McGrath Elementary Principal Announces Retirement

Staff members walking with a school banner and waving during a community parade


Sept. 27, 2022

After 27 years in public education, McGrath Elementary School Principal Dr. Cindy Neu will retire at the end of the 2022-23 school year.

“My experiences have been phenomenal with our wonderful staff, delightful children and amazing community,” said Dr. Neu. “While change is tough, it is time to slow things down, spend more time with my family, and seek other adventures I have been itching to try.”

Dr. Neu began her career in the Webster Groves School District as a sixth grade communication arts and world cultures teacher. After 10 years in the classroom, she transitioned to an administrative role as the district’s science and social studies curriculum coordinator.

Five years later, she was named the assistant principal at Avery Elementary School, earning Assistant Principal of the Year honors from the St. Louis Suburban Region of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals in 2013.

Later that year, Dr. Neu moved 1.7 miles down the road to McGrath, where she has served as the school’s principal for the last 10 years.

“Dr. Neu is a tremendous leader,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Lane. “Her energy and passion for helping students, engaging families and supporting staff have made a lasting impression on our entire school community.”