Gerry Kettenbach
Director of Charter School Operations

Dr. Gerry Kettenbach joined the Charter School Office staff in 2014.  Prior to working with the MU Charter School Office, Dr. Kettenbach served as teacher, counselor and administrator in public and parochial schools, including Vashon High School (SLPS), Kirby Junior High (Hazelwood), Cross Keys Middle and Ferguson Middle (Ferguson-Florissant), Parkway North High School, Jefferson Middle School (St. Charles), St. Dominic High School (O’Fallon) and Mary Queen of Peace School.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bioethics and Future Studies from Saint Louis University, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University.  His professional certifications are in Mathematics, Biology, Counseling, Middle and High School Principal and Superintendent.

Gerry’s professional interests include secondary education, with an emphasis on middle school (where he served most of his K-12 career), curriculum and instruction, arts education, character education and ethics, and organizational change.  He has taught online courses on Assessment and Evaluation and has been president of the St. Louis Gateway Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK).  His avocational interests include the visual and performing arts, travel and local culture, and nature, including wildlife rehabilitation.

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Shanika Harris
Charter School Liaison

Ms. Harris joined our staff in 2013, in a part-time capacity and loved it enough to join us full-time in 2014.  She was born and raised in St. Louis, educated in both the Catholic and public school systems–a proud graduate of Beaumont High School.

While she left for higher education, her heart stayed home and she returned to invest over 11 years in social service and not for profit agencies. A large part of that time was spent preparing both elementary and high school students for long-term educational success and employment. Ms. Harris has a lifetime of experience working in and with the St. Louis Community from neighborhoods and schools to coordinating with state and federal agencies, and she is committed to continuing to invest in her home communities.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Master of Arts in Legal Studies, and a Masters of Business Administration.

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Margaret R. Glasch
Charter School Specialist

Margaret Galsch joined our staff in the fall of 2018.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Marquette University. She secured her Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School and practiced law in Chicago, IL, for 13 years. At that time, she secured her Masters’ Degree in Elementary Education from DePaul University and went on to secure a K-12 Administrative Certification from DePaul while working as a middle school Math, Science and Reading teacher in an urban charter school on the far west side of Chicago, where she took over the building leadership role.

Re-locating to Minneapolis MN, Margaret worked as a school superintendent of several charter schools. She assumed the role of developing and opening a K-5 charter school at capacity enrollment in its first year and transitioning the school to a K-8thgrade program via taking on the role as the superintendent of a second charter district and re-locating the campus to afford her community a K-8 educational choice. Contemporaneously, Margaret secured her K-12 superintendent’s license via University of Minnesota’s School of Education.

Again, re-locating, Margaret secured the role of Superintendent/Principal of a struggling K-12 charter school in Arlington, TX, serving a highly marginalized population of learners. In one year’s time, she developed a team of strong collaborators who, under her leadership, were able to turn around the school culturally, academically and operationally. The charter district secured accreditation status following her first year and has sustained a program focused on student achievement ever since.

Throughout the course of her career, Margaret as served as an educational consultant in leadership, curriculum development, data driven instruction, state and federal compliance, board governance, school management and fiscal efficiencies. She has been retained by various governmental entities to review and recommend on new charter school as well as replication applications. Moreover, she has worked as a start-up coordinator with founding boards to assist in the drafting and presentation of new charter school applications. With her varied professional experiences, Margaret possesses a unique set of skills to support educational programs and communities.