Meet our Leadership Team!

Superintendent: Dr. Meghan Hill

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Dr. Hill has been a member of the SLLIS team since 2011. She taught multiple grades in The French School, then served as a SLLIS principal from 2016 to 2018 before stepping into her role as SLLIS Superintendent in June 2018.

A Teach for America alum, Dr. Hill is a dedicated educator with a passion for serving the families of St. Louis City. Dr. Hill holds a Doctorate and Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University and a Master’s degree in French from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a certified teacher in the areas of elementary education, Spanish, and French and holds a Principal and Superintendent license for the state of Missouri.

Talent Director: Dr. Anthony Graham

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Anthony Graham has over a decade of experience working in the field of education across the country, including Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Southern Illinois, and rural Alaska. His teaching experience encompasses every grade from Pre-K through sixth grade. Dr. Graham served as an Assistant Principal (K-8) and Principal (ECC-8) in St. Louis and a Central Office Administrator across three departments in addition to his teaching roles. As someone who strongly believes all students deserve a quality education, Dr. Graham has also worked in various capacities at learning support centers, developing and implementing behavior and academic interventions for students of all ages, from toddlers to adult learners.

As a lifelong learner with a strong passion for education, Dr. Graham pursued a unique educational path. He holds an A.A.S. in Agriculture Business and Agriculture Production and Management from Rend Lake College, a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Sociology from Southern Illinois University, an M.A. in Teaching with specialization in Elementary Education from Oakland University, an M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Michigan, where he also obtained his Principal Certification, and an Ed.D. in Educational Practice with a central focus in Global Education and Leadership from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Principal: Sharifa Blackwell

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Sharifa Blackwell has been dedicated to the field of education for more than fifteen years, working with students from diverse backgrounds in grades K-12. She taught Spanish, ESL, served as a Bilingual Coordinator & Instructional Coach at a Dual Language School, and served as an Assistant Principal at a high performing charter school in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Blackwell's most recent administrative experience was in Decatur, Illinois where she served as Assistant Principal of the STEAM Academy at Stephen Decatur Middle School.

Assistant Principal: Dr. Hannah Stout

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Hannah Stout loves to learn. She has an undergraduate degree in French, and master's degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership. Ms. Stout is currently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership. She is passionate about educational equity and is excited to put her love of language to use as well.

Assistant Principal: Dr. Raul Munoz-Rodrigo

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Dr. Munoz is a bilingual educator who has been a SLLIS member since 2013. He had the privilege to teach first, second, fifth, sixth grade, and middle school for The Spanish Program throughout these years, achieving SLLIS Students’ Academic Growth Award in the school year 2016-2017 among others. In addition, he has had the chance to serve as a Liaison of the Spanish Program and as an active member of various school committees focused on students' academic achievement and school culture.

Dr. Raul Munoz Rodrigo started his career in Spain as a third-grade lead teacher after he acquired his B.S. in Elementary Education and M.A. in Education in the city of Madrid. However, his internship experience at SLLIS in 2011 changed his core values and decided to center all of his efforts on promoting a positive change in all students that are part of SLLIS. With this in mind, to achieve the goal of providing equity, bilingual, and transformational education to the students of SLLIS, Dr. Munoz obtained his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University in 2022. 


Special Programs Director: Lisa Tariq

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Lisa Tariq was born and raised in New York and has worked within the field of Education for over nine years. Mrs. Tariq's teaching positions as a Special Education and Bilingual Teacher have afforded her invaluable experience working with children of varying educational and cultural backgrounds. To extend her role as an educator, she pursued Administration with the commitment of guiding the talents and energies of teachers, staff, students, and parents towards achieving educational successes.

Mrs. Tariq has served as an Assistant Principal at the Elementary and Middle School levels, a Pupil Personnel Supervisor (K-12), a Principal of a Kindergarten Center and Director of Special Programs. Lisa Tariq holds an undergraduate degree in Childhood Education/Students with Disabilities (1-6), a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education/Students with Disabilities (B-2), and an Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Education (K-12). Mrs. Tariq holds New York State and Missouri Certifications as both a Building and District Leader. Mrs. Tariq is pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Leadership in Innovation and Continuous Improvement.  

Operations Director: Gloria Howell

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Gloria Howell is an accomplished result-driven leader in education who works with schools and educational organizations to increase operational efficiency. After spending nearly a decade working in operations and finance for large charter school networks, Ms. Howell knows what truly drives schools. It is her core belief that all children can have a successful educational experience.

During her career, Ms. Howell has served as an Enrollment Director, Regional Operations Manager, Operations Manager, and classroom teacher advocating for equity and access for all students. Ms. Howell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and MBA from Lindenwood University and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Webster University.

Enrollment and Assessment Manager: Jennifer Ting

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Jennifer Ting comes from Taiwan and sees St. Louis as her second home. In 2016, she joined SLLIS as an intern and found her interests in serving K-12 students and also cultivated her passion for bringing second languages to American Education. Jennifer started her role as SLLIS Enrollment Specialist in 2018. In July 2020, she stepped into her new role as Enrollment and Assessment Manager.


Jennifer has earned a Bachelor's of Art in Humanities and Education from Chung Yuan Christian University, and is currently working on her dual master's in Educational Leadership and MBA at Saint Louis University. 

Executive Assistant: Kara Mank

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Kara Mank was born and raised in Illinois, just 30 miles east of St. Louis. In 2016, she graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. She worked as a Special Education teacher in Illinois for 3.5 years, with a caseload consisting mainly of children with Emotional and Behavioral Disability and Autism. Kara’s passion for improving educational systems motivated her to seek a role with SLLIS in 2019, and she is very excited to be learning more about administration and operations of public school systems while working with her colleagues in the SLLIS Central Office.

Director Development, Peggy Michelson

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Meet Peggy, an enthusiastic, results-driven manager and motivator with a proven track record of business development, fundraising and marketing success in not-for-profit and for-profit businesses. She is optimistic, dedicated, passionate and loyal. 

She forges bonds between various sectors of the community and knows where to go to “get things done." Peggy’s success stems from her proven history of delivering results that build confidence and trust. She is focused on building collaborative partnerships and finding value for all parties. Years of networking have given her an intangible knack for putting the right people, corporations and foundations together to gather support for the project at hand.  Peggy started as a French Major and graduated with an undergraduate  degree from Washington University in Elementary Education and Sociology. Peggy is passionate about motivating and inspiring young people to be the best they can be and to always see a bright "light" ahead on their personal journey.