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Kirkwood School District Board of Education Approves Two Appointments for 2019-20 School Year

Kirkwood School District Announces Principal for Keysor Elementary School

On Monday, February 11, the Kirkwood School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Alyssa Taylor as principal of Keysor Elementary School effective July 1, 2019. Taylor currently serves as the interim principal at Keysor.

Taylor holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Missouri Baptist University. She received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University. She obtained her doctorate in educational leadership in April 2016 from Maryville University.

Taylor has 15 years of experience in education with six years serving in an administrative role for Keysor Elementary. Prior to joining KSD, she taught in the Francis Howell School District. In 2016, the Board of Directors of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals selected Taylor as a Missouri Outstanding Assistant Principal.

According to Condon, Taylor's selection was based on her many characteristics and qualifications that match the leadership profile for developed by teachers, staff, parents and students. “Dr. Taylor’s passion and support for students and staff of Keysor were very evident during the interview process,” said Condon. “I know she will continue to lead Keysor with a focus on student achievement with innovative strategies and an understanding of the unique gifts everyone brings to the learning environment.”

Kirkwood School District announces Superintendent of Data, Intervention and Supports

On Monday, February 11, the Kirkwood School District (KSD) Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Matt Bailey as assistant superintendent of data, intervention and supports.

Bailey began his education 18 years ago with the Special School District (SSD) of St. Louis County as a teacher and also served SSD as an area coordinator. Bailey currently serves as principal of Valley Park High School in the Valley Park School District. Bailey was also an adjunct professor for St. Louis Community College for three years.

Bailey holds an educational doctorate, a specialist degree and a master’s of education degree in Educational Administration, all from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also holds a master’s degree in special education from Truman State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Truman State University.

Bailey succeeds Ms. Melissa Sandbothe, who retires from KSD in June after serving as the executive director of special programs for two years and the principal of Kirkwood Early Childhood Center for 14 years.

“Dr. Bailey is being recognized by Special School District with the Special Ambassador's award for his support of students with needs,” said Dr. Michele Condon, superintendent of KSD. “I believe Dr. Bailey's experience teaching and leading in the special education and K-12 setting will be an asset to the Kirkwood School District.  Please join me in welcoming Dr. Bailey to the Kirkwood School Community.”