Taking role July 1, Michael Shelton previously served in same position in South Carolina

Gladstone School District has selected Michael Shelton to become its new director of special services.

On July 1Michael Shelton, Shelton will replace Kelly Welch, who retires as Gladstone's special education leader in June.

Shelton previously served as special education director for the Anderson 4 School District in South Carolina for five years. Prior to that, he served six years in the same role in Michigan's Dearborn School District.

"Michael brings 11 years of highly successful work as a special education director to Gladstone, and we appreciate his work as an advocate for students with disabilities," said Gladstone Superintendent Bob Stewart. "He is skilled and knowledgeable in autism, co-teaching, inclusion and multi-tiered systems of support."

Shelton's early career includes experience as assistant principal at the middle school and high school level, principal of a ninth-grade academy, special education supervisor/coordinator and learning specialist. He holds a master's degree in educational leadership from Wayne State University and a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University.

"I'm excited to be part of the Gladstone team. Improving outcomes for all students, especially students with disabilities, has been my ambition," Shelton said. "I strive to be a servant leader who puts the needs of others first and help my staff to develop and support our students."

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