Special Education

Special Education Staff

Erica Long

Director of Special Services


Catherine Atkins

Process Coordinator


Stephanie Edwards

High School/Junior High Special Education Teacher


Stephanie Steinborn

High School/Junior High Special Education Teacher


Jared Langley

High School/Junior High Special Education Teacher


John Langley

Junior High Special Education Teacher


Andrea Calvert

Ash Grove Elementary Special Education Teacher


Lina Langley

Ash Grove Elementary Special Education Teacher/Early Childhood Special Education


Kristen Norsten

Ash Grove Elementary Special Education Teacher


Statham Ward

Bois D'Arc Elementary Special Education Teacher


MaKenna Johnson

Pre-School Teacher/Early Childhood Special Education



 All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities, who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade.  The Ash Grove R-IV School District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction.  Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay.

 The Ash Grove R-IV School District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri First Steps program.

 The Ash Grove R-IV School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians.   Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child.  Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

 The Ash Grove R-IV School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  This plan contains the agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA).  This plan may be reviewed during regular school hours on days school is in session in the office of the Director of Special Education.

 This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.


In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a meeting to consult with parents about the process to identify children who are parentally placed that might have a disability will be held on October 13, 2023 at 8:00 AM.  During this meeting participants will be asked to provide input about how funds should be allocated for individuals who live in our district and have a disability but do not attend the school. This year’s meeting will be held in the High School Counselor’s Office.