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Superintendents, faculty, presidents, and more.

Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley

Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley is the Superintendent for University School District, MO. She acquired this role in 2016 and has focused on specific goals. Dr. Hardin-Bartley works to help schools deal with how trauma affects students. She focuses more on "what happened that made the student act out" rather than just giving them a punishment. She also is committed to the "human-centered" approach. This is something especially important to her during COVID-19.  


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Superintendent, University City School District   shardin@ucityschools.org

Scott Dalrymple

President of Columbia College   sdalrmple@ccis.edu

Dr. Scott Dalrymple became the 17th president of Columbia College on May 1, 2014. He holds a Ph.D. in English and an M.B.A. from the University at Buffalo, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York College at Geneseo.

From 2010 to 2014, Dalrymple served as dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College in Albany, New York, overseeing undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. 

He also served as the founding dean of the college’s School of Public Service, which includes programs in criminal justice and military studies.

Dr. Dalrymple participated in the first higher educational edition of Issues in Education, where a wide variety of topics were discussed. 

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Kerry Gallagher is a passionate award-winning educator. Trained as both a teacher and attorney, she understands that a combination of effective pedagogy, policy, school culture, and global connections are necessary to make meaningful progress that puts learners first. Kerry has experience as a classroom teacher, education trainer, writer, TEDx, and keynote speaker, and policy advocate.


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Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning, St. John's Prep, Danvers Massachusetts   kgallagher@stjohnsprep.org

Kerry Gallagher

Art McCoy, Ph.D., is an inspiring internationally recognized educator, workforce development leader, and mental health and wellbeing champion.   At age 19, he began his career as a mathematics teacher in the Rockwood School District after graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science, reportedly as the youngest certified teacher in Missouri.  In December 2010, Dr. McCoy became Missouri’s youngest Superintendent of School/CEO of a district over 2000 students and a leader for Harvard’s Pathways to Prosperity.   

From 2014 to 2016 he served as Superintendent-in-Residence/CAO and chief consultant of the MIND Research Institute and the Center for Education Innovation/Base 11 in Irvine, California, supporting over 1 million students and 2500 schools and colleges across America including partnering like California Institute of Technology, USC, University of California-Irvine, and MIT.  In February of 2016, he was recruited to return home as Superintendent in Jennings School District.  Under Dr. McCoy’s leadership, multiple Jennings senior classes achieved 100% graduation, career, and college placement as featured on Fox 2, CNN, and ABC Primetime TV.  In 2019, Jennings School District made Missouri history by performing at the “Accredited with Distinction” range despite having over 90% of students on free meals achieved, over 90% of Missouri’s Annual Performance Report metrics were met for accreditation.  


Dr. McCoy has created two grocery food hubs, two homeless shelters, and two School-Based Health Clinic for free medical, dental, vision, mental health care for all students.  Dr. McCoy was the first in Missouri to place Child-Parent Interaction Therapy in schools with the help of renowned psychiatrist Joan Luby, MD. He led the international WE Wellbeing and WE Teacher program with a focus on trauma-informed practices and mental health.  Dr. McCoy served as Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity leader for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and National Change Maker of the  U.S. Chamber of Commerce-Institute for a Competitive Workforce for critical education reform.  He advised U.S. Legislatures in Washington D.C. most recently U.S. Senator Tim Scott on Opportunity Zones for the U.S. Tax Reform Bill 2017 and with the Humane Society in 2018. Since 2019, he has supported the Regional Business Council STL.Works Initiative as a lead educator and emcee in a regional response to the growing workforce crisis.    Dr. McCoy has served on numerous executive boards including BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Chair of Public Health Social Benefits Committee, Midwest Health Initiative, CommerceBancshares Inc Business Board, Ranken, UMSL Chancellor’s Executive Council, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce 2030 Alliance, Missouri Jobs for America’s Graduates Board, Chaired by Governor & 1st Lady Parson, Governor’s COVID19 Advisory Council and the MUNY.   
Dr. McCoy has inspired scores of innovative initiatives, raised millions of dollars, authored many articles, two books, and founded S.A.G.E.S. 501c3 and LLC, with the mission to “Sever the Achievement Gap in the Education of Students and Sever Attainment Gaps Existing in Society.”  

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Dr. Art McCoy

Superintendent, Jennings School District   mccoya@jenningsk12.org   @DrArtMcCoy

Dr. Darcy Benway is the Superintendent of O'Fallon Township High School.

E4 Initiative: Excellence in Education for Every student Every day. She is responsible for a $34 million budget and all related financial activities. She managed the planning and construction of the new OTHS Milburn campus freshman academy, as well as the construction of the nine-classroom addition project at the OTHS Smiley campus.

She also implemented the transition house project and programming for special needs secondary students, as well as managed performance contracts, renovations, additions, and health/life safety work at the OTHS Smiley Campus.

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Superintendent, O'Fallon Township High School District #203   BenwayD@oths.k12.il.us

Dr. Darcy Benway

Dr. Doug Brubaker has served as Superintendent of Fort Smith Public Schools since January 18, 2017. Over a career spanning 22 years, he has served in a variety of leadership roles in school districts ranging in size from 7,000 to 60,000 students.  As Superintendent of Fort Smith Public Schools, Dr. Brubaker launched the District’s Vision 2023 Strategic Planning initiative and worked with students, parents, educators, members of the community, and the FSPS Board of Education to prioritize the District’s greatest needs for a millage referendum in May 2018.

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Doug Brubaker

Superintendent, Fort Smith School District 

Superintendent, Wentzville School District   curtiscain@wsdr4.org

Dr. Curtis Cain

Dr. Curtis Cain has served as Superintendent of the Wentzville School District since 2013. He is responsible for the educational performance and well-being of close to 16,000 students and the productivity of our 2,100 staff members in the fastest growing district in the state of Missouri. Currently, Wentzville’s performance on the state’s Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) is in the top 10% of the 516 school districts in Missouri. The District is a leader in Project Lead the Way.

Curtis completed his B.S. degree at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Iowa State University.  While at Iowa State University; he was named a George Washington Carver Doctoral Fellow and awarded the Jordan Larsen Outstanding Dissertation in Educational Administration Award.  In 2009, he was also honored as the Iowa State University Outstanding Young Professional Award winner by the College of Human Sciences



Curtis is a member of the Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Emerging Leader programs.  Nationally, he also serves on the Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) International Board and will serve as the Board Chair in 2017-2018.  Cain serves on the Missouri Commissioner of Education Advisory Council, the Kansas/Missouri Superintendent Leadership Forum Advisory Board, and the Missouri State High School Activities Association Constitutional Committee.  He’s also worked with the ASCD National Legislative and Position Advocacy, and Annual Conference Planning Committees.  Locally, Cain volunteers on the St. Charles Economic Development Board of Directors, St. Charles County Partners for Progress Education Committee, the Partners for Progress Healthy St. Charles Leadership Council, and the Barnes-Jewish St Peters and Progress West Foundation Board.

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Michelle Campuzano

Board Member, Roosevelt School District   dadasmom5@yahoo.com  @hope4kids

Michelle Campuzano has lived in the Roosevelt School District (RSD) community for over 15 years. Her son David attended a special education program in RSD, until moving on to high school. Before deciding to run for RSD board, Michelle taught a Kindergarten Special Education class in RSD. Michelle is known in the community for her activism and advocacy on issues concerning social injustice. Including; the school to prison pipeline, trauma-informed care, justice reform, and civil rights.

Michelle has a passion for the community and her commitment to improving the quality of education for the children of South Phoenix remains evident. Michelle has been involved in many community outreach initiatives. She continues to work to build and develop local community relationships equipped to meet the diverse needs of South Phoenix residents.

Michelle’s Credentials: In 2009 Michelle earned a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Welfare, and then went on to obtain Masters degrees in Nonprofit Leadership (MNpS), and Education (M.Ed.) at Arizona State University (ASU) before beginning her 6-year journey in RSD as a Special Educator.

Michelle’s experience as an RSD Employee/Educator, Community Member, Social Worker, Nonprofit Leader, and special needs parent, has provided her with a unique perspective and valuable insight on the strengths, challenges, and needs within our community. She hopes to promote active community engagement while building partnerships that have the capacity to meet the immediate needs in our community. While also addressing some of the root causes for current challenges, so that we can work collaboratively on strategic plans to create sustainable changes for the future of our RSD community.

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Rene provides fiscal responsibility for a $217 million budget. She is responsible for strategy and framework for a school district of over 17,000 students, 2400 employees, and 28 buildings. She works with local and federal elected officials on public education issues. Engages my passion for education and leadership in an environment that helps our students, teachers, and administrators thrive to their highest potential.

She currently provides strategic planning for all international trade activities for Boeing's Training Systems and Government Services Division.

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Board Member, Francis Howell School District   rene.cope@fhsdschools.org

Rene Cope

Dr. Robert A. Daiber

Regional Superintendent of Schools, Madison County   radaiber@co.madison.il.us  @BobDaiber

Dr. Robert Daiber recently took the oath of office, kicking off his third term as the Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools, according to a press release.

“It is an honor to serve the people of Madison County and work with excellent faculty members and administrators to ensure the more than 45,000 youth in kindergarten through 12th grade in the county receive the finest possible education in an environment conducive to learning,” Daiber said. “I am excited to begin my third term as regional superintendent of schools and humbled by the challenges of educating and preparing our youth to make positive contributions to society and succeed in their chosen fields.”

In 2007, Daiber was appointed regional superintendent of schools by Dunstan and was subsequently elected to the office in 2008 and reelected in 2010 and 2014.

Bob participated in Issues in Education speaking on a variety of educational topics, as well as the School Safety & Security Symposium. 

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Board President, Wentzville School District   nataliedeweese@wsdr4.org @natalie_deweese

Dr. Natalie DeWeese

As a community member, parent, and educator she is prepared to engage with other community members, parents, and educators to work collectively to ensure students of the Wentzville School District are provided all the resources to secure their future.

In 2001, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Lindenwood University. During that time in college, she worked at Children’s Edu-Care Center, a Montessori Pre-School. A few years later in 2005, she graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education specializing in Reading from Lindenwood University. 

In 2010, she graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Administration. She then went on to pursue a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Maryville University and graduated in 2012, where she wrote her doctoral dissertation on how collaboration and professional development can impact student achievement.

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Jamie Driver

Executive Director, Independent Schools of St. Louis   jdriver@micds.org

Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL) is a non-profit professional association established in 1972 that includes 43 independently governed elementary and secondary schools throughout the metropolitan St. Louis region. Schools that are members of ISSL provide a complete range of educational opportunities for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Why I do it:  It’s gratifying to work with talented, dedicated people who are passionate about independent education.

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Director of Access and Equity, New York University   stella.flores@nye.edu  @ProfessorFlores

Dr. Stella Flores

Dr. Stella M. Flores is an Associate Professor of Higher Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is also Director of Access and Equity at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at NYU. Dr. Flores holds an EdD in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University, an EdM from Harvard University, an MPAff from The University of Texas at Austin, and a BA from Rice University.

​In her research, she employs large-scale databases and quantitative methods to investigate the effects of state and federal policies on college access and completion rates for low-income and underrepresented populations.

Dr. Flores has written about Minority Serving Institutions, immigrant students, English Language Learners, the role of alternative admissions plans and financial aid programs in college admissions in the U.S and abroad, demographic changes in the U.S. education, and Latino students and community colleges. Her work has been cited in the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court Gratz v. Bollinger decision (dissenting opinion) and in various amicus briefs submitted to the Supreme Court on affirmative action in higher education admissions.


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Dr. Mike Fulton

Superintendent, Shawnee Mission School District   @MikeFultonSMSD

Dr. Fulton had been employed by the Pattonville R-III School District as Superintendent of Schools since July 2007.  He previously served the district in several capacities including Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; Assistant Superintendent for Planning and Assessment; and Director of Planning, Assessment, and Research.

The Pattonville R-III School District serves about 5,500 students in suburban St. Louis County. Under Fulton’s leadership, the district has become a high-performing school system that has been recognized at state and national

levels for academic achievement.  The district has provided staff members with extensive training in instructional strategies that support implementing the curriculum with fidelity. The district has adjusted instructional practices to meet current and future realities and it has focused limited resources in areas that would have the greatest impact on achievement including providing high school students access to learning resources any time anywhere via a one-to-one laptop initiative.

Dr. Fulton was elected by his peers to serve on the AASA Governing Board and the MASA Executive Committee. He was a member of the Northwest Community Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  He is also a member of the Bridgeton Kiwanis and a member of the North County Inc. Regional Development Association.


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Director of Research and Evaluation, Pattonville School District   314.213.8500

Dr. Matthew Goodman

Dr. Goodman was the former Interim Executive Director at  EducationPlus and participated in Issues in Education at the METC Conference.

EducationPlus is a non-profit educational service agency that brings school districts together to share resources, information, and services in educational technology, cooperative purchasing, staff development, and more. EducationPlus serves as a proactive voice for education and is a voluntary, membership-driven organization with 61-member school districts in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

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Dr. Lindsey Hall

Superintendent, Mahomet-Seymour Community Schools   lh@mscusd.org   @MS_Supt

Dr. Hall spent eight years at MSJH before taking the principal job at DeKalb High School in 2005. A few years after earning a doctorate from the University of Illinois, she was hired as superintendent in Morton in 2012.

In her five years in that district, Hall has overseen the implementation of a one-to-one iPad program for pre-K through 12th-grade students, as well as facilities upgrades and passage of a $10.5 million bond issue.

In 2017 Dr. Hall became superintendent at Mahomet-Seymour Community Schools.

Dr. Hall participated in the panel discussion of Age-Appropriate School Safety & Security at the Annual Conference of IASB/IASA/Illinois ASBO in 2017.


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Elementry Education and Professional Learning, Lindbergh Schools   chamby@lindberghschools.ws

Dr. Craig Hamby

Dr. Craig Hamby was the principal of Dressel Elementary School, which opened in August 2017 and is Lindbergh Schools' largest elementary school. Prior to that, Dr. Hamby served as principal of Sappington Elementary School since 2010 and has been a teacher, instructional leader, and administrator in Lindbergh Schools for 16 years.

Dr. Hamby is the district’s senior elementary principal, and an experienced leader with extensive knowledge of Lindbergh Schools. He earned his bachelor of science in elementary education at Southeast Missouri State University. He has a master of arts in educational administration from

Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., and an education specialist degree and doctorate in school administration/superintendency from Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.


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Sue Henderson

President, New Jersey City University   shenderson@njcu.edu @NJCUPresident

In 2012, Sue Henderson became the twelfth president and first woman to become President at New Jersey City University.

Now in her fourth year, she has accomplished a range of transformational initiatives, including the creation of NJCU School of Business and relocation to a 70,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility in Jersey City’s financial district. She spearheaded the implementation of a $350 million West Campus plan which features a fully integrated, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development for a student residence hall, academic building and performance arts center, a fitness center, supermarket, and shops and restaurants; and hired one-quarter of the faculty within the past three years in areas identified as critical to meeting academic needs in high-demand fields of study: nursing, STEM areas, business, counseling, and pre-law.

Dr. Henderson globalized the curriculum including a dramatic expansion of study abroad opportunities, scholarships for travel for students in need; increased the number and variety of international universities partnering with NJCU (six in China; four in India; several in the Middle East); and created a Confucius Institute with a partner university in China, Jilin Huaqiao University of Foreign Languages in Jilin Province, one of the largest private universities in China.

President Henderson ensured that tuition and fees remain at the lowest of all the public 4-year colleges and universities in NJ, and Washington Monthly magazine ranked NJCU a top 10 “Best Bang for the Buck” in the Northeast, and #2 in New Jersey for serving students in need.


Dr. Henderson is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Commission on Education of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Vice-Chair of the Society for College and University Planning’s Board of Directors, and Chair of the Committee on International Education of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. At the state level, she serves on the Task Force on the Alignment of Higher Education Programs and Workforce Development and co-chairs the Hudson County Alliance for Action and the Hudson County Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns.


Dr. Henderson holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, and bachelor’s and master's degrees in math education from Georgia State University. Dr. Henderson has received numerous awards for her work as an educator and administrator.

Dr. Henderson participated in a special edition of Issues in Education, from the SCUP-52 International Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

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Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris, Superintendent, Francis Howell School District, was named the district’s next superintendent and started July 1, 2016.


In that statement, Hendricks-Harris said she plans to focus on student learning and finances to support learning.

“As we look to the future, I am confident we will come together as a community and secure the resources students need to get the best possible education and that our teachers need to do their work,” she said.

She also previously served as an area coordinator and as director of special education with the Special School District of St. Louis County.

Superintendent, Francis Howell School District   fhsdsuperintendent@fhsdschools.org  @maryhenhar

Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris

She was a special education teacher with the Special School District, as well as the Fox School District. Hendricks-Harris is also an adjunct instructor at Lindenwood University.


She was the recipient of Lindenwood’s Francis and Elizabeth Huss Graduate Award for Education Administration and attended the Harvard Institute for School Leadership. Additionally, she has acted as the lead presenter at numerous local, state, and national professional development conferences.


Hendricks-Harris earned a doctorate of education degree and an educational specialist degree from Lindenwood University. She also holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in education from Saint Louis University.

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It is my position that Agua Fria Union High School District #216, deserves to have committed leadership and advocacy for our young people; someone willing to improve public education with a desire to serve the community and provide support to the district. By ensuring that the resources are adequate and aligned to meet established goals, excellence will be encouraged throughout the district. 
As a school board member, I understand the decisions the board makes will affect our young people, their parents, the livelihood of district employees, and the economic

well-being of our community. I am prepared to give the required time, energy, and I am willing to learn about issues affecting our district. I am committed to providing the best and most appropriate educational opportunities for all young people entrusted to our care. I am willing to work collaboratively to establish strategic goals to move the district toward the community’s vision for its high schools. 

Maxine Hill

Governing Board Member, Agua Fria Union High School District #216   maxhill@cox

I reside within the legal boundaries of the school district and have been a resident since 2001, bringing a broad base of knowledge and experience to the position. I am a retired Educator with a Master's Degree in Education Leadership with extensive experience in finance and budgeting. I’ve taught in public school, been adjunct faculty, and a community college career advisor. I am active in the community, serving on several city government committees, and community college advisory boards. 

After serving 9 years as a community college trustee, I understand the board’s role and responsibility and that no single individual has authority over school matters. As a board member, I can express an opinion, accept the will of the majority and, support decisions made by the board. I have the ability and courage to make difficult decisions, defend the philosophy and goals of the district. I have a cooperative spirit, can communicate well with others, and ask for your vote, so that I may be of service.

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Principal, NeoCity Academy   mikemeechin@gmail.com  @miketheprincipal

Michael Meechin

Michael Meechin is a high school principal, educational consultant, and keynote speaker. Michael speaks and writes on topics that include educational reform, high-impact instructional strategies, effective assessment practices, instructional technology, and school design. Meechin is a proud product of the inner-city public education system. He has spent his career in at-risk schools with high needs populations in Central Florida and Metro Atlanta. Serving as a social studies teacher, AVID coordinator, assessment coordinator, dean of students, assistant principal, and principal, Mike has a wide variety of experiences which make him an asset to schools and districts looking for support in reaching student populations through high-impact instruction.

Mike serves on the Advisory Board for the Future of Educational Technology Conference, one of the largest educational technology conferences in North America. Michael participated in our EDspaces 2020 interview. We discuss his school, NeoCity Academy, technology in the classroom, and the effects COVID-19 has on students. 

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Tiffany Jackson is a wife and mom to three children. She has served on the Aleutians East Borough School Board since 2007 and served seven terms as President. Her service with AASB began in 2010. Since becoming a school board member, Tiffany has worked at developing her skills as a board member and encouraging other board members to develop their skills to improve their role in governing our school districts and becoming better advocates for all of Alaska’s students. In the spring of 2016, she won an election to the National School Boards Association board, becoming the first Alaska Native/American Indian to win a seat on the NSBA’s governing body. Tiffany is also the Executive Director of the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe of Sand Point.

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Tiffany Jackson

Board Member, Aleutians East Borough School District   tjackson@aebsd.org

Assistant Professor at SLU   @dljahnke

Dr. Donna Jahnke

Dr. Jahnke began her career in the Ladue School District in 1991 as a classroom teacher, after having worked as a Special Education Teacher for the Special School District of St. Louis County.  In 1996 she became Director of Community Services, which included responsibilities as the Director of the Ladue Early Childhood Center, as well as for the Parents as Teachers and all-district fee-based programs.  In 1998 she was appointed Principal of Reed Elementary School where she remained until becoming an Assistant Superintendent in 2008. She currently works as an assistant professor in the school of education at SLU.

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Rick Johnston

(Retired) Superintendent, Mahomet-Seymour Community Schools   @RickJohnston

Rick participated in Issues in Education for a special edition that aired live from the Old State Capitol. 

Rick also participated in the panel discussion of Age-Appropriate School Safety & Security at the Annual Conference of IASB/IASA/Illinois ASBO in 2017.


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Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost keeps the district focused on unity, excellence, and relationships.​  He was recently cited in the St. Louis-Dispatch as a "Top Confidence-Boosting Leader"​ for 2015.  Rockwood lauded their Superintendent for being an effective communicator who is positive and clear about his goals for the district. ​​​

The Superintendent is guided by the district's five-goal areas to deliver on the Rockwood promise to ensure all students realize their potential: Student Learning, Highly Effective Staff, School Climate, District Finance, and Governance.  This road map drives Rockwood initiatives and accountability at all levels.

Before joining Rockwood in July 2014, Dr. Knost served as superintendent for the Mehlville School District. However, he comes back to Rockwood where he served during his early years as an educator and leader. As an administrative intern and band director from 1989-1997, Dr. Knost shared his expertise at a variety of Rockwood schools, including Lafayette and Marquette High Schools, Crestview, and Selvidge Middle Schools, plus Babler, Ballwin, Ellisville, Pond, Geggie, Westridge, and Woerther Elementary Schools.    

"It is my sincere desire to lead the Rockwood School District in a way  that will further solidify a community partnership and unite us in our mission to help all kids thrive in this world."

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Superintendent, Rockwood School District   knosteric@resdmo.org  @ROCK_Supt

Dr. Eric Knost

Dr. Tony Lake is the incoming superintendent at Lindbergh Schools, effective July 1, 2018, and he currently serves as Chief Operations Officer of Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas.


Dr. Lake brings 27 years of experience as a leader in instructional innovation to his new role at Lindbergh, including 16 years in public school administration. He began his career as a middle school and high school social studies teacher and later served as associate principal and principal of Shawnee Mission North High School, and principal of Blue Valley West High School. Prior to filling his current role as Chief Operations Officer, Dr. Lake served as Executive Director of School Administration for Blue Valley USD 229. Blue Valley is a school district in the Kansas City metro area that serves 22,200 students in grades K-12.

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Dr. Tony Lake

Superintendent, Lindbergh Schools   TLake@lindberghschools.ws @tonylake87

President of Maryville University   mlombardi@maryville.edu  @MaryvilleU

Dr. Mark Lombardi

Dr. Mark Lombardi is the tenth President of Maryville University. Named President in 2007, Dr. Lombardi is recognized for a comprehensive career in academe as a faculty member, author, fundraiser, administrator, and political commentator. He leads a university of over 6,500 students spread across two colleges and three schools (Arts and Sciences, Business, Health Professions, Education and Adult & Online), with over sixty majors, fifteen masters, and eight doctoral programs.

​Over 25 years at three different institutions, Dr. Lombardi has served in the positions of Director of the Baccalaureate Experience, Chair of the 

Department of Government, History and Sociology; Director of International Programs; Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost and President. Dr. Lombardi also served as Executive Director of the U.S.-Africa Education Foundation. Dr. Lombardi attained the rank of tenured full professor at both the University of Tampa and College of Santa Fe and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the board of trustees of the College of Santa Fe in 2007.

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Dr. Glenn Maleyko

Dearborn Public School   maleykg@dearbornschools.org  @DrMaleyko

Dr. Maleyko holds four degrees including a Bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Windsor, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Detroit Mercy. He graduated from Wayne State University in 2011 with a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Superintendent Maleyko has written several articles pertaining to educational practices and has authored research presented at a scholarly research conference.

He also presented on a variety of educational topics at both state and national conferences. He is an Executive Board member of the Middle Cities Association, the Metropolitan Bureau, and is very active with the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) an affiliate of the National School Superintendents Association.


Maleyko has a long history of leadership in the Dearborn Public Schools. He was named a model school principal by Dr. Bill Daggett’s International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) in 2009. As the Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools, he has received a Highly Effective rating by the Board of Education three years in a row as Graduation rates in Dearborn have achieved an all-time high of over 95 percent district-wide. Dearborn was recently published as the cover story in the MASA summer magazine for success with Graduation rates and providing a high-quality education for Dearborn students.


Under Dr. Maleyko’s leadership, the District has been recognized by Bridge Magazine and the Mackinac Center as one of the top school districts in the state. In addition, Becker Elementary received a National Blue Ribbon Award in 2017 and the STEM middle school in 2018 which are the first two schools in the history of Dearborn Schools to receive that award. In 2018 Maples Elementary was awarded as a National Title One Distinguished School. In 2018 Dearborn Public Schools was one of 45 districts that received recognition from the District Administration Leadership Institute (DALI) for success with the implementation of an innovative school improvement model. Dr. Maleyko continues to be very visible in the schools and community averaging over 400 school visits per year.

In 2018, under Dr. Maleyko’s leadership, the District was able to reach agreements with all five labor unions representing district staff members. All contracts passed with a wide margin of approval including two of the contracts passing with over 90% of union members voting in the affirmative. Superintendent Maleyko has a long-standing policy of open communication and transparency with all stakeholders. His team approach to leadership has guided the district through several critical issues including boundary line changes, developing a plan to address infrastructure needs, and updating the current strategic plan.


Dr. Maleyko received a very prestigious recognition by MASA as the 2019 Superintendent of the year in the State of Michigan. Click Here to view the Press Release. That was followed up by the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce Awarding him as the Business Person of the year in 2019.

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Affton School District Board of Education approved the hiring of Dr. Christopher R. McGee as Executive Director of Academic and Student Services for the 2018-2019 school year.  

Within this position, McGee will provide leadership, management, and coordination of assessment, data analysis, curriculum, and professional development systems, while also executing key tasks associated with federal programs and student services.

“Chris comes to us with passion and a desire to impact education that aligns with our mission, vision, core values, and strategic plan. We are excited about bringing his strong collaborative spirit and desire to innovate for kids to Affton,” said Dr. Travis Bracht, current assistant superintendent. “He brings not only his experience, but the experience, resources, and ideas of a deep professional learning network to our schools.”

McGee’s considerable experience in school administration includes his role as an assistant principal in the Rockwood School District since 2016, and as an assistant principal in the Webster Groves School District for two years prior. He also has four years of experience as a curriculum coordinator in Webster Groves.


“I am extremely excited about the direction in which Affton School District is moving. Students are immersed in engaging and authentic experiences at all grade levels,” said McGee. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to carry on the great work that Stephanie True has set into motion and move us forward toward new, innovative possibilities. I look forward to working alongside Affton’s exceptional educators and charting a path toward realizing our strategic plan.”

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Executive Director of Academic and Student Services, Affton School District   chris@connectedlearningstl.org

Dr. Chris McGee

Dr. Tom Muzzey

Superintendent, Orchard Farm School District   jwipke@foxc6.org @FoxC6Super

Thomas Muzzey, Superintendent of the Orchard Farm School District, since 2013.


Thomas Muzzey has served as the Warren County School Superintendent for two years. Before that he worked as associate superintendent and assistant superintendent in the Hillsboro R-3 School District.

​“Dr. Tom Muzzey brings a proven track record of success the school system," Board president Elmer Dwyer said in a press release. "He has served effectively as superintendent and is highly regarded by Board and community members in the school systems he has served. Dr. Muzzey has successfully served all students and demonstrated effectiveness in working with minority and economically disadvantaged children.” “I am excited about the opportunity to serve a district with such rich tradition and a bright future," he said in a press release. "I am anxious to begin work with a community that supports high academic standards with strong parental involvement.

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Regional Superintendent, St. Clair County ROE   ssarfaty@stclair.k12.il.us  @scsarfaty

Susan Sarfaty

Ms. Sarfaty has been an educator for over 30 years.  She joined the St. Clair County Regional Office of Education in 2000.​

Susan Sarfaty is a lifelong resident of Belleville. She attended Belleville #118 and is a graduate of Belleville West High School. She continued her education at Belleville Area College and received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University. She continued her education with Master’s and post-Master’s work through both SIU Carbondale and Edwardsville. Susan taught elementary and middle school from 1983 before joining the St. Clair County Regional Office of Education in 2000 as the Grants Manager. She became the Assistant Superintendent in 2006 and was appointed as the Regional Superintendent in 2010. She was elected to this position in 2012.

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Media literacy has been her passion since 1997, and she will talk about it to anyone who will listen.  Worst thing ever said about her as a professor?  “She took the joy out of watching ‘Jersey Shore’ for me.” The best thing?  “She never played games on my computer ONCE during her classes.”

She teaches media courses as an adjunct Webster University.

She advocates less preaching and more coaching when it comes to digital citizenship education.  Whatever you call it –media literacy, digital literacy, digital citizenship, news literacy – it all boils down to one thing: CRITICAL THINKING

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Julie Smith

Adjunct Professor, Webster University   heyjuliesmith@gmail.com  @julnilsmith

Superintendent, Liberty 53 School District   mjtucker@liberty.k12.mo.us  @TuckerTim

Dr. Jeremy Tucker

Jeremy is focused on continuous improvement for all in an ever-changing society.

Tucker began his job with the district on July 1, 2015. He previously served as the superintendent of the Logan-Rogersville School District located outside of Springfield, a position he has held since July 2008. Tucker brought 17 years of education experience to the Liberty district, including time spent as a teacher, principal, and coach.

“When I looked at the job, I realized Liberty is in a good place and needs a

good leader, someone who will stay around for a while,” Tucker said. “My introductory message would be that our focus is kids. At the end of the day, if we can say we’re doing great things for kids, then we’ve accomplished a lot. It’s not one person, it’s not the school district by itself. It’s the entire community, and I think that Liberty understands that and values that. I look forward to sharing my vision in that area.”


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Andy Turgeon

Superintendent, Knox County R-1   aturgeon@knoxr1.us  @Superturg

Andy Turgeon became the Knox County R-I Superintendent on July 1st, 2010. 

Mr. Turgeon was previously with Knox County as the middle school and high school principal. Mr. Turgeon succeeded DJ Leverton who will be going to the Pilot Grove C-4 School District as superintendent. 
Mr. Turgeon’s professional career began as a mathematics teacher at Canton R-V for five years and where he also served as a high school principal for four years before coming to Knox County R-I. He earned his Bachelors of Science

Degree in Education from Hannibal – Lagrange College, Masters of Education and specialist Degrees in Education from William Woods University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University.


Mr. Turgeon is also an adjunct instructor for William Woods University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University. 


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Superintendent, Fox C-6   jwipke@foxc6.org  @FoxC6Super

Dr. Jim Wipke

Dr. Wipke has been the superintendent of the Fox C-6 school district since 2014.  He had served as Executive Director of Secondary Education for Rockwood School District, a position he had held since 2011.


Dr. Wipke received his BS degree from Harris-Stowe State College.  He has a MA degree in Education and a MA degree in Administration.  His doctorate degree from Maryville University is in Educational Leadership.


During his 22 years in education, Dr. Wipke has served as an elementary and middle school teacher in the Rockwood School District, a middle school assistant principal in the Parkway School District, a middle and high school principal, and Executive Director of Secondary Education in the Rockwood School District.

“Dr. Wipke has the education, experience, strength of character, and vision to lead the Fox School District into the future,” said John Laughlin, Board President.  “We look forward to a smooth transition and are anxious for Dr. Wipke to meet the students, teachers, parents, staff, and the entire Fox Schools community.”

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Dr. Jeff Dosier

(Retired)  Superintendent, Belleville THSD 201   jdosier@bths201.org  @docjdoz

Dr. Jeff Dosier is the former Superintendent at Belleville THSD 201 school district. Mr. Dosier has 24 years of experience as a district superintendent, overseeing ninth to twelfth-grade students at Belleville 201.

Jeff's participation in Issues in Education included a special edition of the Illinois public school funding crisis. As of June 2016, the State of Illinois had not been able to arrive at a budget that would fund Illinois public schools, resulting in schools across Illinois to close their doors if they don’t receive state funding.  Many school districts are looking to alternative revenue sources in order to keep their doors open. To provide expert insight into this crisis are area superintendents who can share the realities that they are facing and the impact that families will be facing.  


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