My name is Stacey Hartwig and I am the Parent Mentor for Coventry Local School District. I have lived in the district for 21 years and I have 2 sons that attend Coventry Schools and one who graduated in 2015! As a parent of multiple children with disabilities, I can help you with my knowledge of how the special education system works and with firsthand knowledge of parenting a child with special needs.
I am here to listen and provide support to all families that receive special services. I am also available to attend IEP or other meeting with parents and educational staff as needed. My goal is to facilitate positive parent/professional relationships within Coventry Schools. Please note that I work part-time, if you are unable to reach me please leave a message or send me an email and I will get back to you ASAP. See below for a more detailed description of the Parent Mentors of Ohio (PMO).
Ohio's Parent Mentor Program
DefinitionA Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability employed by the local education agency to help school districts and families by providing training, support, and information services.
The mission of the Parent Mentors of Ohio (PMO) is to provide the necessary support and resources, free of charge, to families of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them.
Vision StatementDistricts have a responsibility to develop, support and implement a system of education services for all students. The basis of the Parent Mentor Program is the expectation that students with disabilities be ensured an appropriate and meaningful education when parents and educators communicate effectively and operationalize the partnership planning required by IDEA. Districts choose to implement the Parent Mentor Program to promote this necessary and effective communication by providing information and support to families about special education issues and by providing a mechanism to convey the family perspective back to the system.
No Cost For Services
All parent mentor services are free of charge to families. The Ohio Department of Education provides the funds for Ohio Parent Mentor projects.
What does a parent mentor do?
- Guide families through the special education process;
- Helps families understand their rights and responsibilities;
- Provides information and resources to families and the child's schools. This includes education laws and district programs.
- Engages community services and other resources to support schools and families;
- Attends Individualized Education Program meetings and other meetings at parent or staff request;
- Listens and supports families and the child's teachers on an individual basis;
- Hosts information sessions or workshops for families and professionals;
- Connects families, schools and community to benefit students with disabilities.
To access the Parent Mentors of Ohio website, go to: http://www.ocecd.org/