Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson
Dr. Solomon Knight
Special School District
Administration Bios & Responsibilities
Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson
Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson has previously served as an Administrative Intern, Eighth Grade Assistant Principal, and Seventh Grade Assistant Principal. In 2013, Dr. Taylor-Johnson was appointed to the position of Associate Principal, and in 2017, she became Principal of Ladue Middle School. 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!”
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.”
Dr. Solomon Knight
Dr. Solomon R.A. Knight began his professional teaching career in Indianapolis, Indiana. For the last 20 years, he has served students in various capacities in the non-profit and public education sectors. Dr. Knight joined the administrative team at LMS in 2019. Prior to joining Ladue, Dr. Knight served students in University City for six years as an alternative education teacher and administrative intern. Dr. Knight also has the honor of teaching doctoral students as an adjunct professor in Maryville University’s School of Education. Dr. Knight earned his Bachelor’s degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Bernard Baruch (CUNY) as a National Urban Fellow, and Doctoral degree from Maryville University. Dr. Knight is a third generation educator following in the matriarchal footsteps of grandmother and mother.
“Teaching is more than a profession; it is a passion. When the work gets difficult, we must remember our “why”. My “why” is to help build strong, confident and compassionate human beings.”
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.
Shantay joined the Ladue School District as an Area Coordinator with Special School District in August of 2016. Prior to her current position in Ladue, Shantay began her career working with adults with special needs at the Illinois Center for Autism as a Job Coach Specialist and then moving on to the Judevine Center for Autism as a Supported Employment Coordinator. Shantay served as a classroom teacher in Saint Louis Public Schools at Beaumont High School and then moved on to teach at Collinsville High School and went on later to teach as a Special Education resource teacher for Special School District in the Hazelwood School District. Shantay began supporting adult learners as a District- Wide Facilitator for 1 year in Riverview Gardens and then moving on to began her career as an Area Coordinator for 4 years in Riverview Gardens. Ms. Wakefield received a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Eastern Illinois University, her master’s in Special Education and a Special Reading certification from Fontbonne University, and her Specialist Degree in Education Administration from Webster University.
- IEP Compliance
- Extended School Year
- MAP-A Alternative Assessments
- Support Special School Staff and Intiatives
- Transition for Middle and HS students
- Special Education Building Budget
- Assist in the preparation of federal, state and local reports on Special Education