Navigate STL Schools is made possible through the following staff, parent navigators, and board members.
Anna-Stacia Allen - Executive Director
Originally from Toledo, Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University Anna-Stacia has spent her career working in non-profit and education-based organizations. She returns back to the St.Louis area extremely passionate about helping to provide equitable access to education for all families.
Dr. Renee Racette - President
Dr. Renee Racette is a lifetime-certified chemistry, biology, and mathematics teacher in addition to holding a lifetime principal's certification in the state of Missouri. She holds a Masters in Secondary Administration and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, both from UMSL. She spent 13 years in the St. Louis Public Schools in a variety of roles from chemistry teacher to school leader. She currently works as the Director of Research, Evaluation, and Strategic Learning at Rung for Women. Renee believes deeply in the mission of Navigate STL Schools and is keenly aware of how hard it is for families to navigate the complex landscape of school options in St. Louis. She aims to build an organization that the community can trust as THE source of unbiased and unfiltered truth about all schools in the St. Louis region while also pushing, alongside other stakeholders, to tear down the oppressive and racist systems that continue to plague our region, more specifically our schools.
Matthew Christian - Treasurer
Marcus has spent the last 25 years doing transformational work for young people from Kindergarten through College. A St. Louis Native, Marcus brings a long history of getting great outcomes in both public and private schools. As a leader in a high poverty setting serving more than two thousand students, Marcus won the prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools Award, based on the ability of his students to consistently surpass the state average on state exams and the national average on the SAT. After 20 years as a school teacher and administrator, Marcus became the first CEO of the Memphis Education Fund, a $240 million effort to transform the lowest-performing schools in West Tennessee. He has completed the Aspen Institute-Pahara Education fellowship, and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree from DePauw University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Butler University. He has earned a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and a Certificate in Executive Coaching from Columbia University, where he is currently a doctoral candidate.
Dr. Sam Smith is a passionate advocate for educational equity and has enjoyed a career in education for the past fifteen years. She has served as an English teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal in the St. Louis Public and Maplewood Richmond Heights school districts. She earned her BS in Secondary English Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia (2005), MA in Educational Leadership from Maryville University (2009), and EdD in Education Administration from Maryville University (2017). She holds career certifications in 9-12 English and K-12 Reading, as well as initial 9-12 Principal and K-12 Superintendent certifications. Dr. Smith has spent over a decade coaching high school policy debate, sending students to national competition three years in a row. She serves on regional AdvancED school accreditation teams annually and enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring St. Louis. Dr. Smith currently works as an Assistant Principal at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District.
If you have any questions about our team at Navigate STL Schools please contact us today.