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Brad Griffith

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Jessica Bitting

Assistant Principal
Class of 2023

Annette Hayes

Assistant Principal
Class of 2022

Mike Tarpey

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Assistant Principal
Class of 2021

Beth Rapoff

Associate Principal
Class of 2024

Nick Gianino

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Director of

Jennifer Strohbeck


Shantay Wakefield


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.  


  • Building Leadership Team/Department Chairs Business and HS Budget
    Community Relations/Liaison
    Parents Association, Dads Club, & LEF Student Leadership Panel
    Summer School
    Collaborative School
    Discipline Appeals
    Faculty Handbook
    High School Calendars
    Leadership Funding
    Facilities (Construction, ABBCO, Daily Cleaning) Professional Development Funding
    Curriculum Night
    Teacher Recruitment and Employment

High School Committees:​
Professional Development, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, & Safety

District Committees​:
Finance & MTSSSupervision/Evaluation: ​Administrators, Counselors, FACS.

Jessica Bitting

Jessica Bitting joined the Ladue Horton Watkins High School team in 2018 as an assistant principal.  Prior to her current position, Jessica was the Dean of Students and Instruction at Brittany Woods Middle School.  She served as the English Language Arts Curriculum Content Leader in the Ferguson-Florissant School District for three years and taught English for six years.  Jessica earned her bachelor’s degrees in English and Education from Bucknell University and her master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Jessica is currently completing her PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


9th Grade
Discipline, Development, Attendance, Class and Parent Meetings
Graduation/Commencement Ceremony
Responsive Scheduling
New Teacher Coordinator
8th Grade Transition Planning

High School Committees:​ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Professional Development, and Seminar

District Committees:​ Professional Development, DEI, Communication Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, and Social Studies

Supervision/ Evaluation: ​English, Performing Arts, and Social Studies

Annette Hayes

Annette Hayes joined the Ladue Horton Watkins High School team in 2019 as an assistant principal. Prior to coming to LHWHS, Annette was an Academic Instructional Coach in St. Louis Public Schools at Sumner High for three years and taught English for four years. Annette earned her bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her masters degrees in special reading and educational leadership from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


10th Grade​ 
Discipline, Development, Attendance, Class and Parent Meetings
Student Handbook
Student Teachers
Testing Center & Semester Exam Make-Ups Testing Coordinator-(EOC/PSAT/AP)
ACT Prep

High School Committees:
Professional Development, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

District Committees:
Curriculum & Instruction, Science, and World Languages

Science, Library and Media Center, and World Languages

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 nine years.


11th Grade​
Discipline, Development, Attendance, Class and Parent Meetings
Awards/Recognition Programs, Scholarship Committee Link Crew Program
ISS & Supervisory Assistants
Safety Coordinator—Emergency Drills
Substitute Teachers

High School Committee: ​

SAs, Industrial Tech, & Fine 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.

12th Grade​

Discipline, Development, Attendance, Class and Parent Meetings
Front Office Manager
Benchmark Testing – Math and Reading Levels NWEA Transcripts, Student Records, Exchange Programs LEADS Academy
Social Emotional Student Supports
CAPS Program
Master Schedule
Room Utilization
Scheduling Handbook-Protocols, Course Additions, Descriptions, and Deletions

High School Committee:
​Safety Committee

District Committees: ​
Math, CTE, Calendar, Evaluation, & MTSS

Supervision/Evaluation: ​
Math, Business, Journalism

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.


Activities Administration
Activities Leadership Committee(s)
Activities Budget, Fundraising, and Oversight Activities Policies, Procedures, and Records
Athletic Master Scheduling
Athletic Renovations
Student-Athlete Academic Coordinator
Fitness Center, Pool and PAC Oversight
Community Liaison (LEF, PA, Dad’s Club)
Facility Reservations (HS Building and District Gyms) Event Management and Supervision
Athletic Trainers
State Committees (MSHSAA and MIAAA)
Suburban Conference Representative

District Committees:​
Physical Education and Health Curriculum, Facilities and Calendar

Physical Education and Health, Coaches, and Sponsors

Jenifer Strohbeck


Activities, Clubs, and Organizations
Parking Oversight and Management
Activites Website Coordinator
Open House and Parent/Teacher Conferences Underclassmen Pictures and Student IDs
Blue/White Night, Bonfire, Pep Rallies, & Assemblies School Dances (Homecoming and Prom)
Senior Day of Service
Field Trips and Flyer Approval
Event Staffing, Set-up, and Supervision
Blue Crew Coordinator
MSHSAA Data Entry and Coaches Education Transportation, Contest, and Official Confirmation Day Supervision/Duties as Assigned

Shantay Wakefield

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