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The Ladue Schools Board of Education sets annual goals based on the initiatives incorporated in the district’s current Strategic Plan, as well as other topics essential to the short- and long-term welfare of the district.
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“I truly believe in the power of education and community. It is vital that every student has the opportunity to succeed each step along the way and has a community that supports that effort. We must strive to strengthen Ladue’s long tradition of academic excellence and be an example for others.”
I have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Louis University and a BSBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia. I worked in the banking industry before I began my 25 years of leadership and service for the Ladue Schools. I have been on Parent Associations Executive Board at all three levels, District committees, and the Ladue Education Foundation. My husband Kurt and I have raised our three children in Ladue. Our two daughters and son are alumni of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, 2007, 2013, and 2015 respectively.
I believe my education, work experience, and commitment to Ladue Schools give me the skills to successfully serve the citizens of the Ladue School District. It is a privilege to be a member of the Ladue Schools Board of Education.
Through many years of classroom teaching, I have distilled my experiences into two core principles:
- I believe every child can learn.
- I believe it is the responsibility of our society to give all citizens the opportunity to reach their full potential so they can contribute their talents to keep our country great.
I am a lifelong St. Louisan. I earned both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from Washington University and my Ph.D. in Education from Saint Louis University. I have learned most of what I know about education, however, from spending over 40 years in the classroom, teaching thousands of students at the elementary, secondary and college levels. While I taught students reading, study skills, and academic strategies, they taught me the transformational power of a positive student-teacher relationship. My three children and two of my grandchildren have graduated from Ladue and four of my grandchildren are currently attending Ladue Schools. Ladue Schools provided a challenging curriculum, extraordinary extracurricular activities, and incredible post-graduation opportunities for my children and grandchildren and now I want Ladue Schools to provide these same things for your children. I am willing to work hard to ensure the district’s best days lie ahead.
My wife, Sarah, and I have lived in the district since 2002.
I have earned an accounting degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Arts from Fontbonne University. I currently am a licensed Realtor, having served as President of the Commercial Board, Director of the St. Louis Board of Realtors, President and Treasurer for the local chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), member of the Audit and Finance Committees of SIOR nationally and as Trustee of the Educational Foundation. In my 33 years of commercial real estate practice, I have advised several non-profit organizations such as Autism Speaks, Judevine Association, and National Industries for the Blind, Operation Brightside, Saint Louis University and Washington University. I serve as President of the Hellman Educational Foundation which grants academic scholarships to Missouri students and as Trustee for the SIOR Educational Foundation which awards scholarships to college students majoring in Real Estate or Urban Studies. In the finance field, I was a Director on a local Bank Board for eight years, serving on several committees. Lastly, I have been active in the local art community with the Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis Artists Guild, and Art St. Louis where I have volunteered and displayed artwork.
I look forward to sharing my experience as a Ladue Schools parent, businessman, educational fundraiser and arts supporter, to bring a new perspective to the Board.
My educational experience has focused primarily on public policy and administration, which includes an emphasis on public education, social work and non-profit management and leadership. I have worked in public education and have an increased awareness of the intricacies of public school systems.
I currently serve on the Curriculum and Instruction Board Advisory Committee, C.U.R.E. Committee, Parent District Council and the Parent Advisory Council for Special Education, all within the Ladue School District. I also serve on the Special School District Parent Advisory Council and was a member of the 2016 Fred Saigh Parent Leadership Institute. Additionally, I serve on the leadership team of LadueCAREs, which is a parent-led group dedicated to empowering change agents for racial equity within our school community.
I look forward to serving the students and families of the Ladue School District to ensure we continue to generate positive outcomes for all children.
“We have the opportunity to meaningfully impact the future well-being, sense of accomplishment, and life happiness of young people in our community by providing top-tier public education.”
I was raised in upstate New York, and had the benefit of living in an upstart school district that was the focus and pride of our community. I received a B.S. From Lehigh University, and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from Northwestern University, then spent most of my career working for Ralston Purina and Manna Pro Corporation, in marketing and general management roles.
My wife, Donna, and I have lived in St. Louis for most of our adult lives. Our three children are Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduates.
It is a privilege to have the opportunity to serve on the Ladue Schools Board of Education.
“We have the obligation to provide opportunities which will accomplish the task of reaching every child, regardless of learning style or ability. I have a vested interest in and a strong desire to help to maintain the standard of excellence for which our school district is known.”
I have been elected this year to begin serving my second term as a member of the Ladue Schools Board of Education. My desire to “make a difference” charted my course to a career in Education. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education, and a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, I have taught preschool through college-age students. My husband, Barry, and I have three children; one attends Ladue Middle School, one attends Ladue Horton Watkins High School and one recently graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School.
“Every student has the right to expect our schools to provide the highest quality educational experience possible. The schools, in turn, have the right to expect all students to perform in a responsible manner, so as to maximize this experience. All of us—parents, educators, patrons of the district—must do our part to support all of our students as they mature and move through this process.”
Armed with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and life certification in social studies, I began my teaching career at West Ladue Junior High School in 1966. I completed my master’s degree in 1969, adding additional courses and workshops over the next three decades. Remaining in the classroom for 39 years, my focus centered on achievement, along with facilitating student involvement in extra-curricular activities related to academics and community service.
My wife, Harriet, and I have been residents of the Ladue School District since 1967. Both of our children are Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumni. I look forward to continuing to serve the students of the Ladue School District.
Board Advisory Committees
District residents are invited to become a member of one of four Board of Education committees. These committees have an ongoing role to serve as advisory groups to the Board and the Ladue Schools. These committees serve a vital role as the district continues to fulfill its primary mission: to provide a high-quality education for all its students.
The committees are:
- Curriculum & Instruction Committee
Raises and studies topics, makes suggestions and provides coordination for the curricular instructional processes of the district.
- Finance Committee
Reviews and provides input in planning the business activities of the district.
View Finance Committee Meeting & Agenda Information
- Facilities Planning Committee
Provides master planning to ensure buildings support educational needs, provide safe environments for students and staff and are operationally efficient and reliable. Building life cycle and sustainability are essential components of the evolving plan.
- Technology Committee
Advises the Board of Education and administration on technology-related issues in the district. Helps to identify resources, policies and procedures necessary for the implementation and evaluation of the district’s technology goals.
Appointments to the Board Advisory Committees are made prior to the beginning of each school year to fill vacancies and terms begin in September. Members serve for two years, and can serve for two terms. If you are interested, please click here to download an application form, fill it out and return it to Superintendent Jim Wipke at 9703 Conway Road, St. Louis, MO 63124 or fax it to (314) 994-0441.
Missouri Legislators Representing Ladue School District
Legislators need to hear from constituents on issues that are important to them. They particularly expect professional educators and members of school boards to advocate for various education-related issues, and they put significant weight in the opinions of the constituents these groups serve.
To determine who your Missouri legislators are and how to reach them (by phone, fax, letter or email), click here. From this site you can learn who your legislators are and how to communicate with them on various issues.