Shanna Smith M.A.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Shanna Smith moved to St, Louis with her family in 2010. Shanna has a Master of Arts in Leadership and Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has worked in special education for over 15 years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She is certified to teach in Missouri in both Elementary Education, 1-8 and Mild-Moderate Cross-Categorical, K-12.

Dawn Franzen M.A.Ed.
Assistant Director

Dawn Franzen received her Bachelor's degrees in education and psychology and her Master's degree in education from Washington University, St. Louis. She has taught at the preschool, elementary and middle school levels and is certified to teach preschool through eighth grade and Mild-Moderate Cross-Categorical, K-12. Dawn is completing her Education Specialist degree in K-12 Leadership.

Krista Reese M.A.
School Counselor

Krista Reese has been working at The Lead School since 2018 and has over four years of experience in the field. She received her undergraduate degree in health services from Quincy University, where she was a division two student athlete, and her Masters degree in school counseling from Lindenwood University, Krista is a DESE certified school counselor grades K-12

Marci Jennings
Department Head/High School Math

Marci Jennings has over 15 years of teaching experience in a variety of school settings. She is certified in Elementary Education 1-6, Middle School Math 5-9, and Mild to Moderate Cross-Categorical, K-12. Marci is completing her Master of Education Learning and Technology degree. Please contact Marci with any technology questions/needs.

Tamara Walchschauser M.A.
Resource Coordinator

Tamara has over 27 years of teaching experience in a variety of special education settings, including self contained, resource support, and co-teaching. She has a Master of Special Education and is certified in ED/BD Elementary 1-6, and Mild to Moderate Cross Categorical K-12.

Kayla Brotherton M.A.
Lower Elementary

Kayla has been teaching for 10 years and in education for 13. She has been at The Lead School for 3 years. She has her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters of Arts in Education from Webster University. 

Ashley Graham
High School English

Ashley has been teaching at The Lead School for 3 years. She began as a 4th-6th grade teacher before moving to the igh school level 2 years ago. Ashley graduated from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin with her Bachelors degree in General Studies, along with completing the teaching program with an emphasis in English.

Jessica Henke M.A.
ACES Program (A.U. 2)

Jessica has been teaching at The Lead School for 4 years and she has taught for a total of 6 years. Prior to coming to The Lead School, Jessica was a ABA paraprofessional. Jessica received her Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary and Special Education from Lindenwood University.

Colleen Masin
BEST Program (A.U. 1)

Colleen has been teaching at The Lead School for almost 5 years. Prior to that, she was a paraeducator and substitute teacher. She attended University Missouri-Saint Louis and graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Education.

Mary McVey
High School Science

Mary has been teaching for 26 years, including one year at The Lead School. She graduated from St. Louis University with her Bachelors in Education and earned her Masters degree in Special Education from Chapmen University.

Brad Peach
High School Social Studies
Brad has been in education for 11 years and is in his 8th year of teaching. Brad graduated from Webster University with his Bachelors degree in Secondary Education. Brad is certified to in High School Social Studies.
Amber Roth
Upper Elementary
Amber has been teaching for five years and this is her third at The Lead School. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelors of Education. She has experience teaching general education as well as special education.
Alena Watson
Social Group

Alena has worked at The Lead School for five years and has worked in education for the past eight years. She has an Associate's degree in Human Services and a certificate in Addiction Studies, and she is currently working on obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Social Work.

Teonna Mitchell
Lead Behavior Interventionist

Teonna has been with The Lead School for 5 years. Prior to that, she worked in related fields for a total of 21 years. Teonna is currently working on  her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also a certified CNA, Medical Assistant and a Medical Technician 2.

Martuis Walker
Lead Behavior Interventionist

Martuis has worked at The Lead School for 4 years. He is a graduate of Parkway West and attended Forest Park Community College. Martuis also  served in the Army for 10 years.

Alfonzo Brown
Staff Trainer/Fitness Coordinator
Alfonzo has worked at The Lead School for 2 years and has worked in education for the past 6 years. He graduated with his degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Strength and Conditioning. He is currently working on obtaining his Master's degree in Education.