Teaching and Learning Department

Pattonville School District provides challenging and enriching learning opportunities for our staff and students. The Teaching and Learning Department supports this work through fostering engaging programs and a viable curriculum for our students and providing relevant professional development for all staff.

Tina Plummer, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning 314-213-8007Send email
Dr. Tina Plummer has served as a building level and central office level administrator in Missouri for over twenty years. Since July 2018 she has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for the Pattonville School District. Her mission as a leader is to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges. She works every day to provide leadership, service and support to ALL district staff so that they have the necessary support to ensure ALL students can learn.
Montize Aaron, Ed.D.Director of Elementary Education314-213-8009Send email

Dr. Aaron is currently the Director of Elementary Education who works with educators and staff members across the district, to provide the best learning environment for students. Montize has been a Director of Student Services, an Elementary Principal, an assistant Principal, and an Elementary Teacher. Montize holds an Educational Doctorate degree in leadership from Maryville University.
Cara Hiripitiyage, Ed.D.Director of Seconday Education314-213-8009Send email

Dr. Cara Hiripitiyage serves administrators, teachers, and students at the middle and high school levels through organizing and facilitating professional development, curriculum writing, materials selection, and other secondary education supports. Throughout her time in education, she has served as an English teacher and an assistant principal. She is an advocate for supporting the diverse needs of all learners through personalized, culturally proficient learning. Dr. Hiripitiyage holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Maryville University.
Odetta SmithDirector of Innovation and Life Readiness314-213-8009Send email

Odetta Smith has served in a wide variety of roles in her 23 years in public education both as a teacher and administrator. As the Director of Innovation & Life Readiness she supports district initiatives in personalized learning, EL programming, Federal Programs, Library Services and MOCAP. Ms. Smith currently holds two School Leadership masters degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Harvard Graduate School of Education.