Issac Bjerk, Principal

Phone: (314) 432-4438


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Mr. Issac Bjerk

Hello, and welcome to the 2023-24 school year! Whether you’re a returning family or joining our Spoede community this year, we are so happy to have you as part of our greater Spoede family. I think you’ll find that Spoede is a pretty incredible place filled with incredible people.

I am incredibly honored and thrilled to be the incoming principal of Spoede Elementary School. In my previous fifteen years of education, I’ve worked as an assistant principal, a K-12 district facilitator, and an elementary classroom teacher. I actually began my educational career right here, teaching fourth grade at Spoede Elementary. This school and this district mean the world to me, and I consider it a privilege to work with and for you and your family for the duration of your child’s elementary experience at Spoede. 

This school year, in particular, holds tremendous promise and potential as we move fully into our brand-new building. I’m excited for our students to explore their new spaces, and I look forward to welcoming you and your families into our space over the course of this school year. Beyond our building, my highest priority is to meet and build meaningful, collaborative relationships with our Spoede community. At Spoede, we’re a family, and my goal is to make this school year one of discovery, growth, and joy as we learn and work together. I firmly believe that what we get to do together - partnering in the teaching, learning, and growth of our students - is the very best work there is. 

As we move into and through this school year, please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect if there’s anything I can do for you and your family. Real, positive relationships are the essence of what I do and why I do it, and I can’t wait to meet and form those relationships with each of you. 

Dr. Laila Crabtree, Assistant Principal for Conway and Spoede Elementary Schools

Phone: (314) 983-5320


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Dr. Laila Crabtree

I am incredibly excited to join the Conway and Spoede Elementary Communities as an Assistant Principal. Creating communities where all students, staff, and families feel a sense of belonging is my top priority as an educator. I have worked in the Ladue School District for 21 years as a 7th-grade social studies teacher and as the K-12 English Language Arts and Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator. I am a graduate of Ladue Schools and received all three post-graduate degrees from Saint Louis University. As a graduate, parent, and educator in Ladue Schools, I have a variety of perspectives and experiences. I can assure you your child will be cared for like they are our own. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do for you or your child.