Dr. Keisha Scarlett has been named the new superintendent of the St. Louis Public Schools. The announcement was made Wednesday. Former Superintendent Kelvin Adams announced rather suddenly, that he would retire at the end of 2022.
A national search was launched for a replacement. Scarlett was selected from the pool of three finalists. Dr. Keisha Scarlett had been the Chief Academic Officer for Seattle Public Schools and formerly served as Chief of Equity, Partnerships, and Engagement. Scarlett also has been the superintendent of academics for the Seattle Public School since 2021 and had worked for the school district for 24 years.
Board of education President Matt Davis stated “We are thrilled to announce such a talented, genuine, and visionary educator will be the next superintendent of Saint Louis Public Schools. The Board’s goal in conducting a nationwide search was to find a leader who will build on our successes but also be laser-focused in addressing our challenges. Dr. Scarlett possesses the perfect mix of skill, knowledge, and experience while also caring deeply for students, families, teachers, and staff.”
Dr. Scarlett has dedicated her career to advocating for both academic opportunities and environments which tap into the inherent brilliance of students, particularly students furthest from educational justice. In 2014, Keisha Scarlett was named Washington State Middle-Level Principal of the Year. She was the recipient of the University Council for Educational Administrator (UCEA) Excellence in Educational Leadership Award in 2013.