Parent Mentor: Tisha Eisenhuth
The Ohio Parent Mentor Project was started in 1991. Parent Mentors are found in schools all across the state and have one very important thing in common - they are all parents of children with disabilities and have first hand experience with their own school districts and communities. Promoting partnerships between parents and educators is the common goal of every Parent Mentor Project. In their dual role as consultant and parent, mentors work to encourage continuous, positive communication between parents and educators.
(Parent Mentors work during the school calendar year)
What is the job of a Parent Mentor?
Guides & Supports
A Parent Mentor can help translate special education policies and procedures into understandable language for families and guide them through the special education process upon request. This includes assessment, evaluation, and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The Parent Mentor also serves as a "listening ear" for parents and staff and if problems do arise, works to resolve differences through consultation and conflict resolution while maintaining a positive, collaborative focus on the student. Assistance is free of charge to families, as the Ohio Department of Education provides funding for Parent Mentor projects to school districts through grants.
Promotes Educational & Community Partnerships
The Parent Mentor works with school administration and teachers to collaborate, discuss and plan for special education services/programs, as well as team up with community organizations and agencies to help provide opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in recreational and social activities.
Check out this brief video, "Parent Mentor Explained":