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Turner Selected as Clayton Partner District Director

April 25, 2024 - The Special School District Board of Education has appointed Johnicka Turner as the School District of Clayton Partner District Director, effective July 1. Turner's journey with SSD began in 2008 as a special education teacher in the Lindbergh School District. She then transitioned into a special education coordinator role, overseeing special education in Lindbergh until 2022, and Ladue through the present, supporting a team of 45 staff members.

Turner has demonstrated she is highly skilled in collecting and analyzing meaningful data to inform her decision making and problem-solving approach. As a coordinator, she supervised, observed, and evaluated staff while providing professional development, support, and coaching. Her collaborative efforts with districts, families, and stakeholders have created inclusive learning environments.

“Joining Clayton School District as director of special education is an honor. I'm thankful for the chance to serve students, families, and staff and contribute to the district's values of excellence, inclusion, trust, accountability, and innovation,” said Turner.

Turner holds a Master of Arts in Special Education and an Education Specialist degree from Webster University. She is a K-12 certified teacher, principal, and special education administrator.