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Parent Mentor Program

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 Parent Mentor:  Tisha Eisenhuth
                                                                                                                   Phone:  330-486-2289
Twitter:  @TParentMentor

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":


Family Support

Providing assistance and support to families of children and youth with disabilities is an essential element of the work of the Parent Mentor.  Research has shown when families are involved in their child's education, students are more successful. The Parent Mentor offers educational resources and opportunities throughout the school year for families so they can become active participants in their child's educational career.  Listed below are just a few family resources.  Further information on disabilities, special education laws/regulations, and other issues of concern to parents are available by email or phone. 

Upcoming Trainings & Events


SST8 Parent Access Collaborative (PAC):  

October 20- Dyslexia- Learn about communication strategies, Dyslexia vs. Dysgraphia, as well as accommodations and opportunities for independence through Assistive Technology.

Please RSVP for meetings at

November 10- Charting the LifeCourse- Explores a framework and identify tools to help organize ideas for a good life and goals.  This is for ALL individuals across All ages and abilities.

State Support Team Region 8 (SST8) is an agency extension of the Ohio Department of Education offering regional services provided for Summit, Medina and Portage Counties.  For more information and support resources, visit

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) - Parent Mentors in Ohio receive continuing education and training from OCECD. For additional information on special education and resources, visit


Short Special Education Videos

Postsecondary Transition

Special Ed Jargon

IEP Overview

IEP Meeting Tips