Join us for the 12th Annual Community Breakfast as we come together as a community to celebrate our successes, learn about current initiatives, and support our future programs.



Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018  |  9 - 11 a.m.
Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Featuring Foundation & District Updates
and Honoring Dr. Chuck McKenna,
Ladue Schools Superintendent, 1971-2000

Tours of the renovated building will be available for attendees only immediately following the event

Send photos, notes or stories about Dr. Chuck McKenna to lef@ladueschools.net or mail to the LEF at 9703 Conway Road, St. Louis, MO, 63141.


Guest Speaker, Dr. Donna Jahnke
Ladue Schools SuperintendEnt

Dr. Donna Jahnke has served the Ladue School District for 32 years and began her role as the district’s superintendent on July 1, 2013, after having served as the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning since 2008. Dr. Jahnke plans to retire effective June 30, 2019, at which point she will have served in education for a total of 36 years.

On March 25, 2015, Dr. Jahnke was named New Superintendent of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) for outstanding performance as a new superintendent. Dr. Jahnke also served on the steering committee of the St. Louis Regional Collaborative for Educational Excellence which was formed in June 2015 by all St. Louis County public schools to support efforts to assist the Normandy Schools Collaborative and Riverview Gardens School District in regaining accreditation.

Dr. Jahnke began her career in the Ladue School District in 1991 as a classroom teacher, after having worked as a Special Education Teacher for Special School District of St. Louis County. In 1996, she became Director of Community Services, which included responsibilities as the Director of the Ladue Early Childhood Center, the Parents as Teachers program and all district fee-based programs. In 1998, she was appointed Principal of Reed Elementary School where she remained until becoming an Assistant Superintendent in 2008.

Honorary Guest, Dr. Chuck McKenna
Retired Ladue Schools Superintendent 

Dr. Charles (“Chuck”) McKenna began his career with the Ladue School District in 1963, rising to Superintendent and serving twenty-nine years in the role until he retired in 2000. A Michigan native, Dr. McKenna attended Central Michigan University, earning his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. from Columbia University Teachers College. 

Dr. McKenna taught English and social studies and was a graduate school instructor at Northeast Missouri State University. He served as Assistant Superintendent of the Ladue School District before becoming Superintendent in 1971.

Dr. McKenna has taken on numerous roles at the regional, state and national level. He served as President of Cooperating School Districts of Metropolitan St. Louis and was the first Chairman of the St. Louis Voluntary Interdistrict Desegregation Program. He served on the Advisory Board of the St. Louis Zoo and the Chancellor’s Advisory Board of the University of Missouri, St. Louis. 

In addition, Dr. McKenna has received a plethora of awards. He was chosen as Administrator of the Year by the Missouri State Teacher’s Association and the Missouri Association of School Administrators. In 1989, he received a Missouri Leadership Academy Award for Contributions to Women Administrators. He was named a Top 100 Educator by the National School Board Association and won the American Association of School Administrators Distinguished Service Award.


Free childcare offered at the high school from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
(children must be potty trained). 

SIGN UP HERE or email Sarah Early at searly5@yahoo.com
You must sign up your child prior to the breakfast. 


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristen Wild at kristenwild@laduefoundation.org or 314-983-5334.

Funds raised by the Foundation are used to benefit the students and staff
of the Ladue School District.