EMPOWER: A Parent Series @ Medina ESC

EMPOWER is a FREE parent workshop series, developed by the ESC of Medina County designed to foster discussion, collaboration, communication, and the sharing of resources to EMPOWER us all to build positive relationships!

See Flyer Here: EMPOWER_ A Parent Series

September 9, 2019:
Meet our Medina County Parent Mentor
Cheryl Mendel, Parent Mentor

ABA Everyday! Utilizing the Principles of ABA at Home and in School
Rachel Krauss, BCBA; Christina Delaney, BCaBA

October 7, 2019:
Building Positive Relationships with Your School Team
Rachel Krauss, BCBA & Cheryl Mendel, Parent Mentor

November 6, 2019:
Surviving the Holidays! Keeping kids on a routine while home for breaks. Sensory-friendly holiday activities included! Kristin Kitzmiller, BCaBA

January 6, 2020:
Potty Training! Behavior-based tips, tricks, and strategies.
Brittany Theberge, BCBA

February 5, 2020:
The Anxious Child: A guide to understanding how anxiety af ects behavior and ways to cope!   Christina Baker, Behavior Specialist & Rini Ohlemacher, LISW

March 2, 2020:
It’s OK That Your Child is Having a Meltdown! Guiding your child through difficult situations.
Brittany Dominak, Behavior Specialist

May 6, 2020:
Preparing for Summer! Proactive Schedules, Routines, and other tools to help the summer run smoothly.
Lauren Molten Horst, BCaBA

All Series Workshops will take place from 6:00-8:00PM at:
Summa Health Medical Building 3780 Medina Rd. Medina, OH 44256
Education Room (enter in the Emergency Room doors)

To Register, please contact Jennifer Gannon at jgannon@medinaesc.org or 330-723-6393 ext. 125


Special Education Parent Mentor Program

Cloverleaf Local Schools Department of Special Education is pleased to announce a new parent mentor program available for parents of our students with special needs.  The parent mentor service is available through the Educational Service Center of Medina County and is free of charge to families.

Contact Info:

Cheryl Mendel      Cell: 330.421.1475    Email: cmendel@medinaesc.org

Here are a few ways that the parent mentor can support our families of students with special needs:

The Parent Mentor will:
 Provide information, support and resources to families and school staff on education laws, district programs and services and community resources.

 Help parents and staff understand their rights and responsibilities related to Special Education.

 Guide parents through the IEP and Special Education process.

 Listen to concerns and provide support on an individual basis.

 Act as a liaison between the families and school staff

 Attend school and other meetings at parent, staff, or agency request.

 Provide materials to assist parents and professionals.

Click HERE for more information about Cheryl and the parent mentor program.

Parent Transition Academy

Attention all parents of middle & high school students identified with a disability: 

The Medina and Summit County Educational Service Centers are partnering to offer parent support as you begin to think about life for your child beyond high school.  Sessions will be held at Norton High School in October and February and The Achievement Center at the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities in November and January.

Please see link for more details:  Parent Transition Academy



Special Education Instructional Coach

We are excited to announce Kim Manix as our Special Education Instructional Coach! This is a new position to support the entire district’s Special Education Department.

Kim comes to this position with 30 years of experience as an intervention specialist.  Most of her career has been as an intervention specialist at Cloverleaf Middle School.  She has been the Special Education Department Head for grades 6-12, Medina County Teacher of the Year, and a member of the district IEP Compliance Team.

You may see Kim leading district trainings and as a district representative in the district’s special education meetings.  Kim has a wealth of experiences and knowledge and will be a wonderful resource for Cloverleaf’s Special Education Department in her new role.