spare time, she enjoys going to the movies, reading, exercising, and family vacations.

“Working in JCs is hard work as well as rewarding. I love helping students realize all the great things they are capable of doing.  The people I work with at Lewis & Clark is another reason this place is special.”

1 or 2 year program; 3 units of credit per year
This course is designed for juniors or seniors with special needs who have an interest in the retail industry.  A prerequisite for the course is potential ability to work in competitive employment.
The program provides an active, hands-on, multimedia approach that emphasizes instructional strategies that are successful with special needs populations.  The students take "ownership" of and operate a fully functional store on the Lewis & Clark campus.
The students in the Applied Retail & Business Skills program rotate through the following stations at JC's, the school store: cashier, inventory control, maintenance, bookkeeper, food preparation, and food manager.  The classroom instruction includes lessons to inform and enhance training and skills learned through operations.  Also included are lessons on self-awareness, social skills, communication skills, and employability skills.
Skills learned at the Lewis & Clark campus are reinforced through community based training. Students that qualify for the independent internship will be eligible for placement within the community with minimal supervision.  The remaining students will complete their internships at JC's (Lewis & Clark store) with continued supervision; with the emphasis on job readiness and work hardening skills, along with a heavier workload and increased responsibilities.