Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Stacey Tracy promoted to Joplin R-8 Director of Special Education

(From Joplin Schools)

We are proud to announce the promotion of Stacey Tracy as Joplin Schools' next Director of Special Education.

Stacey has served as the interim director since January 2024. She has previously served as the Assistant Director of Special Education and a Process Coordinator in Joplin Schools. She also worked as a Special Education Teacher and department head, Assistant Principal, and Director of Special Education at Neosho School District.

An alumna of MSSU with a Bachelor of Elementary Education and Special Education, Stacey received a Master of Science in Secondary Administration from William Woods University in 2006, and an Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Superintendency from Southwest Baptist University in 2012.

Stacey has presented both nationally and at the state level on behalf of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She has also been a presenter at the International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities on behalf of the Council for Exceptional Children.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They announced this internally yesterday, and those in the department were visibly excited to get the news. Stacey is one of my all-time favorite human beings. I knew her back when I lived in Neosho, and I actually ended up working with her for a few years there, before she moved to the Joplin district. She is a fierce advocate for individuals who have disabilities, and she is relentless. It's also a massive win for SPED staff across the district. For the first time in ages they have someone who has done what they do, and understands what those positions demand. There are times when I have absolutely no clue what the district is doing when it comes to staffing, but they absolutely got this one right.