Once a Hawk, Always a Hawk!

In 2012 our first high school seniors graduated from Lift For Life Academy.  Next May 2022 will be the ten year celebration of these graduates and we will be planning a reunion to commemorate the occasion.  To support this initiative, Jordan Wilson was hired in February 2021 as our Constituent Relations Coordinator. His role is to reach out to alumni and facilitate the organization of a strong alumni association.

If you are an alum of LFLA, please complete this brief form so we can notify you of relevant events and opportunities for you to engage with the Academy. Once you complete the form, contact Jordan Wilson at jwilson@liftforlifeacademy.org with your shirt size and he will send you a LFLA alumni t-shirt.

In the past couple of years, we have expanded the campus, adding a gym, additional classrooms to the high school and an elementary school. Further expansion plans include a 5th and 6th grade center, a black box theatre and girls’ and boys’ locker rooms. Please feel free to come back and tour the campus. We’re sure you will be amazed by the many enhancements.

We also welcome you as a volunteer if you are still in the St. Louis area. You may wish to speak to a classroom about your life/career journey or become a reading mentor. There are a multitude of options.

Contact Jordan Wilson at jwilson@liftforlifeacademy.org :

  • to become a member of the Hawk Alumni Association
  • to learn about possible career opportunities
  • to volunteer
  • to schedule a tour of LFLA


Spotlight on Alumni

Loreal Byrd– A graduate from LFLA’s inaugural class of 2012, Loreal attended Missouri State University and received a bachelor’s degree in Merchandising & Managing.  She became interested in fashion design while in high school after Dr. Noble introduced her to the fashion design teacher and the fashion program. The fashion design class provided her with the fundamentals and influenced her decision to pursue a career in fashion. She is now living in Dallas, Texas and has been working at Kelli’s Gift Shop Suppliers for three years as the Replenishment Coordinator.



Tubias Johnson– A graduate from class of 2016, Tubias attended Northwest Missouri State and received his bachelor’s degree in Science and Human Services with a minor in English. During his HS graduation, Tubias was the recipient of the “Touch the Future Scholarship,” funded by Mary Jo (LFLA board member) and Jerry Liberstein. This scholarship is given to students that are graduating and entering the education field. He is now working in our elementary school as a Literary and Intervention Specialist and he is thrilled to be back at LFLA.


Carvon Ward – A graduate from the class of 2020, Carvon attends Ranken Technical College and is studying to be a carpenter. Carvon was introduced into the trades as a high school freshman when he took a woodworking class and began working with a nonprofit organization called Dream Builders For Equity. He is a member of the Carpenter’s Union and plans to complete his education at Ranken and pursue a career in carpentry.



Ke-La Harris – A graduate from the class of 2015, Ke-La attended SEMO University and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Science & Education. Ke-La is now an eighth grade math teacher at Riverview Gardens Middle School. Several teachers at LFLA influenced her to pursue an education degree and shaped her teaching style, specifically Ms. Owens, Ms. Schmitt and Mr. Morrison. In her words, “LFLA also has impacted my day-to-day life. There are three quotes that were preached to me that I continue to live by – ‘Failure is not an option,’ ‘I got your back,’ and ‘Tell me what you do know.’”



Tameka Poppars– A graduate from the class of 2012, Tameka attended the University of Central Missouri (UCM) where she received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in legal studies. While attending UCM, Tameka worked with several Circuit Court judges through the UCM’s internship program. She is now working as a Deputy Juvenile officer for child abuse and neglect but her ultimate dream is to eventually become a lawyer. She is grateful that Lift For Life Academy encouraged her to go to college by helping her apply for scholarships, providing opportunities for her to converse with college recruiters and facilitating her application process.