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Posted on September 6, 2013, by GAPMP
Ever wonder what the parent mentors who have been Phil Pickens Award recipients accomplished since winning their recognition? So did we and here is a brief update on three of the previous winners that we were able to catch up with before this year’s winners are announced.
Scott Crain 2008 Winner
Still Serving as Hall County Parent Mentor
Scott Crain and the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership (GaPMP) have grown together. For over 10 years, he has helped guide and train countless families in his school district. He has also worked hard outside of his school district, serving the as the chair of the GaPMP Leadership Council.
Scott is also one of the few dads who serve as mentors, and he often reminds the majority of moms in the group of a dad’s perspective on family engagement.There is another distinguishing mark in Scott Crain’s career as a parent mentor. He was the first parent mentor to receive the GaPMP Phil Pickens Award when he was honored in 2008.
Recently, he took a few moments out of his busy schedule to reflect on how his work as a parent mentor has evolved since then. “ I was just beginning Project Search when I won the Phil Pickens Award. We have grown quite a bit since that time. Now we are doing a futures plan for every student … we make copies of it so the student can look at it every day and that is what becomes their goal sheet for the year. Having the picture of it there so they can see how they are doing is so helpful.”
Crain also continues to be active statewide in various leadership and advocacy efforts. Often, those efforts tie into his work on late transition planning. “I work with All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) to host a ‘Conversations That Matter’ in Hall County every year. This year’s event, scheduled for October 3, 2013 will focus on Transition Employment. (Follow the link below to learn more about this event)
He also serves on the newly organized Advisory Council for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and has also taken on the reins as coordinator of Hall County Special Olympics. This year, the team is launching a Unified Kayak team.
Pam Moore: 2012 Winner
Still Serving as Parent Mentor in Madison County
I’m working on transition. Currently, I am repeating regional transition consortia work and starting a new project with a group of middle school parents. I’m focusing on a small group parents whose (former ASPIRE) students will make the 8th-9th grade transition in the next 2 years. I’m working with the curriculum director, assistant superintendent, middle school counselor and middle school principal to see how the BRIDGE work and ASPIRE principles overlap and hope to expand this year’s work to include all middle school students with IEPs.
Tracy Barber: 2010 winner
Still Serving as Parent Mentor in Seminole County
I am focusing on transition by providing work experiences for students who will not receive a regular diploma. I have students that are transported from school to different businesses for 3 segments each day for work. It is our hope that by gaining real life work ethics that they will have a greater chance of getting employed after graduation. It is my job to recruit businesses to allow our students to work there to gain experience. What I do is talk to the transition coordinator who gives me an idea of the student’s strengths and try to match jobs that way. Of course living in a small town, this is not always easy.