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Parent Mentor

What is a Parent Mentor?

Parent mentors provide information and support to families of children with disabilities and their school districts. A parent mentor works to support the relationship between the school and the family of a child with a disability.
 Parent Mentor guides families through the Special Education process by: 
  • Helping families understand their rights and responsibilities,
  • Attending the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) Meetings and other meetings at the request of families or staff. 
  • Listening to and supporting both family and educators on an individual basis, 
  • Providing information and resources to families and schools, 
  • Hosting information sessions, support/networking groups or training programs for families and educators, 
  • Engaging community service agencies and other resources to support families and schools,
  • Connecting families, schools and community partners to benefit students with special needs. 
Below is the contact information for our region's parent mentors. 

Coshocton County Parent Mentor

Staci Berry


Coshocton City, Ridgewood Local, River View Local Schools

740-622-0211 ext. 1153

East Holmes Local School District

Heather Hutchison
East Holmes Local Schools
330-345-6771 x 263

Edison Local School District Parent Mentor

Vicki Deel-Lezon


Edison Local Schools

419-627-3900 x 3951

Guernsey and Monroe County Parent Mentor

Tonya Buchanan

 Serves Cambridge City, Rolling Hills Local, East Guernsey Local and Switzerland of Ohio.

740-439-3558 ext. 242

[email protected]

Guernsey and Monroe County Mentors

Mindy Schwendeman
Ohio Valley ESC
Cambridge City, Rolling Hills Local, and East Guernsey Local Schools

Travis Williams
Ohio Valley ESC
Cambridge City, Rolling Hills Local, and East Guernsey Local Schools

Jefferson County Parent Mentor

Angelita Forté

Serves Steubenville City Schools


[email protected]

Muskingum, Morgan, and Perry County Parent Mentor

Krisa Rhodes


East Muskingum Local, West Muskingum Local, Maysville Local, Franklin Local, Tri-Valley Local, Zanesville City, Crooksville, New Lexington, and Morgan

740-452-4518, ext. 1141

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)

Martha Lause'
Guernsey County Schools

844-382-5452 ext. 20

Marbella Ca'ceres
Spanish Speaking Latino Families in Guernsey County

844-382-5452 ext. 26

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