Opportunities to Lead in St. Louis
Check out some of the featured jobs from our partner organizations below. 
Ali Academy
Literacy Coach K-6

Center of Creative Arts (COCA)
Member Engagement Coordinator
Grants Manager
Director of Development
Senior Director of Arts Programming

Kairos Academies
All positions

KIPP St. Louis
Elementary Teaching Aid
Elementary Specials Teacher
High School English Teacher
High School Math Teacher
High School Special Education Teacher
Middle School Special Education Teacher
Middle School Math Teacher
Middle School English Teacher
Middle School Science Teacher
Paraprofessional (22.23 School Year)
Special Education Coordinator
Teaching Fellow

Lafayette Preparatory Academy
7th and 8th Grade ELA Teacher
7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher
7th and 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Middle School PE Teacher + Athletic Director
Middle School Special Education Teacher

The Leadership School
Founding Instructional Coach
Founding Teachers
School Counselor
School Operations Manager

Modern Classrooms Project
Virtual Summer Institute for Teachers

The Opportunity Trust
Catalyst Fellow
Chief of Staff

Saint Louis Community College
Adjunct – English
Adjunct – Reading
Adjunct – Smart Start Student Success
Basic Needs Support Specialist
Director, Community Outreach and Diverse Student Programming
Professional Tutor – Math
Professional Tutor – STEM
Professional Tutor – Writing Center
Program Planner – Continuing Education
Senior Student Success Advisor
Student Success Advisor

Saint Louis University
Graduate Programs Offered in the School of Education at Saint Louis University

School District of Clayton
Assistant Principal, Wydown Middle School

St. Louis Language Immersion School
Library, Literacy, Media Specialist
Music Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Teacher Language (French, Mandarin, Spanish)

St. Louis Public Schools
Various Positions

Strategic Community Partners
Communications Manager

Teach For America St. Louis
Director, Alumni Network
We are proud to be hosting the following speakers at this year's event!
Elizabeth Bleier (STL ’06)
Elizabeth serves as the Executive Director of Teach For America St. Louis. Originally from Chicago, Elizabeth began her career as a 2006 St. Louis Corps Member, where she taught high school special education for five years in the St. Louis Public Schools district. She joined the KIPP St. Louis team in 2012 as the founding Director of Talent Acquisition, managing the recruitment, hiring and talent functions and supporting the region’s growth from one to six schools. In 2018 Elizabeth joined the TFA St. Louis staff as the Chief of Staff and managed the talent, strategy and operations of the regional team before transitioning into the Executive Director role. Elizabeth received her BA in Political Science from Grinnell College, her Masters in Special Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her MA/MBA in Educational Leadership and Marketing from Saint Louis University.
Charles Burton
Charles Burton is a proud product of the St. Louis Public Schools, where he currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer. Charles prides himself on building structure and effective teams. He also currently serves as the Pastor of Unity Fellowship Church in Godfrey, Illinois
Charles’ academic credentials include a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Washington University School of Law; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. He believes, "Education is not preparation for life; Education is life itself." - John Dewey

Emily Dia
Emily Dia has worked as a classroom teacher and instructional coach for the last 20 years. Her grounding purpose is to create equitable access to transformative teaching for all children. She is passionate about culturally responsive practice, standards-based grading, and dynamic curriculum design and spends her days as Partnerships Manager for the Modern Classrooms Project, supporting educators, schools, and districts reimagining instruction with the Modern Classroom model. Emily holds a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University and a Master’s degree in Learning & Instruction from Northeastern University. When she's not thinking about creating paths and systems to help all students succeed, she dreams about reading a book on a beach and enjoying time with her family and dog Buffy, slayer of vampires.

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Shalia Ford
Shalia Ford is the Director of Leadership Programs at FOCUS St. Louis where she designs and facilitates experiential leadership programs for mid-level career women and high school students as well as provides oversight for other FOCUS programs. Her career in the nonprofit sector spans more than 20 years with expertise in youth development, program/curriculum design, and nonprofit administration. She previously held leadership roles with the YWCA Metro St. Louis and NAACP National Office. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in African-American Studies as well as a Master of Business Administration from Fontbonne University.  

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Jana Haywood EdD
Jana Haywood is a principal with more than 15 years’ experience in education. In her role as principal, in addition to being an instructional leader, she manages the daily operations of the school.  Dr. Haywood plays an intricate role in advancing the vision of the school and district by ensuring an amazing learning experience that is foundationally steeped in equity for all. Employed by St. Louis Public Schools for much of her career and most recently the Ritenour School District, she has worked in a number of capacities to include administrator, teacher, instructional coach, athletic director and department head.
Keisha Mabry Haymore (STL '10)
Gary Ritter
Dean of the School of Education
Gary W. Ritter is a Professor and Dean of the School of Education at Saint Louis University. Since taking the role as Dean in 2018, Ritter has focused on growing programs that are evidence-based, academically rigorous, and of direct service the St. Louis region. Ritter was a faculty member in Education Policy at the University of Arkansas from 2000-18. He has published over 100 articles, books, book chapters, and working papers on topics related to teacher quality, teacher evaluation, postsecondary access for low-income students, and the implementation and evaluation of programs aimed at improving educational outcomes for low-income students.

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Rick Skinner
For more than 30 years, Rick Skinner has championed the volunteer movement. As Vice President of the United Way Volunteer Center Rick leads strategy and operations to equip nonprofit agencies and Fortune 500 corporations to strengthen volunteer management programming to meet the region’s most-critical needs. Rick also serves on United Way WorldWide’s Employee and Volunteer Engagement Council and on leadership committees with Points of Light. Locally, Rick serves on the advisory board of the Chaifetz School of Business Service Leadership program at Saint Louis University. He also provides volunteer management and board service training and is a national and international speaker on these topics. Prior to joining the United Way staff in 1999, Rick served as assistant development director at United Cerebral Palsy Association and the Epilepsy Foundation. Rick holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, he is a graduate of the Leadership St. Louis program through FOCUS St. Louis, and he is also a professional disk jockey.
Laura Vilines (STL '06)
In 2018, Laura founded St. Louis Teacher Residency, the first program of its kind in the St. Louis region. STLTR’s model blends a rigorous full-year classroom apprenticeship with a carefully aligned sequence of academic coursework, designed to successfully prepare teachers for a career in education.  
Prior to this work, Laura served as the Chief Academic Officer at STEM Preparatory Academy, a charter school network located in Nashville, Tennessee. In her time as CAO, STEM Prep was consistently named a Reward School, performing in the top 10 percent of schools in the state. Laura holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy and a Master’s degree in Education Policy from Vanderbilt University. Laura is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and she began her career as a 2006 Teach For America Corps Member, teaching high school English.
Robyn Wiens
Dr. Robyn Wiens is the Assistant Superintendent of Students Services in the School District of Clayton.  Dr. Wiens has helped open two STEM-focused schools, including Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, Missouri’s first single gender public school. Dr. Wiens has a background in project-based learning, equity, academic and behavioral interventions, and school leadership. She has worked in both traditional public and charter public schools in Boston and Seattle and has degrees from Drake University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and University of Washington.  In her spare time, Dr. Wiens enjoys kickboxing and teaching her pandemic puppy new tricks.
Partner Organizations
Teach for America St. Louis appreciates all of our partner organizations for helping make this event happen!
We are excited to offer our 2022 Lead in The Lou attendees a special program around the the theme of The Intersection of Education and Human Capital.

The event will take place over the course of two days:
Friday, February 11, 6:00 – 7:30 PM CT
Saturday, February 12, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CT

In addition to our exciting program content, we are happy to offer event attendees GrubHub credits for meals during the event.
Friday 11
6:00 pM
Welcome and Opening
Presented by Teach for America St. Louis
Friday 11
6:10 pM
Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Education and Human Capital
Panelists: Charles Burton | Chief Human Resources Officer, Saint Louis Public Schools
Gary Ritter | Dean of the School of Education, Saint Louis University
Laura Vilines (STL '06) | Founder & Executive Director, St. Louis Teacher Residency
Robyn Wiens | Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, School District of Clayton

Moderator: Elizabeth Bleier (STL ’06) | Executive Director, Teach for America St. Louis
Friday 11
7:10 pM
Networking and Meaning Building
Saturday 12
9:00 AM
Welcome and Opening
Presented by Teach for America St. Louis
Saturday 12
9:10 AM
Panel Discussion: Community Voices
Saturday 12
9:30 AM
Innovation and Impact Showcase
Hear short presentations from five of our partners about their impact and innovative practices here in St. Louis.
Saturday 12
10:00 AM
Breakout Session
Get On Board: Leveraging Your Leadership Talent to Make a Difference on Nonprofit Boards
Presented by Rick Skinner | Vice President, Volunteer Center, United Way of Greater St. Louis

Sign up to learn about the fundamentals and expectations of Board service including Young Professional Boards and nonprofit committees. The program will feature an educational session led by the United Way of Greater St. Louis Volunteer Center and an opportunity for participants to learn from one-another to share best practices, lessons learned and resources to equip the audience for serving in leadership roles with area nonprofits. Skills-Based volunteers and guidance to get connected to opportunities you care about will also be featured in this interactive session.
Saturday 12
10:00 AM
Breakout Session
Networking Shouldn't Be Work with Keisha Mabry Haymore (STL '10)
Presented by Keisha Mabry Haymore (STL '10) | Director of Entrepreneurship, WEPOWER | Author, Speaker, Motivator

Join this session to learn 5 stress-free networking tips, tools and tidbits to meet anyone you want to meet.
Saturday 12
10:00 AM
Breakout Session
Leveraging Self-pacing to Meet Every Student's Needs with Modern Classrooms
Presented by Emily Dia | Partnerships Manager, Modern Classrooms

In any classroom, learners inevitably fall behind for a variety of reasons, and helping students stay on pace is an ongoing challenge for educators. Join Emily Dia, Partnerships Manager at the Modern Classrooms Project, to learn about the MCP instructional model and to build skills around self-paced structures that will help you effectively support the range of your students' academic and social-emotional needs, and ensure learning stays continuous despite absences and quarantines.
Saturday 12
11:00 AM
Saturday 12
11:15 AM
Innovation and Impact Showcase
Hear short presentations from five of our partners about their impact and innovative practices here in St. Louis.
Saturday 12
11:45 AM
12:00 PM
Breakout Session
Exploring the Social Change Wheel: Leading Change in the Lou + Beyond
Presented by Shalia Ford, Director | Leadership Programs, FOCUS St. Louis

There are several strategies for addressing the issues that plague our communities. Together we will analyze how multiple change strategies can enhance one’s understanding of an issue and the impact of one’s action. In this interactive session, participants will explore their own preferences and experiences; identify types of action that resonate with them and consider additional modes of action. Come prepared to reflect, reimagine new ideas and reaffirm your commitment to lead change.
12:00 PM
Breakout Session
Preparing for a Job Interview
Presented by Elizabeth Bleier | Executive Director, Teach For America St. Louis

Whether or not you are actively seeking a new job, knowing how to plan and conduct a strong interview preparation process is a critical skill to advance your career. This session will introduce participants to the “Top 8 Tips” to succeed in your next job interview. Attendees will leave with practical skills and tools to prepare for and execute strong interviews.
Saturday 12
12:00 PM
Breakout Session
Trauma Informed Practices in Schools with Dr. Jana Haywood
Presented by Jana Haywood EdD | Principal, Ritenour High School

With fifteen plus years of experience working in urban school settings, I have found myself consistently tackling the achievement gap that persists with students.  Improving teacher practice is key.  The coaching lens has focused primarily on pedagogy and content knowledge, failing to address the social and emotional well-being of our students and staff.  Classroom management techniques are not enough when it comes to supporting the learning of students with toxic stress.  This session will address the ways in which trauma shows up in school but more importantly spotlight the silver lining of replicable strategies to enhance school and community efficacy through the sharing of stories.  Participants will learn strategies they can implement immediately in their school on the journey to becoming trauma-informed.  Participants will learn how trauma affects the brain and therefore student learning.  Participants will learn that positive relationships increase resiliency which is the "magic" for overcoming traumatic experiences.
About Lead in The Lou
Teach For America St. Louis is excited to be hosting its 4th 'Lead in The Lou' weekend, taking place virtually February 11 – 12, 2022. This event serves to inform and excite local St. Louis corps members, local alumni, alumni across the country, and the broader St. Louis community about the opportunities available in St. Louis and the innovations taking place in our city.

Event participants will...

  • Leave inspired, believing that the work to achieve educational equity in St. Louis is possible and seeing a role they can play.
  • Grow in their understanding of the St. Louis education landscape.
  • Be exposed to impactful and innovative work being done in St. Louis by organizations and a diverse set of leaders.
  • Build tangible career advancement skills.
  • Build their network in St. Louis.
Date & Time
February 11, 2022, 6:00 PM - February 12, 2022, 1:00 PM
During registration, you will have the option to indicate interest in learning more about the Lead in The Lou partner organizations, as well as the opportunity to optionally share your resume or LinkedIn profile. To avoid timing out, if you wish to share your resume, we recommend locating it prior to starting the registration process.

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