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Administration

The MRH Administrative Council manages and supervises the school district. The Council consists of a 16-member administrative team including Central Office administrators, school principals, assistant principals, high school athletic director, director of student services, director of alternative services, and the Special School District coordinator. Administrative Council meets monthly to discuss district goals, progress, and achievement.

Central Office Administrators

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Bonita Jamison Ed.D

Superintendent of Schools

bonita.jamison@mrhschools.net

Dr. Bonita Jamison comes to MRH from the Ferguson-Florissant School District, where she served as the Executive Director of Integrated Supports and Accelerated Learning. She brings with her more than 19 years of experience in urban, suburban and charter school districts. Dr. Jamison earned her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2017, her Education Specialist degree from Mizzou in 2007, her Masters of Educational Administration from Lindenwood University in 2006 and her Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from St. Louis University in 2002. Prior to Ferguson-Florissant, Dr. Jamison worked at Open Sky Education charter school, Riverview Gardens School District, Jennings School District, University City School District and St. Louis Public Schools.

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Roxanna Mechem Ed.S.

Assistant Superintendent

roxanna.mechem@mrhschools.net

Roxanna Mechem started with MRH in August 2011 as a Middle School reading teacher and instructional specialist. She was formerly with the Rockwood and Union School Districts. In her career, Mechem has served as a curriculum coordinator, instructional coach, and assessment director. Roxanna has an Ed.S. from Central Missouri State University, a master’s degree in education/curriculum from Southwest Baptist University, and a bachelor’s degree in education/history from Southeast Missouri State University. Roxanna and her husband have two children. On October 22, 2020, Ms. Mechem was appointed by the Board of Education to become Acting Superintendent of schools, following a request by Dr. Karen Hall to take early leave from the superintendency prior to Dr. Hall's previously announced retirement date of June 30, 2021.

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Chris Hoelzer

Director of Technology and Business Services

chris.hoelzer@mrhschools.net

Chris Hoelzer started in the MRH School District in 2001 as band and instrumental music director for grades 7 to 12. Starting in 2006, Chris began taking on technology responsibilities including student information systems manager and Project Headware coordinator. In 2010, Chris became the director of technology. He holds a B.A. in instrumental music education from University of Missouri-St. Louis and an M.A. in educational leadership from St. Louis University. He and his wife Danielle have three children.

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Ed Rich

Director of Communications

ed.rich@mrhschools.net

Ed Rich is a 1989 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He has three decades of experience in broadcast news, including seven years as a writer, reporter and anchor at KMOX Radio in St. Louis and twenty-one-plus years as manager of the assignment desk at KSDK TV in St. Louis. A native of Farmington, MO., Ed is married and has two grown sons.

Building Administrators

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Jill Loyet Ed.D

Principal, MRH Early Childhood Center

jill.loyet@mrhschools.net

Dr. Jill Loyet was most recently principal of Bermuda Primary School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District and also serves as an adjunct professor at Maryville University. Previously, she was principal of Lee-Hamilton Elementary School in Ferguson-Florissant and held administrative and teaching positions in the Parkway School District. She holds multiple educational degrees from Maryville University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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Cynthia Cobb M.Ed.

Assistant Principal, MRH Early Childhood Center

cynthia.cobb@mrhschools.net

The newest assistant principal in the MRH family will be Cynthia Cobb, who will serve alongside Dr. Cyndi Hebenstreit at the Early Childhood Center. Cobb will fill the shoes of Darion Murdock who begins a new chapter this fall as an assistant principal in the Hazelwood School District. Cobb has an extensive history both in the classroom and in the administrative world. She has been a teacher in the Riverview Gardens and Hazelwood School districts, and was dean of students at Lafayette Preparatory Academy. She holds two master's degrees from the University of Missouri St. Louis and will earn an Education Specialist degree in 2019.

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Angela Thompson Ed.D.

Principal, MRH Elementary School

angela.thompson@mrhschools.net

Dr. Angela Thompson assumes the principal's job at MRHE in the summer of 2020. She is a longtime Webster Groves School District teacher/administrator. At Webster Groves High School, Dr. Thompson served as Assistant Principal. She had also been an English/Reading teacher coach and briefly served as an interim K-6 Principal. Dr. Thompson received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Maryville University, earned her Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Missouri Baptist University and her Bachelor of Arts in Reading Education came from Upper Iowa University. Dr. Thompson was a math and English teacher, as well as a coach, in Muncie Community Schools. In 2019, she was inducted into the Upper Iowa University Hall of Fame, where she was a basketball standout. Dr. Thompson resides in South St. Louis County with her husband Tavares, sons Julius and Myles, and their dog Otto.

Photograph of Meghan Boyer Ed.S

Meghan Boyer Ed.S

Assistant Principal, MRH Elementary School

meghan.boyer@mrhschools.net

Meghan is a graduate of Webster University and holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Special Education as well as an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership. She has worked in the field of Special Education through Special School District for the last 11 years serving students and families of all abilities. She taught at MRHE for the last 4 years of that time frame. She is high energy and extremely passionate about her work.

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Michael Dittrich Ed.D

Principal, MRH Middle School

michael.dittrich@mrhschools.net

Dr. Michael Dittrich came to MRH in 2012. Since 2002, he was the assistant principal at Hancock Elementary in Hancock Place School District. He has also worked as a sixth grade communication arts teacher and third grade at-risk teacher in the Hancock District. Michael received his B.S. from Southeast Missouri State University and his M.A. in educational administration and Ed.S. from Lindenwood University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Lindenwood University in July, 2020. In 2012, he was recognized as a National Outstanding Assistant Principal. Mike and his wife have two children.

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Craig Maxwell Ed.D

Assistant Principal, MRH Middle School

craig.maxwell@mrhschools.net

Dr. Craig Maxwell comes to MRH from Ferguson-Florissant Schools, where he was Assistant Director of the Mark Twain Restoration Center. Previously, he held principal titles at Berkeley Middle School, Southwest Middle in the Parkway system and Wildwood Middle at Rockwood Schools. Dr. Maxwell holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a master’s degree in secondary education both from Truman State University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from St. Louis University.

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Kevin Grawer Ed.D

Principal, MRH High School

kevin.grawer@mrhschools.net

Dr. Kevin Grawer (EdD 2016, Maryville University) joins MRH from Hancock Elementary, where he had served as the assistant principal since 2005. He also has ten years experience teaching high school Spanish, and coaching basketball and baseball. Dr. Grawer also holds an M.A. in teaching from Webster University and he has his Missouri Principal’s Certificate for K-12 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Kevin and his wife Allegra have three kids.

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Erica Peyton-Nunnery Ed.D

Assistant Principal, MRH High School

erica.peyton@mrhschools.net

Dr. Erica Peyton-Nunnery has extensive administrative experience, having served as assistant principal in the Hazelwood and Normandy school districts. She was also a teacher in the Recovery School District (New Orleans) and Jefferson Parish, both in Louisiana. Dr. Peyton-Nunnery received a BA in Secondary Education from Dillard University in New Orleans, an MS in Educational Leadership from the University of New England, an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a doctorate in Leadership in Teaching and Learning, both from Missouri Baptist University.

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Samantha Smith Ed.D

Assistant Principal, MRH High School

samantha.smith@mrhschools.net

Dr. Samantha Smith comes to MRH from Gateway STEM High School in St. Louis, where she served as assistant principal and academic instructional coach. Her classroom experience includes teaching freshman literature and composition, 9th grade English, and World Literature. She holds several degrees: a BS in Education from the University of Missouri and an MA in Educational Leadership and Doctorate in Educational Administration, both from Maryville University.

District-Wide Administrators

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Vince Estrada

Director of Student Services

vince.estrada@mrhschools.net

Vince Estrada has been director of student services since 2001, after working as the MRH social worker for six years. Vince holds a bachelor's from Marquette University and a master's in education from Harvard University. He and his wife, Christy, have three children.

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Ben Gleason

Special School District - Special Education Administrator

ben.gleason@mrhschools.net

Ben Gleason joined MRH in July 2015. From 2008-2015 he was a Special Education Area Coordinator in the Mehlville School District. Prior to becoming an administrator, he was a Speech-Language Pathologist. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Kansas, an M.A. in Communication Disorders and Speech Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from Webster University. Ben and his wife have three children.