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    The New Special Education Parent Partners Program
    Posted on 09/27/2016
    The Special Education Parent Partners Program is a new approach by Seattle Public Schools to assist parents and guardians of students with an IEP (Individual Education Plan), to navigate SPS, the IEP process, and to access community resources. This program connects trained and experienced Parent Partners with parents and guardians who want support in their child's IEP and special education process. It is the goal of this program to foster an atmosphere of family/professional collaboration in special education in Seattle Public Schools.

    Parent Partners are employees of Seattle Public Schools. They receive 14 hours of training and provide up to 66 hours of service for the 2016-17 school year. We have hired a pool of 12 Special Education Parent Partners who represent SPS families and students across the grade levels, geographic regions, cultural backgrounds, and a wide range of abilities and disabilities.

    To request the services of a Parent Partner or to get more information about the program, contact Margo Siegenthaler, Special Education Ombudsperson at or 206-252-0794.

    Special Education Parent Partners Sept. 2016

    Left to right: Hannah Marzynski (Parent Liaison), Sonia Segovia (Parent Partner), Deborah Alonso (Special Ed Para professional/Interpreter), Ayan Elmi (Parent Partner), Faduma Hirsi (Parent Partner), Kelly Hill (Parent Partner), Michael Chan (Bilingual Enrollment Specialist), Sue Adelman (Parent Partner), Brit Exworthy (Parent Partner), MeiQing Ye (Parent Partner), Jen Guzman (Parent Partner), Katie Weisend (Parent Partner), Patricia Campbell (Interim Supervisor, Special Education), Margo Siegenthaler (Special Education Ombudsperson). Missing from photo: Jenn DiBona (Parent Partner), Michael Cox (Parent Partner), Jennifer Scheuerell (Parent Partner), Hodan Mohamed (Open Doors for Multicultural Families).