My name is LaSaundra Vines and I am a native of St. Louis, Missouri. I was educated through the St. Louis Public School System, where I graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School. I attended Lincoln University located in Jefferson City, Missouri, where I earned a BA in Education with a specification in Social Studies. Upon my graduation from Lincoln University, I returned to Theodore Roosevelt High School, as a member of the Social Studies department and later the Counseling team. I continued my education at Saint Louis University, where I earned a MA Ed in School Counseling.
During my 11 year tenure of working for St. Louis Public Schools, I worked in various positions but volunteered in as many activities as my time would allow. I was an active athletic team coach, as well as a being co-sponsor for the Roosevelt High School Academic Olympics Team. I was selected as a St. Louis Public School liaison for the NFL St. Louis Rams Team, where the district and the Rams combined athletics with academics in an effort to open avenues of success for at-risk students.
I relocated to Durham, North Carolina in 2006, and was employed by Kestrel Heights Charter School as the Guidance Counselor and Testing Coordinator for grades 6 through 12. In that capacity, I provided post-secondary plans for all grade levels, while following the mandates of the Department of Public Instruction’s Testing Guidelines. While employed at Kestrel Heights, I furthered my education and earned a Master’s of School Administration from North Carolina Central University.
I am currently a doctoral student at High Point University, where I am currently in the final stages of writing my dissertation on the topic, “An In-Depth Comparison of Succesful Alternatives to Exclusionary Practices in Schools; Anything But Suspension.”
I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and a member of First Calvary Baptist Church. I am the mother of two wonderful children, Atrion and Hannah and the wife of a dedicated husband, Derrick.