On Monday, April 11, the Ladue Schools Board of Education approved the recommendation of Dr. Angela Thompson to serve as Ladue School District’s next middle school principal. She will replace Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson, who has served LMS for the past 22 years and will transition to Director of Student Services, effective July 1.
“We were very fortunate to have many highly-qualified candidates apply for this position, but even more fortunate that Dr. Thompson will assume this important role in our district,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Wipke. “Angela has more than 11 years of school administration experience, having served as both a high school assistant principal and elementary school principal during her career. Given her background in education, I am certain she will be an asset at Ladue Middle School as we roll out our five-year district strategic plan beginning in July.”
Dr. Thompson is coming to the Ladue School District from the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, where she currently serves as principal of Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School (3rd-6th grades). Before this, she worked for eight years as an assistant principal at Webster Groves High School and four years as an English/reading teacher and coach. In her earlier career, Thompson worked in the Muncie (Ind.) Community School District for three years as a math and English teacher and coach.
“I look forward to joining the Ladue Middle School family and Dr. Wipke’s leadership team,” said Dr. Thompson. “I am especially looking forward to meeting and serving LMS students, staff, and community!”
Dr. Thompson holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, including certifications as Superintendent, K-8 Principal, 7-12 Principal from Maryville University, and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Missouri Baptist University. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Reading Education from Upper Iowa University.
“Dr. Thompson will be working with the current administration to develop a transition plan over the next few weeks,” said Dr. Wipke. “We look forward to planning opportunities for Angela to meet the LMS staff and community before her official start date.”