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Meet our New Administrators!

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services

Dr. Chelsea Watson has been selected as the assistant superintendent of student services, replacing Dr. Bonnie Maxey who retired. Dr. Watson has 20 years of educational experience including nine years as principal of Southwest Middle School and six years as an assistant principal and administrative intern. Prior to joining Southwest Middle School, Dr. Watson served as a teacher for five years at Wren Hollow Elementary. She holds a doctorate of education from Lindenwood University as well as a master of arts from Maryville University and a bachelor of arts from Drury College in Springfield, Mo.

Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Accountability

Dr. Lisa Merideth has been selected as the assistant superintendent of teaching, learning and accountability, replacing Kathy Blackmore who is retired. Dr. Merideth has 27 years of educational experience and most recently served as Parkway’s Elementary Communications Arts Curriculum Coordinator. Prior to joining Parkway in 2006, Dr. Merideth served as Literacy and Math Staff Developer and Director of Title I programs for the Jennings School District. Prior to that, Dr. Merideth served the Columbia (Mo.) School District for 14 years as a classroom teacher and Literacy Specialist. She holds a doctorate of education from Maryville University as well as a master’s degree in education from Lindenwood University and a bachelor’s degree in human environmental science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Coordinator of Elementary English Language Arts (formerly Communication Arts)

Susan Irby is the coordinator for elementary English language arts, replacing Dr. Lisa Merideth who will be the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Accountability. Irby has been with Parkway for 14 years, most recently as a Literacy Coach at Pierremont Elementary. She previously taught first and fifth grades at Ross Elementary. Irby holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Missouri State University, a master's degree in education from Maryville University and an educational specialist degree in education, curriculum and instruction from Missouri Baptist University.

Coordinator of Mathematics

Dr. Amy Spears replaced Dr. Tim Hudson as Parkway’s curriculum coordinator of mathematics education. Dr. Spears most recently currently served as an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University in educational leadership. She taught mathematics at McCluer High School and has taught middle school science and mathematics in the Francis Howell, Northwest and Lebanon school districts, as well as mathematics at the junior college level. Spears has her bachelor's degree in middle school math and science education from Southwest Baptist University and a master's degree in education and doctorate in instructional leadership from Lindenwood University.

Coordinator of Student Assessment

Kevin Beckner has been selected as the coordinator of student assessment, replacing Dr. Julie Collins who relocated to Kansas City. Beckner has 10 years of educational experience including five years as assistant principal at Northeast Middle School and five years as a social studies teacher in the Pattonville School District. Beckner holds a master of arts in educational administration from Lindenwood University as well as a master of arts in education and a bachelor of arts in history from Truman State University.

Director of Data Management and Research

Dr. Nathan Tyson has been selected as the director of data management and research. Tyson has 14 years of experience in education and has been serving as Parkway's coordinator of program evaluation since 2009. Prior to that, he served as a middle school principal in the Wentzville School District, assistant principal in the Jefferson City Public Schools and an administrative intern in the Francis Howell School District.  Tyson was a classroom teacher for five years prior to his administrative positions. Tyson received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and history from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree of education in educational administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  He holds a doctorate of education in educational leadership from St. Louis University.

Carman Trails Assistant Principal

Robert Villigram has been named assistant principal at Carman Trails Elementary, replacing Aaron McPherson who will be Principal at Highcroft Ridge. Villigram is currently an Administrative Intern at Wren Hollow Elementary where he has served since 2009. Prior to that, he taught science at South High. Villigram earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Southwest Baptist University and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Central Middle Administrative Intern

Caroline (Carrie) Lawton is administrative intern at Central Middle, replacing Dr. Jana Reiter. Lawton has been a middle school math teacher for 16 years and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia since 2009. Lawton has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southwest Missouri State and a master's degree in educational administration from Lindenwood University. 

Craig Elementary Principal

Bill Senti has been selected as the principal of Craig Elementary School. Senti started his professional career as an art teacher in the Rockwood School District. In 2008, he was selected for the administrative intern position at Parkway West Middle and for the past three years he served as an assistant principal at Northeast Middle. Senti has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts/graphic design and a master’s degree in educational administration from Lindenwood University.

Craig Elementary Assistant Principal

Berin Waller, most recently a fifth-grade teacher at Craig Elementary, will be an assistant principal at Craig, replacing Jodi Meese who will be assistant principal at River Bend Elementary. Prior to coming to Parkway, Waller served as a classroom teacher in second, third, fourth and fifth grades for 10 years in the Jennings School District. Waller received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in educational administration from Lindenwood University.

Highcroft Ridge Elementary Principal

Aaron McPherson has been selected as principal of Highcroft Ridge Elementary, replacing Ms. Simone Wilson who retired in December and Dr. Rhonda Coleman who served as interim principal. Mr. McPherson has 10 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. He taught vocal music at Northeast Middle and Central Middle for four years, and served as administrative intern and assistant principal at South Middle, and assistant principal at Carman Trails Elementary. Mr. McPherson holds a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in vocal music from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

 Mason Ridge Elementary Administrative Intern

Dr. Melody Gunn has been chosen as administrative intern at Mason Ridge Elementary, replacing Malinda Ice. She most recently served as project director for Parkway’s Scientists in Residence program since 2011. Prior administrative experience includes science and health curriculum coordinator for Pattonville School District, and elementary principal and assistant principal positions in the Mehlville School District. She was an elementary teacher for eight years in Mehlville and Columbia public schools. Gunn holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s degree in education from Lindenwood University, an educational specialist degree from Southwest Baptist University and a doctorate degree in educational administration from Maryville University.

North High Assistant Principal

Greg Wagener will be an administrative intern at North High. He has nine years of experience as a language arts teacher at North High. Wagener holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and English, and a master’s degree in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

 

Northeast Middle Assistant Principal

Derek Scott will be an assistant principal at Northeast Middle, replacing Bill Senti who will be principal at Craig. Scott has 15 years of experience in education and is currently a progress monitoring coach at West Middle and West High. Scott also taught high school science and literacy in the Shawnee Mission School District (Kansas), Cherry Creek School District (Colorado) and Pattonville School District prior to coming to Parkway in 2010. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in science education from the University of Kansas, and a master’s degree in language, literacy and culture from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Northeast Middle Assistant Principal

Dr. Grace Lee was named assistant principal at Northeast Middle, replacing Kevin Beckner who will be coordinator of student assessment. Lee has been both a teacher and school social worker for the past 13 years.She began her career teaching middle school language arts and then worked in the area of school social work in the Jennings School District until 2010 when she came to Parkway as a communication arts teacher at Southwest Middle. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in middle school education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, and master’s and doctorate degrees in educational administration from Lindenwood University.

Preschools Administrative Intern

Margaret Donnelly was selected as administrative intern for Parkway’s preschool programs. Donnelly has nine years of experience as a kindergarten and early childhood educator, having most recently served at the Family Center in the School District of Clayton for five years. She also taught in St. Louis Public Schools, Ladue Early Childhood Center and Villa Duchesne Oak Hill School. Donnelly received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. and a master’s degree in education from Maryville University.

River Bend Elementary Assistant Principal

Jodi Meese has been named assistant principal at River Bend Elementary. Meese has served as assistant principal at Craig Elementary since 2011 and prior to that was the administrative intern at Barretts Elementary. As an elementary teacher, Meese taught first, second and fifth grades. Meese received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a master of educational administration from Lindenwood University.  

Ross Elementary Assistant Principal

Felicia Boyd is assistant principal at Ross Elementary, replacing Jason Adams. Boyd comes to Parkway from the Hazelwood School District, where she has served as an instructional specialist for four years and professional development specialist for three years. She also spent eight years as a third, fourth and fifth-grade classroom teacher. Boyd holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Harris Stowe State College, a master’s degree in education from National-Louis University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Lindenwood University.

South High Principal

Dr. Patrice Aitch has been selected as the new principal at South High, replacing Gary Mazzola who retired. Dr. Aitch has 18 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. She taught high school social studies for six years and has served as assistant principal at South High for the past 12 years. Dr. Aitch holds a doctorate of education and an education specialist degree from Missouri Baptist University, as well as a master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in education from Southwest Missouri State University.

South High Assistant Principal

Darryl Diggs has been chosen as assistant principal at South High, replacing Paula Hopkins. Diggs has been a science teacher at South Middle since 2007 and was recently selected by the Parkway Alumni Association as the recipient of an Albert Award. The Albert Awards honor the accomplishments and promise of teachers in their first through fifth year of teaching. Diggs holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a master's degree in educational administration from Missouri Baptist University.

South High Assistant Principal

Lori Maddox has been selected as an assistant principal at South High, replacing Dr. Patrice Aitch who is taking the position as principal of South High. Maddox has 23 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. She has been serving as assistant principal of Alternative Education since 2010. Prior to that, she served as assistant principal at West Middle and South Middle. She spent the first 10 years of her career as an assistant principal, administrative assistant and teacher at South High. Maddox received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

South High Assistant Principal

Michelle Thompson has been selected as assistant principal at South High, replacing Barbara Moore who retired. Thompson has 16 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, most recently as Special School District (SSD) area coordinator at South High. She started her career as a secondary science teacher and moved into special education teaching in 2002. Thompson received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from William Woods University in Fulton. She also received her school leadership educational specialist degree from Webster University.

Southwest Middle Principal

Dr. Craig Maxwell has been selected as principal of Southwest Middle School. He will replace Dr. Chelsea Watson who was named assistant superintendent of student services. Dr. Maxwell has 14 years of educational experience. He began his teaching career as a high school English teacher in 1998 and took on his first administrative position as assistant principal at Parkway Northeast Middle in 2003. For the past 5 years, he has served as an assistant principal and principal in the Rockwood School District, most recently as principal at Wildwood Middle School. Maxwell earned a bachelor's degree in speech communication, a master's degree in secondary education from Truman State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Louis University.

Wren Hollow Elementary Administrative Intern

Katie Terbrock was selected as administrative intern at Wren Hollow Elementary, replacing Robert Villigram who was named assistant principal at Carman Trails. She taught fifth grade for two years at Henry Elementary before becoming a sixth grade teacher and University of Missouri Fellow Mentor at Southwest Middle where she has served since 2003. Terbrock received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a master’s in educational administration from Lindenwood University.