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Meet the Administrators

Dr. Lanor Payne

Director/Principal of Early Learning Center

Dr. Payne has more than 16 years of experience serving as a classroom teacher, school staff, and administrator in Riverview Gardens School District, St. Louis Public Schools, Hazelwood School District, and Cornerstone Early Childhood Center. Dr. Payne also worked in the New Orleans Public School System and most recently served as the Superintendent of Special Education at the Annie Malone Therapeutic Academy in St. Louis.

Dr. Payne received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southeast Missouri State University, Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Webster University, Doctorate in Education degree from Maryville University, and Education Specialist’s degree from Lindenwood University.


Phone: 314-493-0880


Mr. Aman Lado

Assistant Principal

Mr. Aman Lado is the assistant principal of the Normandy Early Learning Center. Lado has taught in the Normandy Schools Collaborative since 2007 where he worked as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at the Normandy Early Childhood Center. He later served as the assistant principal for the Normandy Kindergarten Center. In 2016, he was recognized as the Normandy Teacher of the Year. Mr. Lado’s philosophy as an educator is that the whole child is valuable; their social and emotional beings, their physical bodies, and their cognitive abilities must be nurtured. Lado, who served in the U.S. Marines and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, is committed to building relationships with families and maintaining a strong personal presence with students.

A former mortgage banker, Lado realized his calling to education after his trip to Washington, D.C., for the Million Man March in 1995. After listening to young man speak at the event, he was inspired to return to his community and make a difference through education. Lado holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Harris-Stowe State University (formerly Harris-Stowe State College). He earned a certificate in Child Development from the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and his master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University.