Hi, I am Courtney Scheafer!
My entire world revolves around helping kids—mine, yours and our neighbors’. Whether it is serving on the hiring team for principals in the district, or room parties and book fairs, everything about helping the students of this district is important to me. Webster Groves is the place that my grandparents decided to raise their children and it is the place that I choose to raise mine. I am the proud parent to a sixth grader and senior foreign exchange student at Webster Groves High School.
When I say my entire world revolves around helping kids—I mean it. I spent the last 6 years in the Jennings School District as a Social Worker for Special School District and every day of my career has been spent helping children with trauma. I am a member of Metropolitan Congregations United, Breaking the Pipeline, which supports children at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system though prevention, intervention, and advocacy. I am active in the St. Louis Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition and the parent equity group in the district.
I hope you will consider letting me represent you on the Webster Groves School Board.
In Webster Groves School District (WGSD)
- At the school district level, I served on:
- The School District Wellness Committee,
- The Collaborative (innovation) Committee to develop the neighborhood school in North Webster
- The district interview team for hiring principals and district-level administrators.
- At the school level, I participated in:
- A parent equity group
- Book fairs
- Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
- Room parties
In the WG community, I participated in:
- MCU Breaking the Pipeline – on a team supporting a new MOU (memorandum of understanding) between the WGSD and the WG Police Department.
- Black Lives Matters March for Justice and Uprooting Racism events to support equity in the Webster Groves School
In public education in St. Louis,
- I support teachers through work as a(n):
- NEA member and building representative
- Advocate encouraging candidates for the SSD School Board and supported their election
- Colleague on the frontlines with teachers and advocate for students through this crisis created by the pandemic
- •In support of students, I:Was a School Social Worker for 6 ½ yearsAm involved in work with childhood traumaAm involved with the mental health crisis in young people, and as part of the St. Louis Regional Suicide Prevention CoalitionAm the parent of a student with learning differences and supporting other parents.Advocate for students with differing learning needs.
- In my commitment to equity, I have been involved with:
- Breaking the Pipeline advocacy work
- Educators for Social Justice
- Episcopal Diocese of Missouri Commission to Dismantle Racism
- How to Achieve Educational Equity (Howard Fields)
- Educational Literacy (Paul Gorsky)
- Bachelor of Arts (double major) Psychology and Journalism from Indiana University
- Master of Public Administration (MPA) from University of Southern California
- Master of Social Work (MSW) from Washington University