Administrators

Jodi Boyd
Jodi Boyd
Jodi Boyd Jodi Boyd

Special Education Director

Jodi Boyd is excited to begin her second year with the LPA team as a Special Education Teacher. Jodi graduated from Missouri Baptist University in 2011 with her degree in Early Childhood, Elementary and K-12 Cross-Categorical Special Education. She worked with the Special School District of St. Louis County for four years in an early childhood special education classroom and was then chosen to help start an intensive behavior intervention team in May 2012. While working on the behavior intervention team, she had the opportunity to work in districts all over St. Louis County helping students with high frequency and high intensity behaviors become successful within their classroom. Jodi believes that all students can succeed and enjoys helping them reach their fullest potential. She is happy to be a part of establishing Lafayette Prep and their Special Education program. In her free time, Jodi likes hanging out with her friends and family, exploring the city and spending time outdoors.


Cynthia Cobb
Cynthia Cobb
Cynthia Cobb Cynthia Cobb

Dean of Students

Cynthia Cobb is excited to settle into her professional home at LPA. She studied at the University of Missouri - St. Louis to earn a Bachelor's of Science in Education in 2010 and a Master of Education in Educational Administration in 2014. Cynthia started teaching in Riverview Gardens School District before transitioning to Hazelwood School District. She has taught students from various grade levels and backgrounds. Cynthia has worked to improve relationships with families through a fellowship with the Homeworks Teacher Home Visit Program. She believes that every child deserves a dedicated professional who will tirelessly work to improve their craft through reflection, professional development and collaboration with peers and families. Cynthia is a mother of two sons, Andrew and Nicholas, and enjoys cooking, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.


Susan Marino
Susan Marino
Susan Marino Susan Marino

Executive Director

Susan is a Soulard resident dedicated to the continued revitalization of St. Louis by way of educational reform. As the founding Head of School and Executive Director for LPA, Susan has had the great privilege of collaborating to build a school community to meet the needs of students in St. Louis City. She believes that each child can and will be successful given the appropriate guidance and support. Prior to her involvement with LPA, Susan taught High School Language Arts and served as a leader in a traditional public school for seven years. For five years, Susan also worked with at-risk students in alternative schools designed for expulsions and dropouts from SLPS, Jennings, Hazelwood, and more. Susan was deeply involved in the development and implementation of the alternative schools as a teacher, Director, and Area Supervisor who managed the operation of 7 small schools. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Literature from the University of New Mexico, a Master of Arts Teaching (MAT) from Lindenwood University, and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in Educational Leadership from Webster University. Susan also serves on the Board of Kingdom House. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and traveling.


Sarah Ranney
Sarah Ranney
Sarah Ranney Sarah Ranney

Head of School

Sarah is a proud LPA parent to a 1st grader (Thomas) and office bunny (Dorothy). She believes that every child has an inalienable right to attain an excellent education no matter their economic status, residential location, or background. This belief led her to join the incredible team at Lafayette Preparatory Academy in 2014 as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction before becoming the Head of School in 2016. Sarah joined LPA after four years working as an instructional coach with Teach For America where she focused on developing Early Childhood and Elementary teachers across the metropolitan area. She supported more than 100 teachers directly and nearly 300 teachers through content development in more than 40 schools during her tenure there. Previous to Teach For America, Sarah spent several years in the classroom in SLPS and the private sector. Sarah has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster University, a Bachelor of Arts in Media Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is an elementary and eMINTS certified teacher. Sarah is also a Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor and spends her spare time working with new mothers or training new Doulas. Sarah enjoys reading, knitting and exploring the St. Louis music scene with her husband, Bryan. When not at school, you might find her riding around on her new tricycle or hanging out in Tower Grove park with her family and their dog, Jackson.