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.
The new “parent mentor” position was already in the works well before Covid-19 shut down Boardman school buildings along with all schools across Ohio. 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
While no school district could have anticipated the world changes of the last few weeks--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--remotely.
“The Department of Student Services and the District are extremely grateful to have Mrs. Jenkins as a resource during these uncertain times. She has already hit the ground running by reaching out to families not only about special education facilitation, but to also assess what community resources might be needed during the mandated closure,” said Fallo.
Jenkins may be reached by email at email@example.com and by phone at 330-531-5153