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Embracing the Power of One: Join Us at the Starfish Awards

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In a testament to the power of leadership and advocacy, the Women Leaders of the Special Education Foundation have meticulously selected the deserving winners of the inaugural Starfish Awards. These remarkable individuals, chosen from across the Special School District and St. Louis County Public School system, embody the spirit of compassion, dedication, and inclusivity that defines our mission at SEF.

Our submitted nominations included not only special education teachers within the Special School District, but many came from retired and active SSD staff, general education teachers, and paraprofessionals. Furthermore, those who submitted these amazing nominations were students, parents, fellow teachers, principals, and district administrators! Each winner has been carefully chosen for their unwavering commitment to fostering an inclusive learning environment and championing the rights of students with special needs.

As we prepare to unveil the names of these shining stars, we invite you to join us in celebrating their extraordinary contributions at the upcoming Starfish Awards ceremony. Our winners will be celebrated in front of community members and leaders, family, friends, and our wonderful SEF supporters and sponsors who help us champion students served by SSD.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 13th, and prepare to be inspired at the prestigious Moneta Pitch Club at CITYPARK Stadium.

Tickets to the Starfish Awards Gala are available now, and we encourage you to secure yours without delay. Join us as we celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our honorees and reaffirm our commitment to creating a more inclusive and compassionate community for all.

We invite you to witness the ripple effect of kindness, compassion, and unwavering commitment. Your presence at the Starfish Awards honors the recipients and amplifies our collective voice in support of inclusive education and equal opportunities for all.

Don't miss the chance to be there, to witness the joy and pride as each of our winners, which could be someone you know, someone whose dedication and impact have touched lives in profound ways, is celebrated on the pitch at CITYPARK.

Purchase your tickets now and join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the extraordinary individuals who make a difference, perhaps even someone you hold dear.

Purchase Your Tickets for the Starfish Awards!

For any questions about purchasing tickets or joining us as a sponsor, visit or contact SEF Events Manager Jill Salinas, or (314) 394-7072.