1. Adriana Bonilla – Urban Park Elementary, Dallas ISD
2. Carole Bagnoche – Cable Elementary, Northside ISD
3. Martin Hernandez –Urban Park Elementary, Dallas ISD
a href=”http://parentsstepahead.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/DonnaLewisC.jpg”>4. Donna Lewis – Secondary Reassignment Center, Irving ISD
Teacher Ambassadors Program
In 2009, Parents Step Ahead in partnership with Educational Testing Service developed an outreach component consisting of teachers and school staff serving as “Ambassadors” who will actively pursue parents who have never participated in their children’s school activities or visited their schools. Our Teacher Ambassadors are local teachers, randomly selected through a nomination process, who are offered professional development and training opportunities to enhance their ability to create strong partnerships with parents. We know that strong partnerships between teachers and parents results in greater academic success for children. Our Teacher Ambassadors have worked tirelessly throughout the year to strengthen these ties. Our reward to them for their hard work is a professional development trip to Washington D.C. where they have an opportunity to speak with industry leaders about the trends, challenges and opportunities teachers are faced with in preparing our young people for the workforce.
About Parents Step Ahead
Since 2006, Parents Step Ahead, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, has devoted itself “to recognize, educate, enable and empower parents to take a proactive role in the educational and personal development of their children.” The organization works in partnership with school districts, corporations and community organizations to offer a series of school-based programs for parents of all backgrounds throughout the school calendar year. Educators, motivational speakers, community volunteers and parenting experts present seminars on topics such as gang awareness, drug use prevention, underage drinking, computer literacy, Internet safety, raising kids with love and logic, and health and financial issues.