Dr. ClauDean Kizart has served in the field of education for over 18 years.  Her teaching and professional development experience, in both the elementary and post-secondary sector of education, as well as her doctoral research has helped her become an emerging expert in providing data-informed and researched based solutions to a variety of educational issues. Dr. Kizart works with students, faculty and administrations to empower first-year, first generation, and other socio-economically challenged college students to complete degrees of higher education.

Dr. Kizart is a former TRiO participant who received her Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Lindenwood University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Saint Louis University, a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Harris-Stowe State University with a  minor in Social Studies. She also holds Certificates in Reading and Advanced Teaching On-Line.

Dr. Kizart has a love for education! In addition to her work with first-generation and other under-represented college students, she teaches education courses and works for Missouri Reading Initiative. As a state wide trainer for Missouri Reading Initiative, she facilitates professional development workshops for administrators, teachers, and literacy coaches focused on best practices and research-based strategies in comprehensive/ balanced literacy.

Dr. Kizart is also a parent of 2 children, she is a soccer mom who loves reading, sewing, and gardening. She is a student and teacher of West African and Haitian/Caribbean dance.

Mission: To help decrease the attrition rate, while increasing the proportion of first generation, as well as first-year college students that persist towards completing degrees of higher education.

Vision: Education is one of the genesis to an improved mental, emotional and physical life. With it we can inevitably increase the well-being of our community, nation and world!

Dr. ClauDean Kizart


Dr. Kizart is not only dynamic but genuine! I have had the opportunity to participate in workshops as an observer and have heard the testimonies of my students. In both cases, I have noticed an increase in the level of enthusiasm with the student groups. Dr. Kizart’ s workshops allow the opportunity for critical thinking, self-reflection, self-motivation, and equips students with critical success tools.
Donivan Foster, M.Ed.
Manager-Campus Life Department

In my opinion, one of the best types of learning is when you are so engaged in the topic at hand, that you do not fully realize that you are learning until you debrief and converse about that topic with a full level of understanding…that is how I felt while attending Dr. ClauDean Kizart’s workshop, Attrition and Degree Completion Strategies. Her style and ease of facilitating made comprehending the information fun and fundamental for me; I appreciate that as an instructor/learner!
Adrienne Smith
Reading Instructor II
Coordinator of General Education
St. Louis Community College

Dr. Kizart is an awesome woman who is inspiring to other women. We appreciate the time she takes to remind us of how important our mental and emotional health is as we complete our degrees.
Desiray Taylor
Student Participant