Special School District Personnel
Special Education Administrator Ben Gleason joined MRH in July 2015. From 2008-2015 he was a Special Education Area Coordinator in the Mehlville School District. Prior to becoming an administrator, he was a Speech-Language Pathologist. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Kansas, an M.A. in Communication Disorders and Speech Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from Webster University.
Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) provides special education services and career and technical education for Maplewood Richmond Heights School District. SSD is the largest specialized education provider in the state, equips and empowers students of all learning abilities to excel to their greatest potential. This is realized through an inclusive, collaborative approach, supported by comprehensive resources and deep expertise - all of which is centered on each student’s unique needs.
SSD provides special education services to students in a variety of placements, which are governed by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Services are based entirely on a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
More than 97 percent of students who receive services from SSD staff attend a school in the school district in which they live. This means that the vast majority of special education services provided by SSD are delivered by SSD staff in 265 schools in 22 public school districts in St. Louis County.
To learn more about Maplewood-Richmond Heights and SSD’s partnership, please visit SSD’s partner district website.
Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) provides career and technical education (CTE) for Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District. SSD operates South Technical High School, which offers students experiential learning opportunities in more than 25 different programs. The CTE mission is college and career readiness - a commitment to preparing students for the increasing demands of the 21st century workforce and ensuring that students are fully prepared for college and careers. Our engaging programs, including everything from Automotive Technology to Web & Computer Programming, are focused on developing real-world skills, providing hands-on experience, and connecting students to employers and mentors who will support them long after graduation
Through our shops and labs, shadowing, internships, complex projects, clinical rotations, and many other immersive experiences, South Tech students gain in-depth perspectives of career paths and college majors. Students discover where they excel, what motivates them, and what they enjoy doing before they begin their post-secondary education or career. Students leave South Tech with skills, knowledge, experience, college credits, and certifications in the careers they explore.
Interested in applying? Visit South Tech’s Admissions website for more details.