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Northwest R-I School District Selects New Superintendent


Dec. 9, 2021

With a vote of 7-0, the Board of Education has approved Dr. Jennifer Hecktor as the new Superintendent of the Northwest R-I School District effective July 1, 2022. She will replace Dr. Desi Kirchhofer, who is retiring effective June 30, 2022. Dr. Kirchhofer has served as superintendent since 2017. 

Dr. Jennifer HecktorDr. Hecktor comes to Northwest from the Wentzville School District, where she has been the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources since 2018. In addition to her current position at Wentzville, Dr. Hecktor brings a vast amount of educational experience with her.. After beginning her career as a Paraprofessional, she taught English/Language Arts and Special Education in middle and high schools at the Francis Howell, Pattonville, and Fort Zumwalt school districts. Dr. Hecktor has served as a Special Education department chairperson, dyslexia coordinator, and ESOL general education liaison in Texas and Florida. She returned to Missouri, where she was named the administrative intern of Westhoff Elementary and the building principal of Fort Zumwalt West Middle School in the Fort Zumwalt School District. She was then named Assistant Superintendent of the Wright City R-II School District, a position she held for three years. Dr. Hecktor has also served as an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University and Maryville University.Dr. Hecktor earned a Doctorate in Teaching and Learning from Maryville University in 2018, an Educational Specialist in Superintendency from Missouri Baptist University in 2015, her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri in 2013, and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education and Special Education from Lindenwood University in 1997. 

Retta Tuggle, president of the Northwest R-I Board of Education, said, “We are excited to have Dr. Hecktor as the new leader of Northwest Lion Nation. We firmly believe that her experience and knowledge will continue to build upon our mission to make sure students are respectful, responsible, resilient, and ready to meet the challenges they will face.”

“I am honored to join and lead the Northwest R-I School District--supporting the dedicated leaders, teachers, and staff who provide high-quality learning and leading experiences for every child every day,” Dr. Hecktor said. “Northwest is known to be family focused, and the close partnerships among schools and community members are admirable. My family is excited to move to Northwest Lion Nation and become active members of this vibrant family. I will begin spending time in the District in January, and I look forward to building strong, trusting relationships with all members of the District and community.”

Dr. Hecktor is a native of St. Charles and a graduate of Francis Howell High School. She and her husband, Matthew, have three children; a 21-year-old daughter who will begin studying at Jefferson College in August 2022, a son who is a junior in high school, and a daughter in fourth grade.