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Keisa Garrett, Chief of Schools

Keisa Garrett is proud of her heritage within East St. Louis District 189 where she completed her entire K-12 education.  For the past 21 years, she has served as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal and now as Chief of Schools.  Ms. Garrett particularly values her days within the classroom when she worked directly with students.  She moved into administration based on a deep internal desire to have a greater impact for all students in East St. Louis.  Throughout her leadership positions, Ms. Garrett uses data and relationships as methods to strategically and positively impact student's lives.  Some of the milestones of success during her educational career include seven years as an Illinois Spotlight or Honor Roll School (Alta Sita Elementary School) and earning the district's first star on Schooldigger.com with movement from the bottom 10% of state schools (Mason-Clark Middle School).  She hails servant leadership as the banner with a quote from Pete Hoekstra, "Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people they lead".   As Chief of Schools, Ms. Garrett serves the community of East St. Louis School District 189 including students, parents, teachers, principals and directors.  Her departments address key services including Social Emotional Learning, Attendance and Truancy, Student Services, College and Career Initiatives and Instructional Reform.  Ms. Garrett is honored to continue to serve the great "City of Champions."  As a licensed educator and administrator, Ms. Garrett holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.