Reimagining Education


Gulcan Yala

I am Gulcan Yayla. I am studying at the Brown School of Social Work and doing my internship at CEAM. I am also a member of their Young Friends Network. What do we do as Young Friends at CEAM? The answer does not have a limit. We can use any opportunity to learn about education […]

Steven Shaw

I have learned this year that meaningful education reform begins with teachers. There are so many voices with an opinion about education–policy makers, parents, administrators, and community members–but none of these stakeholders has the ability to transform learning for students like teachers. If we want sustainable change that benefits the students, we need to first […]

Susan Sauer

As an active real estate professional in the St. Louis region, I am reminded every day that the importance of quality educational choices is a top priority not only for families seeking to buy or sell residential properties, but also for commercial interests seeking to locate in the area.  The presence of high quality schools […]

Nyesha Coleman

My name is Latasha Buchanan and I have two children that started school last year in the Parkway School District through the transfer program. They have both been showing great improvement since transferring, but today I want to share Nyesha’s story with you. Nyesha was in the Normandy School District from preschool through first grade. […]

Habakkuk Cooper-Thompson

My name is Habakkuk Cooper-Thompson and I’m a freshman that attends a magnet school called the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (CSMB) in St. Louis City. Prior to Collegiate my mom and I had a few experiences with school choice. I attended a private school however it was not the right fit for me. […]

DeAnne Toussaint

“My name is DeAnne and I would like to tell you my success story. Since transferring my children out of the Riverview Gardens School District, my children are happy, safe and part of a community that has welcomed them with open arms. “My daughter Charlie is performing above grade level and my son Jayden is […]

Crystal Washington

When I was in the 1st grade, my family moved to Maryland Heights into a housing project. I began school in the Pattonville School District where I received an excellent primary education. We moved when I was in the 6th grade and I attended the St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS), Normandy and Ferguson-Florissant School Districts […]

Shalonda Smith

I live in the Normandy School District and I have 4 children who were a part of the transfer program. They attended the Francis Howell School District. I believe in high quality education for my children and would like them to continue in their schools because of my children’s experiences with Normandy schools. We have […]

Shun-ta Washington

My name Shun-ta Washington and I am the parent of two transfer students. My oldest started in the transfer program last year as an 8th grader at Francis Howell and just started back this year as a freshman. My youngest just entered Kindergarten in Francis Howell this year.   I chose to transfer my oldest […]


Hi my name is Jamilah Britton I have lived in both the Normandy and Riverview Gardens School Districts. As a graduate of Normandy I know first-hand that the issues in the district are not new. It has been a problem for generations and we finally have some relief from these poor performing districts. I am […]