The Ladue Education Foundation welcomes its newest member to the board, Charles Mems. Charles graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 2002 and has continued his involvement in the district ever since. He is the co-founder of the Ladue Girls Basketball club and currently coaches the eighth grade girls' team. He also spent time as a teaching assistant at Reed Elementary School. Many students remember him fondly as the director of the after-school care program there, BASK.
The LEF was a natural fit for Charles, as community involvement and giving back are important to him. “If we want to give our students all the tools necessary to be leaders in the future, we have to be able to supply them with modern opportunities and new ways of thinking. With education budgets being squeezed as tightly as they are these days, everything we can do will matter. There is no better time to get involved and support our schools,” he says. His passion for the district was born out of his tenure as a student, and his respect for the high quality of the schools and the teachers has grown since. “The amount of hard work and time that each of the teachers put into the curriculum is outstanding. It is an honor to be a part of something so great,” he says.
Charles, who is currently a Regional Sales Account Executive for the St. Louis Post Dispatch/STLtoday.com, has talents that extend beyond teaching, coaching and mentoring--he loves to sing. “I tried out for American Idol four times and sang to my beautiful wife as she walked down the aisle on our wedding day.” The LEF is excited to harmonize with Charles and his enthusiasm for our district.