Strong leadership is critical to the success of any organization -- especially school districts.
Administrators at the Normandy Schools Collaborative are part of a committed team of educators and support staff focused on the success of all children.
Dr. Michael Triplett
Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Michael Triplett, an educator committed to excellence, joined the Normandy Schools Collaborative as Superintendent of Schools in February 2023. He most recently served as the Associate Superintendent of Learning Services for the Olathe Public Schools in Olathe, Kansas.
Throughout his professional journey, Dr. Triplett has established a reputation as an extremely capable manager, supporter, and servant of people. He is an effective school/district administrator who consistently displays initiative, conscientiousness, and professionalism.
His philosophy of education extends beyond an awareness of best practices and the ability to comprehend educational jargon. He believes that educators, whether in school buildings or administrative offices, are individuals who possess an implicit understanding of developmental stages, respect for myriad learning styles, and are willing to go beyond what is expected of them to achieve goals for students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community stakeholders alike.
Chief Financial Officer
Carlton Brooks brings more than twenty years of administrative and financial experience to the Normandy Schools Collaborative. He has a broad educational leadership and school finance background and has previously worked for the Ferguson-Florissant, Maplewood Richmond Heights, Riverview Gardens, and Ladue school districts. Brooks has extensive experience in diverse and urban educational settings and looks forward to this tremendous opportunity to serve students and families in the Normandy community.
Mr. Brooks is a CPA with an Education Specialist degree from St. Louis University, an MBA from Webster University, and a B.S. in Accounting from Truman State University. He is also a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership at St. Louis University.
Dr. Tony O. Brooks
Executive Director of Student Support Services
Dr. Tony O. Brooks serves as Executive Director of Student Support Services. Dr. Brooks has more than 22 years of leadership experience, serving in administrative roles in the Hazelwood, Decatur, Illinois and Cahokia, Illinois school districts. He’s served as an adjunct professor at Harris-Stowe State University and as a board member of St. Louis Association of Secondary Schools Principals.
Dr. Brooks had been an administrator at all k-12 levels of education. He is a 2011 SUPES (Superintendent) Academy. He has earned degrees from SIU-Edwardsville, Maryville University, Lindenwood University, and Webster University.
Director of Safety and Security
Chief Norman Campbell joined the Normandy Schools Collaborative in February 2021. He attended Normandy during his elementary and middle school years and was raised in Northwoods, MO (within the 24:1 footprint). After high school, Chief Campbell served in the United States Navy, during Operation Desert Storm and received the Southwest Asian medal. After his military service, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant and served in the Municipal Services Unit. He was responsible for the building of relationships with the municipal cities of St. Louis County, Aide to (2) Chiefs, and Commander of Security Services.
During his tenure with St. Louis County Police Department, Campbell also served as President of “Do The Right Thing,” a partnership with St. Louis City and St. Louis County Police Departments which provides recognition to children who have been nominated by teachers, parents and neighbors based on their good behavior, heroic acts, and service to the community.
After a successful career with St. Louis County, Campbell was hired and served as Chief of Police for the City of Northwoods.
Normandy High School Alum KaWanna Gilyard returns to the district and brings more than 16 years of experience in Human Resources to her role. Gilyard has worked in the areas of healthcare, nonprofits, and education, serving as a human resources generalist in St. Louis Public Schools and as a talent advisor and recruiter for BJC HealthCare. She also worked as Talent Acquisition Coordinator for Mercy Hospital.
Gilyard received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas, Master of Science from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Master of Legal Studies, and Employment Law Certificate from Washington University School of Law.
Dr. Tiffany McConnell
Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Tiffany McConnell is a visionary educational leader with a deep and varied knowledge base and experience in teaching, learning, improving student success, and building strong distinct-wide instructional teams to create collegial environments to ensure both student and teacher success. Dr. McConnell holds a Bachelor of Arts from Grambling State University, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, an Educational Specialist Degree from Lindenwood University, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Maryville University, underscoring her value for professional growth and her personal love of learning.
Her diverse professional background includes serving as a Mathematics Instructional Coach, Principal of Lucas Crossing Elementary Complex, and most recently, Director of Mathematics, all in the Normandy Schools Collaborative.
Having worked as an educational leader in various capacities, Dr. McConnell leverages her skills to provide guidance and support to the professional staff as they continue to improve their instructional practices and create successful classroom and school climates that promote academic excellence and sustain a focus on Normandy Schools Collaborative's forward momentum.
Dr. Christopher Petty
Deputy Superintendent of Organizational Effectiveness
Dr. Christopher Petty serves the Normandy Schools Collaborative as Deputy Superintendent of Organizational Effectiveness. Prior to joining NSC, Petty worked as Dean of Students for the Hazelwood School District. Dr. Petty has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Middle School Education from Harris-Stowe State University, a master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, and a doctorate degree in Education Leadership with an emphasis in Policy Studies from Maryville University.
In 2016, Dr. Petty received the Distinguished Alumni Award, from Harris-Stowe State University. It was during this time that he also attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education National Institute for Urban School Leaders. In 2019, the school where Dr. Petty served as principal was bestowed the honor of being named a School of Recognition by the State University of New York.
Dr. Netra Taylor
Director of Continuous Improvement and Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Netra Taylor, who has served the Normandy School District for over thirty years, brings unparalleled knowledge of the district to her role as Director of Continuous Improvement and Title IX Coordinator.
Taylor began her career as a fifth-grade teacher at Bel-Ridge Elementary School. She also served as a Reading Specialist at Normandy Middle School and Bel-Nor Elementary. Dr. Taylor has served as principal at Normandy Kindergarten Center, Bel-Nor Elementary, and most recently at Barack Obama Elementary School. In 2023, she transitioned to the Campus Support Center, dedicating herself to providing vital support to the district.
Beyond her professional contributions, Dr. Taylor is an engaged member of the Normandy Community, having been honored with prestigious awards, including the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. "Apple for the Teacher" award, the "Community Trailblazer Award" from 24:1, Beyond Housing, and The Michael Brown Sr. Chosen For Change Organization.
Dr. Taylor received her Bachelor of Science from Lincoln University, Reading Specialists and Elementary Education Certificates from Harris-Stowe State College, Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University, Master of Education, Elementary School Administration and Supervision from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and her Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership from Maryville University.
Director of Communications
Chris Trahan joined NSC in 2022. An experienced public relations practitioner, Trahan most recently served as director of communications for Family Forward, a St. Louis non-profit.
Trahan has prior experience in school public relations and communications, having served as the director of communications and community engagement with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Louisiana. He also worked in the corporate sector.
Trahan earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana State University and is a past president of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana - Baton Rouge chapter. He is currently working toward his Accreditation in Public Relations certification.