Early Childhood Special Education

September 2021

News Bites We Want to Share

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year! All schools have resumed instruction and we are excited to see the students once again.

Most districts have resumed in-person learning and each school has unique plans in place to protect the students and staff who will be in attendance daily. Please know that safety and education are our key concerns! We want our students to learn as much as possible but we want them and their families to remain safe! We are working with each school/center in partnership to support the plans that are in place for Protective Personal Equipment use, cleaning processes, social distancing and individual materials if/when appropriate.

Staff will always share any updates as soon as they have them. In addition you may use many of the links included in this newsletter to read information on Special School District's website.

Lunch & Learn Series

Wednesday, Sep. 1st, 11:30am-12pm

This is an online event.

Special School District’s Family and Community Outreach, Social Work, Parent Education and Diversity Awareness (PEDA) and Communications departments have teamed up to offer a virtual Lunch & Learn series for SSD families and stakeholders. The series, which will involve community organizations sharing information about their work, will take place on the first Wednesday of each month during the 2021-22 school year, from 11:30 AM - Noon.

Representatives from nine community organizations will participate in order to increase awareness about their agency and make connections with those in our SSD community who may benefit from their programs and services.

Organizations represented in the Lunch & Learn series include:

Celebrations and Other News

Congratulations to the staff members who won various grants to supplement learning planned for their students.

Helpful Links

Special School District Website

Here is the Special School District Website. Please explore to learn further.

Superintendent Updates

Leadership Updates can be found here.

Parent Education Diversity & Awareness

Parent Education Diversity and Awareness (PEDA) works to provide supports to families in a variety of areas. Click here to learn more about them.

Special School District Parent Advisory Council

Please visit this site to learn details about the Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

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.

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

Director Q & A Talks

Join Stacy M. Sturdivant, Director of Early Childhood Special Education, for a Q & A session where you have the opportunity for discussion and asking your specific questions. Use this link to request a 15 minute appointment.

Topic: Director's Q & A Talks