The Communications Office is located on the bottom floor of the District Office at 1415 N 26th Street. Contact us by phone at 816-671-4008. This office supervises the following areas: Community Relations, Media Relations, Press Releases, Public Information, Social Media, District Website, Photography, and Video Productions.

Contact Us

Eileen Houston-Stewart
Director of Communications
e[email protected]
Superintendent's Office
(816) 671-4008

Houston-Stewart started her career in St. Joseph in broadcast journalism. She also served the community as the director of communications for the United Way of Greater St. Joseph. Her career in school communications includes roles at DeKalb County School District, Kansas City Public Schools, Liberty Public Schools, Fort Worth Independent School District, and Cincinnati Public Schools. Her latest role is president/owner of HoustonStewart Consulting in Liberty.

Houston-Stewart has a bachelor’s degree in communication/public relations from William Jewell College in Liberty. She is an Emeritus Trustee of William Jewell College, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and the Missouri School Public Relations Association (MOSPRA).

Ashley Coats
Digital Communications Specialist
[email protected]
Central Office
(816) 671-4008

Ashley joined the Communications Department team in 2019 after more than three years with the St. Joseph Museums. She is the main SJSD photographer and is in charge of the SchoolMessenger call system and website. She does emergency and informational phone calls to parents, works with the media, social media, and the website. She writes copy for use on the website, social media, and publications. Ashley also coordinates the district's student and staff recognition programs. 

Charisse Giseburt
District Web Manager
[email protected]
Truman Middle School
(816) 671-4400

Charisse began working for the SJSD in 2000 as a high school English teacher. In 2006, she began working as Coordinator of Summer Programs and Volunteer Services. The district launched a new website in 2013 and Charisse was brought in to work on the Communications Team as the Web Manager. Currently she works as the Library Media Specialist at Truman Middle School and assists each building to maintain their individual websites.

John Morris
Video Production Specialist
[email protected]
Central Office
(816) 671-4008

The video productions department records a wide range of material, including plays, sporting events, choir and band concerts, awards assemblies and special events. Please call or email John Morris if you have any questions or need advice on recording your building events.

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