Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Former Joplin R-8 teacher-counselor Meghan Klosterman to return as special education director

(From Joplin Schools)

We are very pleased to announce that Ms. Meghan Klosterman will be joining the Joplin Schools team as Director of Special Education. She will direct, coordinate, and supervise the district’s special education services.

Serving students in Southwest Missouri for over thirteen years, Ms. Klosterman has a long history of dedication and commitment to the district and community. She began her career in education as a teacher at Emerson Elementary for Joplin Schools. She also served the district as a counselor at Royal Heights, McKinley, and Duquesne. Her current role as a school psychologist is with the Webb City School District.

Sandra Cantwell, Executive Director for Student Services, stated, “Ms. Klosterman’s experience as an educator has afforded her the opportunity to develop a skill set that makes her uniquely qualified to work in the capacity of Special Education Director for Joplin Schools.

"What came through loud and clear during the interview was her passion for keeping the best interest of students at the forefront, her knowledge of the special education process, the ability to participate as a skilled collaborator, and her excellent communication skills.

"We have full confidence that Ms. Klosterman’s depth of knowledge and experience, as well as
her dedication to preparing students for success, will move us forward in our commitment to
raise expectations and improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities."

Klosterman earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri Southern State
University, a master’s degree in counseling from Pittsburg State University, a specialist degree
in school psychology from Pittsburg State University, and is currently working toward a
doctorate in educational leadership through William Woods University.

Ms. Klosterman will begin her role as Special Education Director on July 1, 2019. She will be
replacing current Special Education Director, Janet Earl.

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