Welcome to Spoede Elementary School! There are so many aspects of our school’s community that make us unique, and I’m proud to share just some of them with you today! Spoede’s diversity, in many ways, makes us a special community. When reflecting about our school, I often say, “Everyone is different, so no one is different.” Spoede students leave our school with a true appreciation and respect for diversity. Another way Spoede stands out is through our Families and Leadership groups. Our large families have about 100 members, and our smaller Turtle Teams consist of a mix of K-4 students and one adult. Families stay together for their entire time at Spoede. The hope is that this group gives each child about 10 people to turn to in a time of need. Spoede Leadership groups are based on the 7 Habits of Healthy Kids and are a vehicle to give students a voice and choice about how we do things. These groups range from the cleaning crew, who sanitizes our school to keep everyone well, to coffee cartel cart leaders who manage a coffee cart for teachers to buy coffee.

Now that I have described some of what makes Spoede so special, I’d like to share a little information about myself.

I received a bachelor’s degree from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, where I majored in Secondary Education and English, with a minor in Special Education. After teaching for 10 years, I completed my master’s degree at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Shortly after receiving my degree, I relocated to the St. Louis area. In 2003, I received an administrative position with the Special School District, in the Bayless School District, serving grades K-12. In 2006, I began pursuing my doctorate degree at St. Louis University in the area of Educational Leadership, finishing in May of 2009. My first principalship began in 2007 at Bayless Intermediate School. I have been the principal of Spoede Elementary since 2012.

I can’t express how happy I am to have found a family at Spoede Elementary School where we work hand in hand with parents to develop caring, service-minded leaders and problem-solvers.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kim Stallons
(314) 432-4438
kstallons@ladueschools.net