Board of Education

General Information

For meeting schedules, agendas and minutes as well as information on topics for discussion, public comment opportunities, policies and most other Board of Education related information, visit BoardDocs.

For highlights of action taken and information received by the Ladue Schools Board of Education in individual meetings, visit Board Briefs.

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.

2021-22 Board of Education Goals

2020-21 Board of Education Goals 


Board Members

If you would like to contact all Ladue Schools Board members, email: ladueboard@ladueschools.net.

To email an individual Board member, click on their name below.

Carolyn Jaeger –  President

Term Expires April 2023

“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.


Kisha Lee – Vice President

Kisha Lee
Term Expires April 2023

I am the parent of two amazing children, one who is an alum in his freshman year at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and the other currently attending Ladue Horton Watkins High School as a sophomore. I have over 20 years of professional experience that has been dedicated to serving the needs of children and families. That is evident through my involvement in public education, mental health, public health and various other volunteer roles. I am known for my tenacity and forward-thinking ability to strategically direct various initiatives and achieve positive outcomes, and have been counted on to get things done.

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.


Jeff Kopolow – Secretary

Term Expires April 2022

“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.


Andy Bresler – Treasurer

Andy Bresler
Term Expires April 2023

“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.


Sheldon Johnson – Director

Sheldon Johnson
Term Expires April 2022

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.


Marissa Rosen – Director

Marissa Rosen
Term Expires April 2024
As a resident of the Ladue School District since 2010, I am proud to call Olivette my home. My husband, Howard, and I moved to the Ladue School District so that our children would receive an exceptional education. Josh (16) and Emily (13) have been a part of Ladue Schools since they were in kindergarten at Old Bonhomme Elementary School. We have been lucky to experience the wonderful staff at the Fifth Grade Center, LMS and Ladue Horton Watkins High School. We are so grateful for the wonderful teachers and administrators who have encouraged their curiosity, love of learning and character education. This is what inspired me to get involved as a leader at Old Bonhomme, LMS, and the Ladue Education Foundation.
I was raised in Iowa and came to St. Louis to attend Washington University. After receiving my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Spanish, I worked toward and received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Brown School in 2000. The early part of my career was spent supporting chronically mentally ill adults, while the latter part of my social work journey has centered on fundraising and philanthropy. I have served on the boards of Jewish Family Services and the National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis.
The Ladue community expects and deserves excellence in education. We must meet each student where they are to provide them with the tools that they need to be successful, however, that is defined for them. I take the responsibility of serving as a Ladue School District board member seriously and will continue to work to earn your trust.
As a non-profit professional, I have spent my career helping others. I look forward to continuing this spirit of service in the Ladue School District.

Jennifer Growe Soshnik – Director

Jennifer Growe Soshnik
Term Expires April 2024

I am proud to call myself a lifelong resident of the Ladue School District.    I graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 2000 and then majored in political science at the University of Illinois, graduating with high distinction in 2004.  I received my law degree from Washington University in 2007.  During my legal career, I worked primarily on civil court matters, handling business and family law cases.  I am an active member of the Missouri Bar.  

My husband, Danny, and I have two children — Jordan (3rd grade) and Emmy (1st grade).  Both attend Old Bonhomme Elementary and are the third generation in my family to attend Ladue schools.  My roots in our community and dedication to our schools are deep and strong. 

Since Jordan entered kindergarten, I have held various leadership positions in the Ladue Schools, both at the building and district levels.  In addition to being a Ladue School Board member,  I also currently serve on the District Diversity Committee, the Ladue Alumni Council and the Old Bonhomme Parent Teacher Organization.   Through my varied experiences, I have a deep knowledge of the district and understanding of the qualities necessary for an effective board member. 

Ladue Schools students at all grade levels must receive the highest levels of academics, extracurricular opportunities and diversity of thought, all of which have long been the hallmarks of a Ladue Schools education.  I am honored to be a faithful steward of our district’s resources as we work together to ensure that district students continue to be afforded a deep and meaningful education in a safe and secure environment.    

I believe that the combination of my personal experiences, professional skills and common sense make me uniquely qualified to fairly represent all of our stakeholders in fulfilling our responsibilities and navigating the known and unknown challenges of the next several years. 


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.
  • 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 complete the board advisory committee application form and return it to Superintendent Jim Wipke at 9703 Conway Road, St. Louis, MO 63124 or fax it to (314) 994-0441.

Questions about the committees should be directed to Jim Wipke by phone at (314) 994-7080 or fwagstaff@ladueschools.net.


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 and how to communicate with them on various issues use the Missouri Senate’s Legislator Lookup tool.