Parent Mentor Program

Bexley's Parent Mentor is available to support the families of children with special needs from ages three through high school graduation. The Parent Mentor project is funded by the Ohio Department of Education with additional funding from the Adam Stuart Linhart Foundation.

What does a Parent Mentor Do?

  • Guides families through the special education process and helps them understand their rights and responsibilities;
  • Listens and supports families and teachers on an individual basis;
  • Provide information and resources to families and schools . This includes education laws, district programs, and community services ;
  • Attend IEP meetings and other education-related meetings at parent or staff request;
  • Partners with the Special Education PTO (SEPTO) to organize information sessions for families;
  • Make resource materials available to families and teachers from the Adam Stuart Linhart Memorial Resource Library
All services are provided at no cost.

Parent Mentor

Rachael Holland is the Parent Mentor for Special Education in Bexley City Schools.  She has a B.A. in Psychology from Ithaca College.  Prior to this position, she served as a nonprofit community organizer in Ohio and surrounding states until the birth of her oldest son.  She currently volunteers as a Surrogate Parent for special needs foster children and serves as the volunteer coordinator for the Montrose PTO. Rachael is the proud mom of two amazing kids.