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Rhonda Key

Assistant Superintendent | Jennings School District

Making the Impossible a REALITY


Rhonda M. Key, Ph.D., currently Assistant Superintendent in Jennings School District, has been a public school educator for 30 years and majority of that time as a building and district administrator. She has improved achievement and closed achievement gaps in rural, suburban, and urban public school districts. She previously held the position of Improvement Specialist in Jennings School District from 2011-2012 before moving to Decatur, Illinois where she served as principal of MacArthur High School. In 2014, Dr. Key was named one of Five Women to Make a Difference in the Decatur/Macon County area of Illinois. Prior to becoming a principal, Dr. Key served as Co-Superintendent of the Riverview Gardens School District and as a district administrator supporting the turn-around efforts in the Kansas City School District with high school principals.


From 2015-2019 Dr. Key served as a Principal, Director of Secondary Education, and Community Partnership Liaison in the Jennings School District. During 2016–2018 Jennings Senior High School achieved 100% graduation and job placement along with academic improvement and implementation of high school student internships with community businesses and organizations. In 2019, she was named High School Principal of the Year for the St. Louis Education Region by St. Louis Area Secondary School Principals. She was the first urban high school principal to receive this honor. She was recipient of the Merchant of Hope Award from the Resilience in Action. Dr. Key is co-author of articles regarding urban education successes and challenges for the North County Community Newsletter (“The Path Less Traveled: Designing Successful Systems: Stories of Change Volume 1 2018). She serves on several community organization boards and committees, such as the University of Missouri St. Louis and St. Louis Zoo.