Ariel Jenkins is a Boardman parent of two spartans and the District’s new Parent Mentor. Her job is to provide free support and resources to Spartan families of children with disabilities.
“Mrs. Jenkins is energetic and smart, with a great sense of humor and more than anything, a great empathy and understanding that our families are sure to appreciate,” said Student Services Director Katie Fallo.
Boardman was awarded a $25,000 grant in February from the Ohio Department of Education to pay for the part- time position--the only district in the Valley to receive one.
Parent mentor duties may include:
-Attending IEP meetings at the request of families
-Hosting informational sessions for families
-Connecting families with local service organizations
-Providing information to families about federal, state, and local special education law and policies
-Sharing special education updates with relevant stakeholders
The parent mentor position is an added help as we try to meet the unique needs of more than 700 children with disabilities and their families.
“The Department of Student Services and the District are extremely grateful to have Mrs. Jenkins as a resource. We are confident that with her help, we will continue to build and maintain trust and transparency with our families," said Fallo.