Sally Beth Lyon, EdD, CDFT

Program Associate

Sally Beth Lyon is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Saint Louis University, in the College of Education and Public Service, where she works with graduate students interested in becoming school and district leaders.

Sally Beth received a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University.  She worked for the IBM Corporation in sales and management for ten years, before returning to school to become a teacher.  She earned a Master of Science in Teaching degree from Pace University in New York in 1992. During that time she served as a research assistant and co-authored Case Studies for Teacher Problem Solving (Silverman, Welty, and Lyon, McGraw Hill: 1992, 1995).  She earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University in 2004. 

As an educator, Sally Beth has been an elementary school teacher, a middle school administrator, and Chief Academic Officer for Columbia Public Schools in Columbia, MO. As Chief Academic Officer, she was responsible for all of the academic and student support services in the district, such as curriculum development, assessment, professional development, school improvement, guidance and counseling, behavior support, special education, federal programs, and Information Technology Services.  She created and led the school district’s “Equity Team,” a group of district leaders trained by NCCJ-StL to provide in-house leadership for social justice work in the district.

In addition to her work at Saint Louis University, Sally Beth serves as a member of the Columbia/Boone Country Board of Health and as a Program Associate for NCCJ St. Louis. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way Women’s Initiative, Columbia Metro Rotary and Rotary International, a co-chair in the City of Columbia Visioning Project, and an adjunct faculty member in Educational Leadership for the University of Missouri, Columbia.  

Sally Beth is a Certified Diversity FaciliTrainer (CDFT)™.