Pam Moore knows firsthand what a parent, especially with the help of other parents, can accomplish by being engaged in a child’s educaton.
November is Parent Engagement Month in Georgia, and Madison County, along with other school systems around the state are highlighting the role parents play in a student’s education.
When Moore took on the job of parent mentor coordinator for student services (formerly special education services) for Madison County in 2003, she brought a lot of first-hand experience to the job. Like her boss, student services director Joan Baird, she is also a parent of a special needs child. And also like Baird, she is an educator.
Until 1995 when her daughter Callie was born with cerebral palsy, Moore worked as a high school language arts teacher in nearby Franklin County.
Suddenly thrust into the world of raising a child with many serious health issues (Callie, now 17, also suffers seizures and a myriad of other health issues in addition to cerebral palsy), Moore began to make contact with educators and especially with other parents to help her learn how to meet her daughter’s many needs.
“I learned early on the value of networking,” she said.
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