Phone: 314.231.7284


Degrees and Certifications:

Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership, St. Louis University Master of Arts - Education, University of Missouri St. Louis Master of Arts - History, University of Pittsburgh Bachelor of Arts - History, Rhodes College

Dr. Deborah Rogers

Dear Patrick Henry Community,

I have been the proud Principal of Patrick Henry since 2019, and I have been in St. Louis Public Schools since 2010. I began my career at Gateway Middle School as an English Language Arts teacher, and I spent seven years teaching. While I was teaching, I was also studying and learning so I could earn my Masters in Teaching from University of Missouri St. Louis, and my Doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University. I was named the Educator of the Year for St. Louis Public Schools in 2017, and it was such an incredible honor! In 2017, I transitioned to Assistant Principal of Washington Montessori Elementary. I was an Assistant Principal for two years, and then in 2019, I became the Principal of Patrick Henry Elementary. In 2022, I was awarded the Principal of the Year for St. Louis Public Schools, and it was a wonderful recognition to receive. I am so proud of what we accomplish every day at Patrick Henry, and I know that this is a magical place to work, learn, and serve.

One of the most important aspects of school leadership is partnership with our families and our local businesses and non-profits. I update our school community regularly through phone, email, and website communications. Take a look at the principal's blog, The Patrick Henry Post, where we will be sharing the accomplishments of students and staff. Our first edition is a brief introduction to me, but I encourage you to take a look at all of the posts from the past school year to see what we are all about at Patrick Henry! Please email me or call the school to set up an appointment if you'd like to meet me in person or virtually: 314.231.7284.

Thank you for choosing St. Louis Public Schools and Patrick Henry Downtown Academy for your child's education. Our mission is to equip all students with the academic skills, scholarly habits, and character traits necessary to be successful in college or the career of their choice. We promise to pursue this mission for every child who comes through our doors every day. Thank you for partnering with us!

Patrick Henry Posts from 2022-2023:

May 19th, Featuring a Final Farewell from our Staff:

May 12th, Featuring Educational Field Trips:

May 5th, Featuring Mayor Tishaura Jones' Visit to Patrick Henry to Celebrate the Green Ribbon School Award:

April 28th, Featuring MAP Testing Completion, Community Partners, and Parent Resources for Summer:

April 21st, Special Announcement: Patrick Henry Named a National Green Ribbon School:

April 14th, Featuring Field Trips and Art Contest Winners!

April 7th, Featuring the Restoration Efforts of our Community Partners:

March 31st, Featuring 4th Quarter and the Arch Field Trip:

March 17th, Featuring the Grand Reopening of the Garden:

March 10th, Featuring End of 3rd Quarter:

March 3rd, Featuring Women's History Month:

February 24th, Featuring Black History Month:

Click here for the full recording of the Black History Month Performance (starts at minute 41:51 on the recording)

February 17th, Featuring Reading Intervention and Valentine's Day:

February 10th, Featuring Special Education:

February 3rd, Featuring 4th and 5th Grade:

January 27th, Featuring 2nd/3rd Grade and Junior Achievement:

January 20th, Featuring Kindergarten and 1st Grade:

January 13th, Featuring PreK:

January 6th, Featuring Back to School:

December 19th, Special Edition: Patrick Henry Family Dance,

December 16th, Featuring the Mike Raeber Toy Drive:

December 9th, Featuring the Garden Concrete Project:

December 2nd, Featuring Community Partners:

November 18th, Featuring Thanksgiving Gratitude:

November 10th, Featuring Academic Updates and Winter Coat Distribution:

November 4th, Featuring Halloween Celebrations:

October 28th, Special Edition in Honor of Central VPA with Counseling Resources: 

October 20th, Featuring Parents and At-Home Interventions:

October 13th, Special Edition: Celebrate Patrick Henry!

October 13th, Featuring the Leadership Team:

October 7th, Featuring Special Education and Intervention Teams:

September 30th, Featuring 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade:

September 22nd, Featuring Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade:

September 16th, Featuring PreK:

September 9th, Featuring Related Arts:

September 2nd:

August 26th:

August 19th:

August 12th: (Special Edition: Summer Repairs)


You can find all past Patrick Henry Posts from the 2019, 2020, and 2021 school years by clicking HERE.