Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult, spoke at John Burroughs School in April, 2017. This event was co-sponsored by JBS, Priory, Whitfield, and Ladue (LEF, LHWHSPA & LMSPA).

In How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.

Of special value to parents of teens, this book is a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.

The Harlem Wizards


This first-ever community event of its kind, hosted by the LEF and the LHWHS Boys’ Basketball Program, was a fun afternoon of high-flying and interactive sports entertainment with the Harlem Wizards basketball team taking on our own home team of Ladue School District teachers and staff.

Proceeds benefitted the Ladue School District and the LHWHS Boys’ Basketball Program.

Honoring Mr. Heyde

Special thanks to a great teacher!

Ladue Education Foundation Event
“Honoring Mr. Heyde” 
Drew Attendees from Across the Country 

In April, 2015, the Ladue Education Foundation (LEF), along with Carol Weisman and Frank Robbins, hosted an event at the Private Residences at the Chase honoring former Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) English teacher and forensics coach Mr. Bill Heyde. More than 100 alumni and colleagues flocked from 9 states and Costa Rica to pay tribute to Mr. Heyde.

“We began hearing from Mr. Heyde’s former students almost daily once we sent out the invitation to the event,” said Kristen Wild, executive director of the LEF. “Mr. Heyde’s former students flew in from California, Colorado, New Jersey… Even those alumni who couldn’t attend still wanted to be a part of the celebration. We received many stories about the positive impact of Mr. Heyde’s teaching — the phrase ‘life-changing’ was used often.” 

The event featured former forensics students staging lighthearted debates, the presentation of a memory book to Bill Heyde and opportunities to share appreciation in person. A tour of Ladue Horton Watkins High School preceded the festivities and gave alumni attending the event the chance to hear about proposed renovations to the school. 

Mr. Heyde taught at LHWHS for more than 30 years and currently lives in Cape Girardeau, MO. 

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