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.