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Parent Mentor Program

THE Mission of the olentangy schools parent mentor program

The mission of our Parent Mentors program is to provide support and resources to families of children with special needs and the professionals who serve them.

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Parent Mentor Project Flyer from the Ohio Department of Education

What is a Parent Mentor?

A Parent Mentor is a free support provided by the district to parents of children with special needs or children who are suspected of having special needs. A Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with special needs who acts as a bridge between home and school to support meaningful collaboration.

What does a Parent Mentor Do?

Olentangy Schools Parent Mentors provide the following services for you and your family:

  • Provide information about special education programs (preschool, school age and transition into adult life) offered by Olentangy Schools.
  • Explain the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and the parents’ role in the development of the IEP. They are familiar with the process; they’ve been through it.
  • Organize and conduct workshops, and support groups for parents and professionals.
  • Connect parents and professionals with community resources as well as the Parent Mentor Library, which includes print materials on a wide variety of topics, available for loan to parents and professionals.

Fran Gardner
Parent Mentor for Middle School & High School families
Phone:  (614) 332-6868
Fran Gardner Bio


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Anne Pistone
Parent Mentor for Preschool & Elementary families
Phone:  (614) 332-5269
Anne Pistone Bio