St. Joseph School District

Achieving Excellence

Welcome to the SJSD Assessment Office

Dr. Lau  
Dr. Kendra Lau, Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment
Dr. Kendra Lau grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri and calls Missouri home. She attended the University of Missouri – Columbia and finished her undergraduate with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Missouri Western State University in 1995. Kendra later attended Northwest Missouri State University where she earned her Masters of Science in Science Education in 1997. She returned to the University of Missouri – Columbia to earn her Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2015. Dr. Lau was recently awarded the 2015 Dan H. Cockrell Ed.D Dissertation of the Year Award by the University of Missouri’s Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Department.

During her career, Kendra served as a teacher in Advanced Placement Chemistry, dual credit course, and honors. In addition, she earned her Gifted Education certification and served as the St. Joseph School District Gifted Education Program Director for five years. Kendra now serves as the Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment. In her current position, she leads day-to-day operations of a vibrant assessment office focused on continuous improvement and serving students. Dr. Lau is working towards her second year as a Missouri Quality Examiner through the Excellence in Missouri Foundation; she believes strongly in leveraging an improvement framework to better serve students and communities. Thus, data is extremely important to Dr. Lau's approach to school improvement; she believes the proper use of accurate data can work to support a better tomorrow for the students she serves.

Melody Boring, Assessment Specialist

Nancy Rohr, Assessment Technician

The Assessment Office is located on the bottom floor of the Downtown Library Building at 925 Felix Street.

816-671-4000 (Phone)
816-671-4404 (FAX)