About the Superintendent
Dr. Keisha Scarlett is the Superintendent of Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS). She joined the District in July 2023 after a long and successful tenure in Seattle.
Her time at SLPS has been marked by major initiatives focusing on equity and literacy for our nearly twenty thousand students and their families.
She has also been charged with overseeing the use of more than $160 million in funds approved by voters on Proposition S, which will provide a dramatic facilities upgrade to SLPS’ aging infrastructure which consists of 62 schools along with several additional buildings.
Scarlett has been active in setting standards and raising expectations for students and staff alike. Her mantra, “You can go anywhere from here,” has become a rallying cry for Saint Louis Public Schools as a whole.
“My entire life has prepared me for this moment to serve as Superintendent of Saint Louis Public Schools and ensure students have equitable access to high-quality education and pathways to a brighter future,” Scarlett said upon her arrival.
Dr. Scarlett is also an active member of “Chiefs for Change,” an influential national organization made up of diverse school leaders dedicated to policies and practices that make a difference for students, as well as the development of the next generation of bold future chiefs.
Before coming to St. Louis, Dr. Scarlett was assistant superintendent of academics for Seattle Public Schools (SPS), a district of fifty thousand students. There, she implemented a strategic plan to increase early literacy among African American boys and other students furthest from educational justice; and overseen initiatives focused on advanced coursework for college and career readiness. Between 2019 and 2022, the number of Seattle Public Schools students graduating on time increased dramatically among students of color, multilingual learners, and students receiving special education services.
Previously, Scarlett was the Seattle district’s chief of equity. In that role, she served on a team that provided then-President-elect Biden’s transition team guidance for reopening U.S. schools. Scarlett’s other positions in Seattle include executive director of organizational development, human resources director, principal, and teacher.
Before her career in education, Scarlett worked for a large aerospace company. She earned her doctorate and principal certification from the University of Washington, her master's in education from Heritage University, and her bachelor’s from Clark Atlanta University.
Dr. Scarlett and her husband, Christopher, have three adult children.