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Blevins Principal Dr. Hector Ramirez Earns SSD Distinguished Leadership Award

Blevins Principal Dr. Hector Ramirez Earns SSD Distinguished Leadership Award

Blevins Elementary Principal Dr. Hector Ramirez is one of this year's three recipients of the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Special School District (SSD) of St. Louis County.

The award is divided into three categories — SSD administrators within SSD buildings, SSD administrators in partner districts and non-SSD administrators in partner districts — and celebrates leaders whose unwavering care, courage and compassion provide SSD staff with guidance and support. 

Distinguished Leadership Award recipients' outstanding dedication has significantly impacted SSD students, staff, families and the wider community.

"Dr. Ramirez has a profound respect for special education staff, evidenced by his active participation in Special Education Team PLCs and his dedication to addressing concerns and providing accommodations for students and families," Rockwood special education administrator Shauna Carney said in an SSD release. "His leadership extends to coaching and developing staff, including paraprofessionals, and his proactive approach to crisis management ensures a supportive environment for all. He collaborates with various professionals to provide ongoing training opportunities, promotes inclusive programs like the Special Olympics and Best Buddies and implements initiatives such as dedicated therapy spaces and MTSS structures, all aligned with SSD's core values of equity, commitment and collaboration.

"Viewed as the heart of the school community, Dr. Ramirez's inclusive leadership style and dedication to SSD's mission make him a deserving recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award."

Ramirez is in his third year as principal at Blevins. Prior to that, he worked as Kehrs Mill Elementary assistant principal for two years, an elementary principal in the Northwest School District and an assistant principal at Stanton Elementary, where he began his teaching career. Under his leadership, Blevins was recertified as a Missouri School of Character in January, making it one of 15 schools in the state to earn School of Character status for 2024.

Ramirez and his fellow Distinguished Leadership Award recipients will be honored at the SSD Salutes Awards & Retirement Banquet on April 17.

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