Dr. Collins Hart
  • Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart

     Since becoming superintendent of the Hazelwood School District in 2016, Dr. Collins-Hart has created academic acceleration models in three thematic schools, led the opening of a school-based health center, facilitated the development and implementation of the Hazelwood NOW Strategic Plan, expanded early childhood education opportunities districtwide, balanced the $250M budget, and successfully advocated for compensation increases across all employee groups. Her current innovative efforts include collaborating with state agencies and local organizations to design and implement equity measures for school districts statewide.

    Dr. Collins-Hart was a teacher for nine years. She also has experience as an assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent, and college professor. For over 16 years, Dr. Collins-Hart has led school district systems in the capacity of the superintendent. Prior to serving as superintendent of Hazelwood, she led Proviso Township High School District 209 in Forest Park, Illinois. In the 5,000 student district, student performance increased on the ACT and in reading and math. During her tenure, graduating seniors in Hazelwood have earned more than $188M in scholarships and volunteered over 200,000 community service hours. Hazelwood School District has an annual operating budget of $250M that supports 2,950 staff who serve over 16,000 students representing over 60 countries and nearly 40 languages in North St. Louis County, Missouri.

    Dr. Collins-Hart has received numerous honors for her leadership in education and work in the community. She was named the National Association of School Superintendents’ 2019 Superintendent of the Year. She was awarded the Apple for the Teacher Award from Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., the education award from North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Leadership Award, the Ida B. Wells Risk Taker Award from the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the Top Ladies of Distinction 2014 Women in Leadership Orchid Award, and the Outstanding Administrator Award for the 7th Congressional District of Illinois.

    In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Collins-Hart also serves on the Valley Industries Board, Christian Hospital Board, North County Incorporated Executive Board, Missouri State High School Activities Association Executive Board, and is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She is affiliated with several other professional and civic organizations, including the National Association of School Superintendents, the American Association of School Administrators, the National Association of Black School Educators, Kiwanis Club in Florissant, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She formerly served on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner’s Advisory Council and Greater North County Chamber of Commerce Board.

    Dr. Collins-Hart earned a doctorate in educational policy and leadership from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. She has a certification in curriculum and instruction as well as two master’s degrees from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina; her master’s degrees are in educational administration and English education. Dr. Collins-Hart’s bachelor’s degree in English education was earned from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


    Phone: (314) 953-5010