Early Childhood Special Education

April Edition

Little Things That We Want You to Know

Universal Summer Supports (USS) is a program being offered for the summer of 2021. This is an enrichment opportunity for our students. We all know the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on education and we wish to address that at this time. Here is the link to the USS information on the SSD website https://www.ssdmo.org/Page/1175. Registration closed Friday April 2nd. We will follow-up with all families who registered.

ECSE Shares

This has been a year of learning for staff as well as students. I would like to take the time to thank the staff that have grown their technological skills to provide some engaging and progressive virtual instruction. Thank you to staff who have had to be flexible with the changes of virtual to in-person and sometimes back again. Thank you to all who have adapted and adjusted to the changes in building expectations to provide for social distancing and to keep all safe. Thank you!

Strategy of the Month

Children's nutrition: 10 tips for picky eaters. Is an article with some ideas for working with those of us who don't want to each everything that everyone else eats. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/childrens-health/art-20044948

Celebrations and Other News

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Teacher of the year 2021

Please note my correction to last month's newsletter. Congratulations go to Erin Hemme of Ladue ECC Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Staff. She was the SSD 2020-2021 Teacher of the year.

Thank you to our partners!

Many districts were able to obtain vaccination doses for our special education staff working in their areas. We thank you for this opportunity! We were also able to offer vaccinations to many of our partner district staff when we ran our clinics through Special School District. Partnership and working together is what will help us push through this pandemic!

Links You Might Like

Meet the Administrative Team

Stacy M. Sturdivant

Director of Early Childhood Special Education &

Coordiantor for Ritenour

(314) 989-8411


Karin Fleming

Area Coordinator

Affton, Bayless, Hancock, St. George Head Start & Webster

(314) 989-8546


Geannie Floyd

Area Coordinator

Jennings, Normandy & Riverview Gardens

(314) 989-8213


Cheryl Hermann

Area Coordinator

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing & Audiology

(314) 989-8274


Tara Markenson

Area Coordinator

Brentwood, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Ladue, Lindbergh & Valley Park

(314) 989- 8376


Liz Kenner

Area Coordinator

Evaluation Teams & Parkway Step Program

(314) 989-7831


Jen Roper

Area Coordinator

Parkway ECC & Satellite Sites

(314) 415-4983