Welcome new Deputy Superintendent Dr. Henry St. Pierre

Dr. Henry St. Pierre has been named Deputy Superintendent of the Fort Zumwalt School District, effective July 1.

The announcement was first shared with the community in the fall of 2021 when longtime superintendent Dr. Bernard DuBray announced his retirement. St. Pierre replaces Dr. Paul Myers, who served as Deputy Superintendent for five years and has been named Superintendent, effective July 1. St. Pierre has been a part of the Fort Zumwalt team for 27 years. He joined the district as an English Language Arts teacher at North High School in 1996. 

“I’m from a small town in Northeast, Missouri, but I remember I sat in Memorial Union [on the University of Missouri campus] and talked with a representative from Fort Zumwalt,” St. Pierre says. “I was an eager college graduate and was selected to meet with [FZN Principal] Dave Hoekel for an open English position.” Since that interview at North High School, St. Pierre has been a fixture in the district. “The things that keep me here are the same things that keep a lot of people here, I think. Tradition. Stability. Excellence. Opportunities for advancement.”

After four years teaching at North, St. Pierre went on to serve as an Assistant Principal at West High. He is the founding Principal at Fort Zumwalt East High School, where he helped oversee construction of the building, which opened in 2007. In 2014 he moved to District Administrative Office as the Assistant Superintendent for Special Services, overseeing Special Education, Health and Early Childhood Services. For the past four years he has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services. 

 “I have had many different roles,” he says, “But it’s how they are the same that is important to me.  They have all centered on supporting people, whether they are students, teachers or our community members. From teacher to assistant superintendent, my job has been to help everybody else be successful.”

As his role transitions again, St. Pierre will have new responsibilities as Deputy Superintendent, but will also remain an integral part of recruiting and retaining those who work in all of the other roles in Fort Zumwalt School District. He has served this past year as a member of the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) steering committee which is charged with researching, writing and implementing a plan that maps goals for Fort Zumwalt for the next three to five years. The plan is due to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education this summer. It’s an exciting time.

“I am hoping as we complete this process and implement our plan that we are able to celebrate the history we have and the work that has been done by so many to get us where we are,” St. Pierre says. “But, as we have been working on the CSIP, we can see there are always areas where we can continue to improve, always areas for growth. I am looking forward to embracing the talents of the people I work with now so we can  continue to move forward and create a destination district for our students, their families and for our employees.”