Administration | Ladue Middle School

Administration


Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson

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Principal
Building

Scott Lackey

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Assistant Principal
6th Grade

Vanessa Cochran

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Assistant Principal
7th Grade

Sarah Schwartz

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Assistant Principal
8th Grade

Administration Bios & Responsibilities

Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson

Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson has worked as a building administrator at Ladue Middle School for a total of 16 years having served as an Administrative Intern for a semester, Eighth Grade Assistant Principal for 11 years and Seventh Grade Assistant Principal for five years. In 2013, Dr. Taylor-Johnson was appointed to the position of Associate Principal.  Prior to Ladue, Dr. Taylor-Johnson taught Communication Arts in the Mehlville School District at Margaret Buerkle Middle School. Her educational background includes a bachelor of arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Middle School Education from Maryville University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University.

“What I enjoy most about my job is getting to know students, parents, and colleagues on a personal level and being in a position where I can inspire others to make a difference. You may catch me laughing, dancing, spontaneously joining a class activity, or (fill in the blank). If the end result is student achievement and a sense of community, count me in!” 

Responsibilities

  • Budget, Parent Association, Department Chairs
  • Leadership Team Marquee
  • Weekly Communication to Staff and Parents
  • Diversity, Supervision Schedules
  • School Pictures, Fundraising
  • Student Handbook, Transportation
  • Teaching Assistants-Meetings
  • Professional Development Committee
  • (Character Ed. Committee)
  • OLWEUS Bully Prevention
  • Schedule Review Committee
  • PAVE
  • Restorative Practices Committee
  • P.E. Curriculum Committee
  • Fine and Practical Arts Curriculum Committee
  • ELA Curriculum Committee
  • Executive Leadership Team
  • Curriculum Board Advisory Committee
  • District RTI

E-mail: ttaylor@ladueschools.net
Phone: 314-983-5512

Scott Lackey

Scott Lackey joined the administrative team at Ladue Middle School in 2013 as assistant principal. Prior to his current position, Scott served as a building technology coordinator and taught sixth grade science.  Before joining Ladue School District in 2001, Scott taught science and computer technology in the North Kansas City School District.  Scott received his bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Missouri – Columbia, a master’s degree in Educational Technology from Lesley University, and a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Webster University.  

“Getting to know students is the best part of my job.  As an administrator, I get the opportunity to see kids in a variety of settings, sometimes when they shine and sometimes when they need to grow.  I use that information to have conversations that let each child know that we are paying attention and we do care about them.”

Responsibilities

  • Sixth Grade Discipline and Sixth Grade Level Responsibilities
  • 6th Grade Orientation
  • Sixth Grade Camp
  • Fifth Grade Transition
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Meet The Teacher Night
  • Leadership Team
  • New LMS Teacher Group
  • Service Projects and Learning
  • DE and SRI Testing
  • Science Curriculum Committee
  • Technology Board Advisory Committee
  • Wellness Committee
  • Faculty supervision and evaluation: 6th grade teachers, gifted, technology

E-mail: slackey@ladueschools.net
Phone: 314-983-5512

Vanessa Cochran

Dr. Vanessa Cochran joined Ladue Middle School in 2017. She has been serving the educational community for over 20 years. She started her teaching career with the Wentzville School District in 1998, teaching in grades 3-4-5, then became a building Reading Specialist. She also served as the District Professional Development co-chair, providing training to teachers grades K-12. She went to work as a graduate assistant in the Honors Department with SLU in 2008, and teaching adjunct in their Education Department. After leaving SLU in 2011, she went to work in the St. Louis Public Schools, serving as the Instructional Support Coordinator for grades PreK-6. She joined Lindenwood University as a full time faculty member in 2012, working as an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department. Before joining the Ladue School District in 2017, she served as a Collaborative Work Consultant for the St. Louis RPDC, under the guidance of DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education), providing training and coaching to the Hazelwood and Parkway Schools. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Missouri Baptist University (1996), a Master’s Degree in Education from Lindenwood University (2004), a second Master’s Degree in Administration (2016); and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Studies: Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Louis University (2012). She is certified in Grades 1-8, Special Reading K-12, and Administration K-12.

She spends her free time with her husband, Shane; their 6 children, and two dogs. She loves hand lettering/calligraphy, reading, fishing and boating.

Responsibilities

  • Seventh Grade Discipline and Seventh Grade Level Responsibilities
  • Parent Association
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Problem Solving/RTI
  • Emergency Procedures and Drills
  • Leadership Team
  • MAP Testing
  • Teacher Assistants-Evaluation
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Schedule Review Committee
  • District Professional Development Committee
  • Social Studies Curriculum Committee

E-mail: vcochran@ladueschools.net
Phone: 314-555-5555

Sarah Schwartz

Sarah Schwartz joined the Ladue School District in 2007 and the LMS administrative team in 2013. Before coming to LMS, she taught Spanish at three district schools: Reed, Spoede and the high school. She began her teaching career at Indiana University as an associate instructor of Spanish, followed by a year teaching middle school in the Parkway School District.

Mrs. Schwartz received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Political Science and her master’s degree in Spanish Linguistics from Indiana University. After realizing she wanted to become a school leader, she completed her specialist’s degree in Educational Administration from Webster University.

Responsibilities

  • Eighth Grade Discipline and Eighth Grade Level Responsibilities
  • Master Schedule
  • Bell Schedule
  • High School Transition
  • Math Department Administrative Liaison
  • Math Acceleration
  • Problem Solving Team
  • Diversity Committee
  • Scheduling Committee
  • Eighth Grade Sports Program
  • Innovation Team
  • Ram Award Program
  • Evaluation Committee
  • Curriculum Handbook
  • Teacher Assistants – supervision and scheduling
  • Conferences
  • District MTSS Committee
  • District Modern and Classical Languages Committee
  • Faculty supervision and evaluation: 8th grade teachers, off team math, world languages

E-mail: saschwartz@ladueschools.net
Phone: 314-983-5512


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