Katy Meers Named Director of Special Education

Katy Meers Named Director of Special Education
Posted on 05/27/2020
Katy Meers Named Director of Special EducationOn Tues., May 26, the Special School District (SSD) Board of Education approved the hiring of Katy Meers as the Director of Special Education for Affton School District for the 2020-2021 school year.

Within this position, Meers will provide leadership, management, and coordination of the Special School District program throughout the district.

“Katy has been able to build relationships with staff, students, and parents over the past three years. This will be an invaluable asset during her transition into this new role during an unprecedented time in education. Her substantial background in special education and first-hand experience with continuous improvement will make her a natural fit with the district leadership team,” said Dr. Travis Bracht, superintendent. “She has already been a valuable member of our team as a lead teacher, and brings not only her experience but a vision for how our SSD program can grow and evolve to meet the needs of our students.”

Meers has served as a lead special education teacher for SSD in the Affton School District since 2017. In addition to her leadership experience, Meers has served as a special education teacher for 13 years prior. She earned a bachelor of science in education at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., a master of arts in education as well as a specialist degree in special education administration from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. 

“I am excited to continue to serve the Affton School District students, families, and staff,” said Meers. “I grew up in Affton and there is no place I’d rather be. When I came back to Affton in 2017, I never dreamt it would feel so much like coming home. Affton is a special place where we work together to individualize learning to meet the needs of all students, regardless of their ability level.  I can’t wait to see what we continue to do together.” 

Meers and her husband, Ryan, live in Chesterfield with their three children, Braden, 11, Chase, 9, and Addison, 6.  She and her family enjoy taking hikes and going to the movies.

Meers will begin serving as Director of Special Education on July 1. She replaces Marie Burke, who announced her retirement earlier this year.
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