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Our Team

Invested in the individual success of our students

Becki Baker

Director of Pre-College Programs

2021 will mark Becki's 21st summer in youth development, and 11th summer with our programs. Becki holds degrees in History and Political Science from University of Missouri-Columbia and Art History from University of Missouri-St. Louis. Becki has held positions in education and public programming at the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Missouri Historical Society. She spent ten summers working for Camp Highlander in Mills River, North Carolina as program director for summer programs and year-round educational programming before joining WashU in 2010.  Becki is an active member of the National Association of Gifted Children, the Association of Pre-College Program Directors, and the American Camp Association.  

Ryadah Heiskell

Coordinator for Pre-College Programs

Ryadah is entering her 4th summer with A&S Pre-College Programs. She graduated from WashU in 2013 majoring in Psychology and African and African American Studies, with a Modern Dance minor. Since graduating, she has worked for organizations with strong focuses on youth development, education, and community outreach including College Bound St. Louis, Preferred Family Healthcare, and Urban League Head Start. Ryadah is assistant to the Director of Washington University Dance Collective, as well a resident choreographer. Ryadah is also an active member in the American Camp Association.

Summer Staff

We hire over 20 program assistants, current WashU undergraduate and graduate students, who provide academic advice, plan social activities and ensure the rules and regulations of our programs are followed. Our program assistants participate in online and in-person training programs designed for working with youth. All staff have passed federal background checks and are CPR/First Aid certified. In addition to our program assistants, we hire a team of supervisors to oversee program logistics, act as an emergency resource for parents and students, and supervise program assistants.


All of our programs are taught by WashU affiliated instructors which include faculty, graduate students, post docs, and adjuncts. Our office works closely with instructors to ensure an excellent student academic experience.

Youth Protection Policy

All members of the WashU community, including students, faculty, and staff, are expected to be positive role models in their interactions with minors by behaving in a caring, honest, respectful, and responsible manner. WashU has adopted the Youth Protection Policy which outlines expectations for the safety and well-being of minors on campus. 

Learn more about WashU's Youth Protection Policy

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