Monday, October 17, 2016

NYSPEP Strong Roots - Presenters and Panelists - Rochester

New York State Parenting Education Partnership is pleased to announce our confirmed presenters and panelists for the Strong Roots Last a Lifetime training institute "Helping Parents Prepare Young Children for School Success" in Rochester, NY on Friday, November 04, 2016. This one-day training is designed for parenting educators and professionals who support parents / primary caregivers in their role of nurturing children.

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Advance registration is required and closes at 5:00 pm on October 24. 


Judy Wolf
Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga County (ret.)
Judy Wolf, serves on NYSPEP's Steering and Executive Committees and is Co-chair of the Credential Workgroup. She also has served on the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) Council. A retired Extension Team Leader for the Family Development Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County, she led a variety of programs from parenting skills workshops and home visits. Under her leadership, CCE Tioga has helped to define the Family Resource Center and supported others in implementing that model. 


Panel Moderator

Hillside Children's Center

Alice McAdam the Program Manager for Parents As Teachers at Hillside Children's Center.

Master Cadre Pyramid Model Trainer

Ellen Leopold, MS.Ed.
Children's Institute

Ellen Leopold a supports parents, grandparents, and teachers in identifying practices and strategies to support preschoolers' healthy social emotional development as a Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Consultant for Children's Institute. She has worked in education for more than 30 years and has consulted with Rochester city elementary, preschools, and day care centers on implementing the evidence-based PATHS and PATHS Preschool. She is a certified Pyramid Model trainer and coach under Aspire's New York Works for Children.

Regional Special Education - Technical Assistance Support Center (RSE-TASC) Behavior Specialist

Megan King
Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (RSE-TASC)
Megan King is a preschool behavior specialist with the Western region RSE-TASC. She works with preschools on utilizing evidence-based practices to promote social emotional competence in children. She has been in the education world for over 13 years, with a wide variety of experience and age ranges. Megan received her Master's degree in Special Education at Canisius College. She has a total of five teaching certifications in both general and special education. 

NYSPEP Credentialed Parenting Educator

Kara Georgi, NYSPEP-CPE
New York State Community Cafes Parent Leader
Kara Georgi is a NYSPEP Credentialed Parenting Educator, Certified Protective Factors Trainer, NYS Community Cafes Parent Leader, and Co-chair of the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council. Kara is also a Certified Teacher for Pre-K-6.

Child Care Resource & Referral Representative (CCR&R)

Carla Hibbard
Child Care Aware of Steuben and Schuyler

Carla Hibbard, Director of Child Care Aware of Steuben and Schuyler, manages a $1.5 million budget and staff of 17 to improve the quality, availability, affordability, and accessibility of child care. Previously, Carla worked as a Head Start Family Worker / Resource Advocate and as a Child and Adult Care Food Program Training Coordinator. She also coordinated professional training programs for Corning Incorporated, a Fortune 500 company. Carla serves on the NYS Early Care & Learning Council, Steuben County's Integrated Planning, and the Government Affairs Councils for Watkins Glen and Corning Chamber of Commerce.

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