Phone: 314-773-0027


Degrees and Certifications:

High School: Freeport (IL) High School, '01 Bachelor's Degree: University of Minnesota, B.S. in Urban Studies, '05 Teach For America Alum: St. Louis 2005 Master's Degrees: Saint Louis University, M.A. (Educational Leadership)/M.B.A., '12

Mr. Nathaniel Lischwe

Greetings, McKinley family!

I am thrilled to join the McKinley staff team as the Middle School Assistant Principal.  This season has been a uniquely challenging time for our city, country, and world, but in the midst of these challenges I look forward to working in collaboration with the McKinley community to deliver the absolute best possible education to all of our students.

The path that has led me to McKinley has been a winding one.  During this journey, I took on the following mantra and continue to be driven by it today: “Do the most good for the most people in an equitable fashion,” and that mantra is particularly relevant today.  After graduating from high school at Freeport (IL) High School (home of the Pretzels!), I earned an Urban Studies degree from the University of Minnesota, thinking that I’d work in a city planning department or help to plan transit lines.  However, education in St. Louis came calling, and I joined the Saint Louis Public Schools in 2005 as a math teacher at Sumner High School through Teach For America.  During my six years at Sumner, I also enjoyed initiating the Advanced Placement Calculus program there and coaching the girls and boys tennis teams (including restarting the Boys Tennis program at Arthur Ashe’s alma mater).  After enrolling in the Saint Louis University M.A. Educational Leadership/M.B.A. program and completing administration internships at two area middle schools, I joined the Leadership Team at Clyde C. Miller Career Academy as an Academic Instructional Coach in 2012.  I spent eight years at Miller Career Academy, and while I was thrilled to be a part of significant academic gains throughout my time there, the 2020 spring semester was one of the most rewarding of all for me from an educational perspective.  In the midst of a global pandemic, I viewed the time as an opportunity to utilize a “lifelong learning” mindset and grow, and I saw staff at my school do the same thing.  As a result, our team produced innovative educational experiences for students during a challenging time.

McKinley’s vision of producing world-class leaders of character, academic superiority, and cultural awareness is especially pertinent in the present season.  Though we face many challenges, we can all learn, lead, collaborate, and innovate, and work together to make this vision a reality.  Let’s make the 2020-21 school year a great one for our Goldbug students!



Nathaniel Lischwe

Assistant Principal

McKinley Classical Junior Academy


Food for thought...

"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I've lost almost 300 games.  26 times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I've failed over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed."  -Michael Jordan