Ms. Robin Vaulx-Williams
Interim Building Principal
Robin Vaulx-Williams is putting her retirement on hold to lead the students and staff at Jefferson School. Ms. Vaulx-Williams, who retired in 2021, decided to be an educator because she believes she can make a difference in the lives of students. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. That was followed by a master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Maryville University and Educational Administration from St. Louis University. She is currently completing an educational specialist in administration program at UMSL.
Early in her teaching career, Ms. Vaulx-Williams was given the opportunity to be a teacher leader, her first step into administration. Then she attended a principal leadership cohort at St. Louis University sponsored by urban districts and SLU to prepare new leaders. She was only the third person from Normandy at that time to be sponsored. While some think that all principals do is discipline and suspend students, Ms. Vaulx-Williams says the real work of a principal is supporting teaching and learning.
Ms. Vaulx-Williams believes the best part of her job is seeing students learn something they don’t already know and seeing their pride in their work. “It’s just that simple. I want students to know that education is the key to their life’s success.”
Dr. Gregory S. Lesan
Dr. Gregory Lesan has worked in the Normandy School Collaborative since 2014. He previous served as a principal at Western Community Unit School District in Barry, Ill., and an assistant principal intern in the Francis Howell School District in St. Charles, Mo. Dr. Lesan earned his Educational Specialist and doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University. He also has a master's degree in teaching from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.