Tina Frye is a proud East St. Louis native and product of School District 189. She has served as an elementary and middle school Teacher, middle school Administrator, elementary school Principal, and Assistant Superintendent, all within the district. A licensed educator and administrator, Ms. Frye holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Western Illinois University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University.
Keisa Garrett is proud of her heritage within East St. Louis District 189 where she completed her entire K-12 education. For the past 21 years, she has served as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal and now as Chief of Schools. Ms. Garrett particularly values her days within the classroom when she worked directly with students. She moved into administration based on a deep internal desire to have a greater impact for all students in East St. Louis. Throughout her leadership positions, Ms. Garrett uses data and relationships as methods to strategically and positively impact student's lives. Some of the milestones of success during her educational career include seven years as an Illinois Spotlight or Honor Roll School (Alta Sita Elementary School) and earning the district's first star on Schooldigger.com with movement from the bottom 10% of state schools (Mason-Clark Middle School). She hails servant leadership as the banner with a quote from Pete Hoekstra, "Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people they lead". As Chief of Schools, Ms. Garrett serves the community of East St. Louis School District 189 including students, parents, teachers, principals and directors. Her departments address key services including Social Emotional Learning, Attendance and Truancy, Student Services, College and Career Initiatives and Instructional Reform. Ms. Garrett is honored to continue to serve the great "City of Champions." As a licensed educator and administrator, Ms. Garrett holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
For more than 25 years, Jennifer Brumback has had the privilege of working with students, teachers, and administrators in the areas of secondary mathematics, assessment, curriculum, school improvement, and data analysis. She earned her BA in Mathematics from The University of North Texas in 1992 and her M.Ed. in Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma in 2003. After relocating to the Metro East Area, Jennifer joined East St. Louis SD 189 in January 2013 as an Assessment Specialist, and, In 2015, was named Director of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
Dr. Sherry Reynolds Whitaker has more than two decades of experience in accounting, financial analysis, business management, and school administration. Prior to accepting the East St. Louis SD 189 Chief Financial Officer position, she worked as a Chief School Business Official (CSBO) for Lyon SD 103, Assistant Director of Finance at CUSD 308, intern business manager and served as a regional consultant for the Illinois State Board of Education. She has also worked as a project manager for OfficeMax, a cost accounting manager for Bankers Life & Casualty, and has also held various accounting/leadership positions for corporations such as: Sprint PCS, CB Richard Ellis, CNA Insurance and IBM. She has spent the last 15 years working on education and career development initiatives in the community and is dedicated to diversity work in Illinois and the surrounding states.
Tina Frye, Chief Human Resource Officer
Crystal Thompson, Administrative Assistant
Keisa Garrett, Chief of Schools
Jennifer Brumback, Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Sherry Reynolds Whitaker, Chief School Business Official