Dr. Donna Jahnke has served the Ladue School District for 32 years and began her role as the district’s superintendent on July 1, 2013, after having served as the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning since 2008. Dr. Jahnke plans to retire effective June 30, 2019, at which point she will have served in education for a total of 36 years.
On March 25, 2015, Dr. Jahnke was named New Superintendent of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) for outstanding performance as a new superintendent. Dr. Jahnke also serves on the steering committee of the St. Louis Regional Collaborative for Educational Excellence which was formed in June 2015 by all St. Louis County public schools to support efforts to assist the Normandy Schools Collaborative and Riverview Gardens School District in regaining accreditation.
Dr. Jahnke began her career in the Ladue School District in 1991 as a classroom teacher, after having worked as a Special Education Teacher for Special School District of St. Louis County. In 1996, she became Director of Community Services, which included responsibilities as the Director of the Ladue Early Childhood Center, the Parents as Teachers program and all district fee-based programs. In 1998, she was appointed Principal of Reed Elementary School where she remained until becoming an Assistant Superintendent in 2008.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Education, as well as Special Education Certification from Southeast Missouri State University; a Master of Education from the University of Missouri; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University.