At the regular monthly meeting on Dec. 15, the Lincoln County R-III Board of Education unanimously approved the promotion of Dr. Kelly Groeber to Director of Student Services.
Dr. Groeber will assume her new role, following the retirement of Dr. Kevin Conner, and will begin her new duties on July 1.
“The Director of Student Services has the ability to influence positive educational and community experiences for all aged individuals with varying abilities and their families. I am honored to have the opportunity to fill that role for our school district,” Groeber said. “I look forward to helping guide and support teachers and parents in using best practices to educate and nurture their students and children in their least restrictive environment.”
This position is responsible for the overall management of the administrative functions of student services within the Lincoln County R-III School District, in direct support of the school district’s mission and vision. This position oversees the administration of numerous programs including Special Education, Health Services, Gifted, Latchkey, Early Childhood Education, Parents as Teachers and Homebound Instruction.
Additionally, this position serves as the District’s Homeless Coordinator, Foster Care Liaison, Title IX Coordinator and Discrimination/Harassment Compliance Officer for students.
Of Dr. Groeber’s twenty years in education, she has served LCR3 School District for sixteen of those years. Six years were spent in the classroom teaching special education and third-grade and another ten as the Principal of the Early Childhood Education Center.
Dr. Groeber also served the MoVIP program in Jefferson City for three years as an elementary administrator and the Director of Student Services. While at LCR3, Dr. Groeber and her staff have grown the early childhood program from 45 students to 250 students. She was instrumental in securing funding for the current Early Childhood Education Center facility, and provided guidance and leadership to the Parents as Teachers Program that resulted in a Blue Ribbon distinction.
Dr. Groeber received her bachelor’s degree in special education and elementary education from Lindenwood University. She continued, earning her master’s degree in education with a focus on autism and a specialist degree in administration both from the University of Missouri and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Missouri Baptist University.