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DCSD introduces parent liaison

CASTLE ROCK–This week, DCSD introduced Katherine Brown as the new School-Community Partnership Coordinator. Brown’s job is to act as a parent liaison and provide parents with information and support. Brown will also be focused on maximizing parent engagement. 
Based in the DCSD Center for Choice Programming, Brown will work closely with schools and departments across the district to provide parents with information and support. In her first week, Brown has already hit the ground running by meeting with District leaders, talking with parents, and attending  School Accountability Committee (SAC) meetings.
“We know that one of the biggest factors in the success of students is parent involvement,” said Brown.  “I’m excited to work with parents and provide them with the answers and information they need to help their children.”
Brown is a Douglas County resident and parent to a DCSD seventh-grader. She also has an 11-month-old baby. “I moved to Douglas County because of the great schools. I believe in the high quality of education in this district and there is no other place I would rather have my kids attend school.”
Brown has first-hand experience in seeking a unique educational environment for her son. According to her, the process of researching schools and choosing a school that fit his complex requirements was both surprisingly beneficial and overwhelming.  “I want to help parents navigate the system and discover all of the great choices and amazing programs available in our district.”
Kathy Brown and lacrosse playersIn addition to being a parent, Brown is also active in the community and has served as a youth lacrosse coach for four years. While watching many of her local youth players graduate to various DCSD high schools, Brown has been impressed with the number of academic, athletic and extracurricular opportunities that cater to the unique educational needs, natural talents and learning styles of her players.  She is currently Head Coach of the combined Douglas County and Castle View High School Girls Lacrosse team.
“Playing lacrosse is something I always loved as a student,” continued Brown.  “I learned a lot of valuable life lessons on the field and I really enjoy the opportunity to pass along those lessons and as a coach.”
“I have worked with girls who initially struggled with the sport and their place on the team. We worked on building confidence and handling adversity,” explained Brown. “’Play your game’ has become a coaching mantra for more than lacrosse. It reminds the girls that when faced with a difficult situation on the field or in life, go back to their unique strengths and use them to successfully work through tough problems.”
“The District Accountability Committee (DAC) is excited to work with Katherine to increase parent engagement at the school level,” said Becky Barnes, District Accountability Committee (DAC) Chair. “We will be working to expand communication through the School Accountability Committees (SAC) to give parents the opportunity to become more involved in decisions that impact their children’s education.”

Brown knows parents are one of the most important components to student success.  “I recognize the importance of parents, students and community members in building a strong educational environment geared toward the unique needs of families,” continued Brown. “Supporting and equipping parents through that process is vital to the development of children as students and citizens in the community and I look forward to the opportunity to help in any way I can.”
Brown can be reached at kathy.brown[at]dcsdk12[dot]org.

April 15, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Choice Programming

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