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Introducing B.J. Wiemer as LASE Specialized Education’s New Program Administrator
LASE Specialized Education is delighted to announce B.J. Wiemer as the new Program Administrator. With her extensive experience and unwavering dedication to serving unique learners, B.J. brings a wealth of expertise and a deep commitment to fostering academic excellence in specialized education. She will be utilizing her knowledge and expertise to develop new programmatic initiatives for the students, families and schools LASE serves, while assisting in expansion efforts to further impact children with special learning needs.
B.J.’s educational journey reflects her passion for supporting students with diverse needs. She began her academic pursuit at Parkway North Senior High in St. Louis, where she nurtured her love for learning and teaching. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from the prestigious Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, laying a strong foundation for her career in special education. Building upon her undergraduate studies, B.J. further honed her skills by obtaining a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her thirst for knowledge led her to pursue a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Louis University, solidifying her expertise in designing effective educational programs.
For 18 years, B.J. served as a Special Educator in Special School District, where she made a significant impact on the lives of countless students. At Kirk Day School, B.J. initiated and developed the special education program, serving as its Director for 19 years. During her tenure, she pioneered services for early childhood and twice-exceptional students, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to meeting the unique needs of every learner.
Recognizing the importance of empowering parents, B.J. created a resource lending library and developed informational training programs to equip families with the necessary tools to support their children’s educational journey. Her contributions extended beyond the classroom as she served as the Assistant Head of School and Director of Academics, overseeing curriculum and instruction for five out of her 26 years at Kirk Day School.
B.J.’s also serves as an Adjunct Instructor for special education undergraduate and graduate courses at Missouri Baptist University. She is an esteemed member of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, actively contributing to the local, state, and national boards of directors. Her leadership extends to chairing the International LDA Conference and Conference Program Committees, showcasing her commitment to advancing the field of special education.
In addition to her remarkable professional journey, B.J. is happily married to Jack (43 years in August, 2023), is the mother of three grown daughters, and a proud grandmother of four.
“From the day my son was baptized into the Lutheran Church, I envisioned him attending a Lutheran school. When he was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, I thought that dream had ended. I later discovered LASE services were an option, and my dream came true. Thanks to their support, he has continued to grow in a loving and Christ-centered environment.”
“Special ed kids are as special as all other kids—they just need a little more support. When the expertise of the LASE staff is teamed with our teachers, a strong unit is formed that results in the development of that child’s potential. That is why we need the quality work of LASE staff to continue for our school’s overall success.”
LASE School Principal
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