• Vashon High School

Phone: (314) 533-9487


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor Recreation and Leisure studies 2003 Master of Education 2011 Teacher certification 2011 current Master of licensed professional counselor course work completed

Mr. Jelani Bush


Parents and students,

I want to introduce myself and give you a few notes about me and my life. I was born and raised in St. Louis and I attended Saint Louis Public Schools from KG to 6th grade. I was a student at Herzog Elementary and attended 6th grade at King Middle. I was then sent off to Kirkwood school where I graduated.  During my time as a youth I played sports all the way through high school. I played football, basketball and track & field. Playing sports is where I find that I enjoy learning lessons in life through discipline, critical thinking and teachable moments. I attended St. Louis Community College Forest Park campus, then Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, where I earned a Bachelor's Degree and then completed a Master's Degree in Education at Lindenwood University St. Charles campus. I also have completed course work as a Licensed Professional Counselor, earning another Master's Degree. 

I am married with 3 kids. My wife Amanda is a teacher in Ritenour. The kids, Julian 15, Jaxon 11 and Quincy are 4 years old. We love having a lot of family time and driving to see family in various parts of the country. I myself enjoy coaching football and track. I currently coach football at Parkway South High School, and girls track head coach at Vashon High School. As you can see with a young family, we stay busy and, as a family man, I enjoy watching my two oldest children play football and basketball. 

I have held lots of jobs all over the years. As a teen, I worked at a fast food restaurant, Six Flags, and a car wash. During college I did some of the same jobs, but all the jobs while going through college have been jobs related to teaching and working with kids. I enjoy working with kids because it keeps me young at heart and I also give them teachable moments in life as well as learning tools in the classroom. My current position at Vashon High School is as a PE and Health teacher. My role is to try to give students information that will help them make better choices for their lives when it comes to health & wellness and to enjoying physical activities. 

I, also worked for Mizzou University Columbia, MO, where I traveled doing Pre-Empoyment transition work to help students with job skills, job knowledge, career options and peer mentoring. In that role, I was able to still provide students with opportunities to find options in life that fit best with their skills, wants and dreams of the type of life they desire.

Office hours A-Day Monday and Wednesday from 1:05 to 3:02

                   B-Day Tuesday and Thursday from 1:05 to 3:02

Email all questions and concerns to jelani.bush@slps.org    

All emails will be answered within 24 hours or sooner.

 In closing, I am available for any questions or concerns. Please contact me at your convenience 

Thank You 

Jelani Bush 

Vashon High School

314 533-9487