- Quanisha Major , Principal
- Maria Prete , Dean of Students
- Melinda Vandevort, Dean of Instruction
- Nellie Mitchell, School Operations Manager
- Ayala Green, School Office Manager
Quanisha Major currently serves as the Principal of Tower Grove South. She has over 10 years in Education as a Teacher and TFA Corp Member/Manager of Teacher Leadership Development. Quanisha joined EAGLE Endeavor in August 2016 as a Teacher at Tower Grove South and was promoted to Dean of Students in 2018. Quanisha developed a strong Upper Academy character and culture focus and recently expanded her role across all of TGS, providing support to scholars, families and the TGS team members. Quanisha has her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio State University, a Masters of Education in Secondary Education and is nearing completion of her second Master of Education in Education Administration from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. She had a Catalyst Fellowship from Opportunity Trust in 2019-20.
As Dean of Students at EAGLE Tower Grove South, I am dedicated to ensuring that we have a safe and loving learning environment for all scholars. It is my desire to team up with scholars, families, and staff to create a space where all scholars receive an equitable and rigorous education. Before I began as the Dean of Students, I served our 5th-8th grade scholars as the English Language Arts teacher. I am a first-generation college graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where I played four years of Division-1 softball. I am passionate about ensuring that all scholars are given tools that will allow them to grow into serving leaders of their community.
As the Dean of Instruction at EAGLE Prep South, I am responsible for bringing evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with and supporting teachers and administration. I have a goal of increasing student engagement, improving student achievement, and building teacher capacity. Before joining Eagle, I taught in a variety of settings and was a building-level administrator. I am currently working on a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, through Southwest Baptist University, with a focus on adult learning theory and using professional learning as a catalyst to increase culturally responsive pedagogy, which I will complete later this summer.
I am also the content creator and host of Empowered Educator podcast, which focuses on professional learning, and a contributing author of Snapshot in Education 2021, Pandemic Edition published with EduMatch Publishing. When I am not focused on education, I play piano, garden, or travel with my family. You can connect with me @MelVandevort on Twitter and LinkedIn, or hear my podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Stitcher. You can also visit my website Empowered Educator at www.empowereducator.com.
As the School Operations Manager at EAGLE, I work to keep all school systems running smoothly and to make sure that all scholars, teachers, and staff members have what they need to be successful. I coordinate with the administration, office manager, custodial, and food service staff to ensure that our school meets all the compliance requirements and that we have a safe and healthy school environment. I have been a part of the EAGLE community since we opened the Tower Grove South campus in 2013. I have been a Teaching Assistant in Kindergarten and 2nd grade, an Office Support Staff Member, and an Assistant Dean of Students and Culture here at EAGLE – Tower Grove South. I have made this EAGLE Community my family and I enjoy continuing to support it in every way.