Early Childhood Special Education


The mission of the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Department is to build independence in all preschool students to enable them to reach their full potential in preparation for kindergarten.

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FACE: Family and Community Engagement

We have a significant amount of school supplies that were donated and are looking for a permanent home. Anyone interested can contact me at 314-989-8311 to schedule a pickup or shop at the Family Resource Hub at North Tech.






School Year Start-Up Information

Students are back and the year is off! We appreciate your patience as our transportation department works to update the routes to ensure all students are safely traveling to-and-fro. Staff will be in touch throughout the year. We are never opposed to you reaching out with questions. We do ask that you be patient as we will need to wait until we are not working with students to follow-up. Some of you are new to school, and for the families it can be a situation that causes butterflies in your stomachs--we understand and this is a judgment free zone! Call, email, just reach out with your questions.
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Little Readers Festival at St. Louis County Library Florissant Valley Branch

SLCL is providing a wonderful literacy focused activity for our youngest learners If you have the day free, plan to check out the festival. Use this link to see specific details. The Little Readers Festival.
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Congratulations to Miss Erin!!!

SSD’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, is a semi-finalist for the 2023 Missouri Teacher of the Year Award!

“I am honored to be recognized as a teacher who is dedicated to improving student success as well as being passionate about teaching young students with hearing loss,” said Hemme. “In fact, I consider myself to represent many teachers in the field of education who are passionate about teaching students of all ages.”

Hemme is one of 17 regional teachers selected by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The process began with 34 outstanding teachers across the state of Missouri.

This is a well deserved honor. Miss Erin is a fantastic teacher and we are so happy to know that she is being recognized for all of her hard work!

Family Leadership Institute (FLI)

The highly successful SSD Parent Leadership Institute that has had more than 280 participants since 2007 is once again being offered under a new name of Family Leadership Institute (FLI).

The Institute will be Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm at SSD Central Office:

  • October 12, 2022
  • October 19, 2022
  • October 26, 2022 and
  • November 2, 2022

If you are a parent or family member who makes the educational decisions for a child with a disability, investing the time to attend these four Wednesday evening sessions will provide:

VISION: for the future of your child.

KNOWLEDGE: to help effectively participate in your child's education.

LEADERSHIP SKILLS: to improve the educational climate for all children.

ACCESS: to new resources, friends, and experts to help you on your journey.

Apply today https://www.ssdmo.org/Page/509

ECSE Family Channel

Click here to see useful evidence based strategies on a variety of parenting topics for use in your home: Rules * Toilet Training * Schedules * Avoid Power Struggles & MORE. Compiled by the ECSE Student Support Facilitators.


  • Special School District Website; Here is the Special School District Website. Please explore to learn further.
  • Superintendent Insider; A Few words from Dr. Keenan.
  • Family and Community Engagement: The mission of the FACE department is to partner with students, families, and staff to support students' specialized academic, social, and emotional needs to promote self-determination, equitable opportunities, and authentic inclusion.
  • Parent Advisory Council of Special School District ; Please visit this site to learn details about the Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

The ECSE Administrative Team

Stacy M. Sturdivant

Director of Early Childhood Special Education

Coordinator for Brentwood

(314) 989-8411

Margaret Dyer

Special Education Coordinator

Ladue & Ritenour

(314) 989-8374

Karin Fleming

Special Education Coordinator

Affton, Bayless, Hancock, South County Head Start, &Webster


Geannie Floyd

Special Education Coordinator

Lindbergh & Valley Park


Cheryl Hermann

Special Education Coordinator

ECSE Deaf/Hard of Hearing, & Audiology


Liz Kenner

Special Education Coordinator

Evaluation Teams & Parkway Step Program

(314) 989-7831 or (314) 415-4980

Jen Roper

Special Education Coordinator

Parkway ECC, Parkway North Preschool, & Satellite Sites

(314) 415-4983

Kathleen Vierod

Special Education Coordinator

Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Jennings, Normandy, & Riverview Gardens

(314) 989-8213