Administration | Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Administration


Brad Griffith

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Principal
Building

Elizabeth Grana

Associate Principal
12th Grade

Shante Lyons

Assistant Principal
11th Grade

Beth Rapoff

Assistant Principal
10th Grade

Mike Tarpey

Dean of Students
9th Grade

Nick Gianino

Director of
Activities

Greg Baber

Activities
Coordinator

Administration Bios & Responsibilities

Brad Griffith

Brad Griffith joined the Ladue Horton Watkins High School team in 2013 as principal.  Prior to his current position, he served as an associate principal in 2012.  Brad came to the Ladue School District from Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, where he served as Assistant Dean of Students since 2006. He has served as Head Teacher at Georgetown Preparatory Day School and as Head Teacher at Metro Academic and Classical High School in St. Louis. Griffith received his master’s in education from Johns Hopkins University, his master’s in political science from American University, and his bachelor’s in history and education from the University of Iowa. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership at Saint Louis University.  

Responsibilities

  • Building Leadership Team/Department Chairs Business and HS Budget
  • Community Relations/Liaison
  • Parents Association and Alumni Association Collaborative School
  • Discipline Appeals
  • Faculty Handbook
  • High School Calendars
  • Leadership Funding
  • Policy Formation
  • Professional Development Funding New Teacher Coordinator
  • Student Enrollment and Records
  • Teacher Recruitment and Employment
  • High School Committees: Professional Development & Diversity
  • District Committees: Social Studies Curriculum
  • Board Advisory Committee: Finance
  • Faculty Supervision and Evaluation: Administrators and Social Studies

Elizabeth Grana

Liz Grana joined the Ladue Horton Watkins High School team in 2013 as an assistant principal. Prior to her position as assistant principal, Liz taught physical education and health at LHWHS. She attended Jacksonville University in Florida and played basketball. She completed her bachelor’s degree in physical education and health and her master’s degree in educational administration from Missouri Baptist University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University.

Responsibilities

  • 12th Grade Discipline, Development, Attendance, Class and
  • Parent Meetings
  • Benchmark Testing – Math and Reading Levels
  • ACT Prep
  • Graduation/Commencement Ceremony
  • Front Office Manager
  • Interventions – Reading Plus and Social Emotional
  • Parking (1st semester)
  • Testing Coordinator (EOC/PLAN/PSAT/ACT)
  • Transcripts and Student Records
  • Scheduling Handbook Course Descriptions, Additions, and Deletions
  • High School Committees: Professional Development
  • District Committees: Counseling, Science and World Languages Curriculum, and Executive Leadership Team
  • Board Advisory Committee: Technology
  • Faculty Supervision and Evaluation:
  • Counseling, Science, and World Languages

Dr. Shante Lyons

Dr. Shante` Lyons joins the administrative team in 2017 as Assistant Principal. Prior to his current position, Dr. Lyons taught African-American Studies and U.S. Studies at LHWHS. He completed his bachelor’s degree in English from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he also played football. Lyons completed a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University and earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Missouri -St. Louis in 2015.

Responsibilities

  • 11th Grade Discipline, Development, Attendance, Class and Parent Meetings
  • Parking (2nd Semester)
  • Testing Center
  • Semester Exam Make-Ups
  • Student Teachers
  • High School Committees: Diversity
  • District Committees: Communication Arts and Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum
  • Board Advisory Committee: Curriculum and Instruction
  • Faculty Supervision and Evaluation: English, ESL, Intervention Specialists, Library Media Center, and Visual and Performing Arts,

Dr. Beth Rapoff

Beth Rapoff joined the Ladue Horton Watkins High School team in 2014 as an assistant principal. Prior to coming to LHWHS, Beth was an English teacher and an assistant principal in Illinois. She attended the University of Evansville and played soccer. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English and her master’s degree in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  She earned her doctorate in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University.

Responsibilities

  • 10th Grade Discipline, Development, Attendance, Class and Parent Meetings
  • Co-Teaching Coordinator
  • Master Schedule (Course Requests, Sectioning, and Staffing) Open House and Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Room Utilization
  • Student Handbook
  • Underclassmen Pictures & Student IDs
  • District Committees: Evaluation, Math and Practical Arts Curriculum and District Strategic Planning
  • Board Advisory Committee: Finance
  • Faculty Supervision and Evaluation: Math, and Practical Arts

Mike Tarpey

Mike Tarpey joined Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 1999 as a business and marketing teacher. For the last eight years he has been an administrator. He attended Eastern Illinois and received his bachelor’s degree in finance and completed his master’s degree in Administration from Lindenwood University. Mike is is currently pursuing his specialist degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University.

Mike has been the head football coach at Ladue Horton Watkins High School for the last eight years.

Responsibilities

  • 9th Grade Discipline, Development, Attendance, Class and Parent Meetings
  • A+ Coordinator
  • Awards/Recognition Programs, Scholarship Committee, Ram Pride, and Senior Awards
  • Community Service Coordinator (Day of Service, ACT Testing Day for Freshmen)
  • Fitness Center Supervision
  • Freshmen Transition (Freshmen Advisory, Link Program, 8th Grade Parent meetings)
  • ISS & Supervisory Assistants
  • New Student Orientation
  • Safety Coordinator—Emergency Drills
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Board Advisory Committee: Facilities
  • Faculty Supervision and Evaluation: Supervisory Assistants

Nick Gianino

Nick Gianino is joining the Ladue Horton Watkins High School team as the Director of Activities during the 2017-2018 school year.  Prior to being hired by the Ladue School District, Nick was the Athletic Director at Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri from 2010-2017.  He also served the Fox School District as social science teacher, physical education teacher, assistant football coach, strength/conditioning coach, and head football coach from 2003-2010.  Nick attended McKendree University as a student-athlete and completed his bachelor’s degree in social science with secondary education certification.  He also earned a master’s degree in Education from Southwest Baptist University and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Missouri Baptist University.  Nick just shared his twelfth wedding anniversary with Jessica Gianino.  They are the proud parents of their seven year old son, Dante and five year old daughter, Sienna.

Responsibilities

  • Activities Administration
  • Activities Budget Oversight
  • Activities Fundraising
  • Activities Policies, Procedures, and Records
  • Activities Hiring, Professional Development, and Evaluation
  • Coaches Recruitment, Hiring, and Evaluations
  • Dads Club and Athletic Booster Liaison
  • Facility Reservations (HS Building Reservations/District Gyms)
  • District Committees: Physical Education and Health Curriculum
  • Faculty Supervision and Evaluation: PE/Health

Greg Baber

Greg Baber returns to Ladue Horton Watkins High School in the role of Activities Coordinator.  Prior to his current position, he served as a building-level administrator at Ladue Middle School for six years and Ladue Horton Watkins High School for four years.  Before coming to the Ladue School District, Greg had previous administrative experience in Mexico, Missouri and Webster Groves, Missouri, in addition to teaching experience in Wentzville, Missouri and Gypsum, Colorado.  Baber received his bachelor’s in education from the University of Missouri – Columbia, his master’s in Education Administration from Lindenwood University, and his specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from William Woods University.

Responsibilities

  • Blue/White Night, Bonfire, Pep Rallies, & Assemblies Clubs and Organizations
  • Event and Day Supervision
  • Event Staffing, Set-up, and Management
  • Field Trips
  • Homecoming and Prom
  • MSHSAA Data Entry and Coaches Education Transportation, Contest, and Official Confirmation

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