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.

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 II student athlete. She also received her degree in school counseling from Lindenwood University. Krista is a DESE certified school counselor, grades K-12

Marci Jennings
High School Science/Technology Coordinator

Marci Jennings has over 15 years of teaching experience in a variety of school settings. She has certifications in Elementary Education, 1-6; Middle School Math, 5-9; and Mild/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/Moderate Cross-Categorical, K-12.

Kayla Brotherton M.A.
Lower Elementary

Kayla has been teaching for ten years and has been in education for 13 years. She has been at The Lead School for three years. She has her bachelor's degree in early childhood education and her master's degree in education from Webster University. 

Heather Dattilo
Upper Elementary

Heather Dattilo has spent seventeen years in education.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Webster University and her Master's Degree in Reading from Fontbonne University.  Her experience encompasses both the general education setting as well as the special education setting.  She was most recently a reading specialist in one of the school districts in St. Louis and is excited to be a part of the Lead School.

Ashley Graham
High School English

Ashley has been teaching at The Lead School for three years. She began as a 4-6 grade teacher before moving to the high school level two years ago. Ashley graduated from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin with her bachelor's degree in general studies. She completed the teaching program with an emphasis in English.

Colleen Masin
BEST Program (A.U. 1)

Colleen has been teaching at The Lead School for five years. Prior to that, she was a paraeducator and substitute teacher. She attended University Missouri-Saint Louis and graduated with her bachelor of science degree in education.

Josh Manian
High School Math

Josh has been teaching for 12 years. He graduated from University Missouri-Columbia with his degree in Secondary Education. He received his Master of Arts in Secondary Administration from Lindenwood.

Brad Peach
High School Social Studies
Brad has been in education for 11 years and is in his eighth year of teaching. Brad graduated from Webster University with his bachelors degree in secondary education. Brad is certified in High School Social Studies.
Teonna Mitchell
Lead Behavior Interventionist

Teonna has been with The Lead School for five years. She has been working in this field for a total of 21 years. Teonna is currently working on  her associate degree in early childhood education. She is also a certified CNA, Medical assistant and a Medical technician-2.

Alfonzo Brown
Staff Trainer/Fitness Coordinator
Alfonzo has worked at The Lead School for two years and has worked in education for six years. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in exercise physiology with a minor in strength and conditioning. He is currently working on obtaining his master's degree in education.