Dr. Tiffany Anderson, a Kansas resident for many years, has been a public school educator for 23 years and the majority of that time has been as a superintendent. She has improved achievement and closed achievement gaps in rural, urban and in suburban public school districts. The Washington Post and NPR referenced Dr. Anderson as, “The superintendent who made schools work for poor children.” After successfully serving as an assistant superintendent in the 23,000 Rockwood School District in St. Louis County which is accredited with distinction, Dr. Anderson began her role as the first female and first African American superintendent in Montgomery County Public Schools in Virginia, a district that served 23 schools in 4 different localities. During her tenure, the district moved from having 7 schools accredited to having all schools accredited under her leadership. Additionally, under her leadership, multiple schools were recognized under the Virginia Governor’s Competence to Excellence Award. Dr. Anderson led numerous initiatives aimed at college preparation while in Montgomery County. Most notably, her work in closing the achievement gaps and her early college initiatives improved the district’s programs and course offerings. When Dr. Anderson moved back to Missouri, she continued her work with eliminating achievement gaps in leading University Academy, a college prep academy that she led to being accredited with distinction. In July 2012, Dr. Anderson joined the Jennings School District as Superintendent. Under Dr. Anderson’s leadership, the Jennings School District regained full accreditation, a distinction the district lost decades ago. Jennings has become a national model of excellence in serving the whole child. They have met a 93% graduation rate and 100% of their graduates are placed in a postsecondary school, the military or in a job. On July 1, 2016 Dr. Anderson will be the first African American female leading the 14,000 students of Topeka Public Schools, in Topeka, Kansas where the landmark Brown vs. Board case ended legal segregation.
Dr. Anderson’s publications include her book, Closing the Achievement Gap and her book Transforming Schools for Excellence along with several articles on high performing school cultures published in local and national magazines and newspapers. Dr. Anderson earned her undergraduate degree, and later her doctorate, from Saint Louis University in 2001 where she met her husband, Dr. Stanley Anderson who is an accomplished OBGYN and robotic surgeon. Together they work to support children in having a healthy start so children can succeed in school. In 2016, Dr. Anderson received her second doctorate, the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Eden Theological Seminary for her service to the community and society. Dr. Anderson is also adjunct faculty for ASCD (Association for Schools and Curriculum Development) and she serves on their 9 member national poverty cadre which trains districts across the nation. Dr. Anderson has also served as an adjunct professor in school and community relations at Radford University in Virginia, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri-Kansas City and University of Missouri-St. Louis in educational policy studies. Dr. Anderson is a national presenter and among her various awards, in 2014, Dr. Anderson earned the national recognition from Education Week as one of the national 16 Leaders to Learn From. Dr. Anderson has also been awarded the Salute to Excellence for Women by the Urban League, the Person of the Year in St. Louis and the Stellar Performance award by the St. Louis American and the St. Louis Business Journal’s award for diversity in business as some of her recognitions. Dr. Anderson is originally from St. Louis, Missouri but she has been a resident of Kansas for many years and both of her children have graduated from Kansas high schools. She is a lifetime member of the NAACP and is nationally known for her innovative work serving schools in high poverty communities.