Dr. Wipke has extensive experience at all levels of the public school education system. He came to the Ladue Schools from Fox C-6 School District where he served for four years as superintendent.
Upon being selected as the district’s next superintendent, Dr. Wipke shared this Letter to the Community, which includes his personal introduction, as well as information about his family, observations about the Ladue School District and general plans for transitioning into his new role.
In addition, Dr. Wipke took the opportunity to visit our new Broadcast Technology studio at the high school shortly after his appointment to film a segment of the student-produced Ladue Schools Today so our community could get to know him a little better. Check it out here!
During his transition in his role as superintendent, Dr. Wipke took every opportunity to immerse himself in the Ladue School District. In addition to attending parent organization meetings and individual building events, Dr. Wipke spent numerous hours with the leadership of the Ladue School District, particularly with Dr. Jahnke, to learn about our academic programming, processes, policies, financial status and facilities work.
During this process, Dr. Wipke refined his transition plans for the first six months on the job and those can be found in this document: Ladue Schools Superintendent Transition Plan.
Finally, in order to get input directly from the Ladue Schools community, Dr. Wipke created a ThoughtExchange, asking parents, staff and students to respond to the following question: What do you think our schools are doing well and what can we focus on in order to improve them?
Nearly 1,000 people participated, sharing 1,058 thoughts. See the results from this ThoughtExchange here.
Dr. Wipke’s Background
Dr. Wipke began his career in education in the Rockwood School District as a fifth-grade elementary school teacher, then moved to Crestview Middle school as a sixth-grade World History teacher before starting his administrative career at Parkway South Middle School as an assistant principal. Dr. Wipke then returned to Rockwood as a middle school assistant principal, subsequently serving as a middle school principal, high school principal and finally executive director of secondary schools in Rockwood, before taking on the superintendency in Fox C-6.
Dr. Wipke received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Harris-Stowe State University in 1993, his masters degrees in Administration and Education from Southwest Baptist University in 2000, and his Educational Doctorate from Maryville University of St. Louis in 2008.
He received the New Superintendent of the Year Award for the region in 2018-19.