Our Leadership Team
Executive Director: Meghan Hill
Teaching first, third and fourth grades at The French School, Ms. Hill has been a member of the SLLIS family since 2011. She spent one year as the PYP Coordinator for The Spanish School, and she served as a SLLIS principal from 2016 to 2018 before stepping into her role as SLLIS Executive Director in June 2018.
A former corps member of Teach for America, Ms. Hill is a dedicated educator with a passion for literacy. Ms. Hill holds a Master’s degree in French from Washington University in St. Louis, and she is a certified teacher in the areas of elementary education, Spanish, and French. Ms. Hill completed her Masters in Educational Leadership at Saint Louis University and her administrator certificate in the spring of 2016. She is currently completing her doctorate at Saint Louis with plans to graduate in Spring 2020.
Talent Director: Linda Hayes Holliday
Linda Hayes Holliday is a results-oriented problem solver with 18 years of successful human resource management and administrative experience. Ms. Holliday is energized by challenge and her passion is supporting school administrative teams and employees through fast-moving change and growth.
Prior to coming to SLLIS, Ms. Holliday provided consultative services and mentored new leaders in several metropolitan area school districts after retiring from Webster Groves School District where she held the title Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Other professional experience include serving as special education director, area coordinator, and special education teacher.
Ms. Holliday holds a Special Education Master of Arts degree from The University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western College for Women.
Ms. Holliday’s advocacy for children and families in need was recognized by Epworth Children’s Center which awarded her the Community Partner Award. She is also a board member for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA).
Marine Campus Principal: Sebastien Babolat
Mr. Sebastien Babolat changed careers and became a teacher after coming to the United States. Before enrolling in a teacher education program, he expressed his passion for educational technology tools by creating a language podcast. With experience teaching students from pre-kindergarten to the college level, Mr. Babolat taught in local school districts as well as at SLLIS. During the 2016-2017 school year, he was the Dean of School Culture and Academics for The French School, and he was the Marine Campus Assistant Principal in 2017-2018.
Mr. Babolat graduated from Fontbonne University in 2011 with a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education. He holds dual masters degrees from St. Louis University (an MBA and a Master’s in Educational Leadership) earned in the Spring of 2016. He is certified to teach Elementary Education, French, and Special Education and also has a Missouri school administration certificate.
PAPIN Campus PRINCIPAL: PHIL KENNEDY
Dr. Kennedy has over 26 years of experience in education. During his career, he as been a teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent. Prior to coming to SLLIS, he served just over 5 years as the Director of Academics for a St. Louis based Charter School. Dr. Kennedy came to SLLIS last year to serve as a Principal for the Spanish program.
Dr. Kennedy has earned a Bachelor's of Science from Missouri State University, Masters in Educational Administration University of Missouri-St. Louis, Specialist in Educational Leadership from Lindenwood University, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Lindenwood University.
Registrar: Emily Bush
Ms. Bush first joined the SLLIS team in 2011 as a teacher at The French School. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Smith College in French Language and Literature, and studying feminism at the Graduate Institute of Geneva, Emily now dedicates her time to empowering women and girls’ financial and emotional success locally and globally. Emily actively explores cultures other than her own, and received the Rousseau Award for Cultural Integration in 2010 in conjunction with her work in the archives department of the International Labor Organization. Emily‘s disaster relief work in the Philippines, and service as an English Teacher in the Peace Corps in West Africa, led Emily to return to the states and rejoin St. Louis Language Immersion in the capacity of Registrar. Ms. Bush is proud and honored to be a part of the inclusive SLLIS community, which empowers St. Louis students to become the thoughtful, cosmopolitan leaders of tomorrow.
OPERATIONS ASSISTANT: MARC ESPOSITO
Marc is a French native speaker who moved to Saint Louis in January 2016. After graduating with his MBA from Lindenwood University, Marc worked as the Project Manager for a venture capital business. During his free time, he taught French to children and adults via tutoring services. Prior to moving to Missouri, Marc worked in the corporate banking industry in Paris. While working in Paris, Marc self-taught himself the Russian language during his free time, obtaining fluency in three years. As a result of his passion for language learning and his previous experience managing operations, Marc joined the SLLIS team to help children in our community succeed in their early education and to excel through foreign language immersion.