Phone: 314-776-3300 ext. 14041


Degrees and Certifications:

DEGREES Ph.D. Workforce Education and Development Career Technical Teacher Education Southern Illinois University Ed.S. Educational Leadership Building and District Leadership Saint Louis University M.S. Business Education Emporia State University B.S.E. Secondary Education Business Education University of Central Missouri CERTIFICATION K-12 Building Leadership K-12 District Leadership (Eligible, Coursework Complete) K-12 Library Media Specialist 9-12 Business Education 9-12 Marketing Education 5-9 Business Education

Dr. Frederick W. Polkinghorne


As Assistant Principal of Academics at Gateway STEM High School, it is an honor and privilege to serve the Gateway STEM Community. I am committed to helping minimize barriers to student achievement and community involvement; because I believe that all children can learn given the right environment and resources.

In addition to my work in K-12 Schools, I am also a recognized author, studying and reporting the impact of methods of teaching with interdisciplinary learning strategies on students’ reading and math achievement, Leadership in Times of Change, and the role of Career and Technical Education in workforce development.

Prior to joining St. Louis Public School District, I served as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Workforce Education and Development, Assistant Professor of Adult and Career Education, Graduate Assistant and Instructor of Workforce Education and Development, Middle School Librarian, and High School Business and Technology Teacher. Through these experiences, I have cultivated my knowledge and skills in effective instruction and leadership and look forward to sharing those professional practices with members of our community, student body, and faculty and staff team.

In the coming year, my work will focus on enhancing academic achievement at the school and working specifically with our students whose last names start with L-Z.  I look forward to working with you as we collectively redefine and amplify our work in preparing every child to be college and career ready. 

If I can be of service to you, please let me know at once!