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Normandy Announces New Administrative Staff, Reassignments

The Normandy Schools Collaborative has selected the following staff to serve in the roles listed below for the 2018-2019 school year:

Isaiah Melendez - Assistant Principal, Normandy High School

Isaiah Melendez comes to Normandy from the Ferguson-Florissant School District where he served as the assistant principal at Cross Keys and Berkeley Middle schools. Prior to serving as the assistant principal at Cross Keys and Berkeley Middle, he was 7th/8th-grade writing teacher at KIPP Inspire Academy. He has also taught at Ritenour High School for two years as a social studies teacher, serving on numerous leadership committees that involved work with PBIS, professional development, and establishing universal practices around PLCs. In 2014 Mr. Melendez partnered with local districts, nonprofit organizations and institutions like PBS-Nine Network, Washington University, and EdPlus to empower his students to take civic action around conversations on race and inequality in schools. He started his career working at a small private school for two years before moving on to St. Louis Public Schools. A native of Chicago, Mr. Melendez holds three degrees from Missouri Baptist University: a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a specialization in the social sciences; a master’s degree in Education Administration; and an Education Specialist in School and District Leadership.

Crystal Hunter - Director, Normandy Early Childhood Education

Ms. Hunter will serve as the Director of Early Childhood Education for the Collaborative, managing the Normandy Early Childhood and Kindergarten Centers. She comes to Normandy from Riverview Gardens, where she served as the Director of Parents as Teachers and Early Childhood. Prior to her work in RGSD, she served as Process Supervisor Administrator with the St. Louis Public Schools Early Childhood Special Education area. She is a veteran educator with more than 15 years of experience working with a variety of students including autism and behavioral issues. She also worked in Normandy as a self-contained classroom teacher with Special School District of St. Louis County. Ms. Hunter earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in adaptive education/special education from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisc. She earned her master’s degree in Elementary Administration from Lindenwood University.

Steven Harmon - Coordinator for School Safety

A law enforcement veteran with a background in human resources and education, Steven Harmon will lead the Collaborative’s School Safety department. Harmon most recently served as in-house legal counsel for the St. Louis Public Schools where he was responsible for employment-related administrative law issues in the district. He is a retired St. Louis Police officer, and a practicing attorney. Mr. Harmon earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. He went on to earn two master’s degrees from Webster University, one in Management and the other in Human Resources and Development. He also has a law degree from Saint Louis University. Mr. Harmon has attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and has a Level 1 Certification in Kingian Nonviolence from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolence.

Andrew Miller - Science Curriculum Coordinator

Mr. Miller most recently served as building principal for the Normandy 7th-8th Grade Center. Prior to that position, he was the assistant principal and instructional coach in math and science for N78C and Normandy High School. Before joining the Normandy School District, Miller served as a cross-curricular instructor at Shearwater Charter School in St. Louis; a principal intern, secondary science teacher, science department chair, teacher mentor, professional development committee chair, and curriculum writer in the Wellston School District. He also was a member of Teach for America. Mr. Miller has a master’s degree in Education Leadership and a master’s in Business Administration from Saint Louis University. Mr. Miller also has a master’s degree in Teaching from Webster University; and a bachelor’s degree in biology and minors in psychology and human kinetics from Trinity Western University.

Dr. Christopher Young-El - Principal, Normandy 7th-8th Grade Center

Dr. Young-El has worked in the Normandy schools since 2010, most recently serving as the assistant principal at Barack Obama Elementary School. He started his career in Normandy as a classroom teacher in the old Garfield Elementary School. Prior to joining Normandy, Dr. Young-El worked as a teacher in Jennings, Confluence Academy, and St. Louis Public Schools. He earned his doctorate degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He also has Education Specialist and master’s degrees in Administration, also from UMSL. Dr. Young-El earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from Harris-Stowe State University. He is also a franchise owner for the E2 Young Engineers program.


Photo Caption: Clockwise, from left, Dr. Young-El, Harmon, Miller, Hunter and Melendez.