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Parent Mentors


The Parent Mentors are not employed by the State Support Team but do work collaboratively with the State Support Team, parents and school districts to improve the quality of education for children with disabilities. Parent Mentors are supported by grants from the Ohio Department of Education and employed by a school district or Educational Service Center.

The role of the parent mentor is to guide families through the special education process. This process includes clarifying parents’ rights and responsibilities; to provide information and resources to families and school personnel on education laws, district programs and services, and community resources; to attend Individual Education Program meetings and other meetings, at the request of the parents and/or school staff; and to build collaborative partnerships between families, schools and community agencies for the purpose of benefiting students with disabilities.

The decision to be involved in the Parent Mentor Program is left to each individual school district. The districts that are served by Parent Mentors in our region are listed on the right.

If you need Parent Mentor assistance and your district does not belong to the Parent Mentor Program, you should contact the 
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities.


Director of Special Education Services
440.324.5777 x1132


Amherst, Avon Lake, Columbia, Lorain City, Midview, N. Ridgeville, Oberlin
Kendis Bender
440.324.5777 x1167

Bellevue, Elyria, Firelands, Keystone, Monroeville, Norwalk, Sheffield-Sheffield Lake, Wellington
440.324.5777 x1166

Edison, Huron, Margaretta, Perkins, Sandusky, Vermilion 
419.627.3900  x3951