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Lebanon Parent Mentor Program

Amy Combs

Amy Combs, Parent Mentor

Amy is participating in her 50th school year within Lebanon City Schools. It began as a kindergartener, at the old white academy building. She graduated from Lebanon High School and left for 4 years to attend Miami University where she received her Bachelor’s in Education. In 1983 she began her career as a second-grade teacher at Dunlavy Elementary (now the bus garage) working with typical students as well as special needs students. Sixteen years later, Amy became a district Instructional Leader, writing curriculum, and mentoring teachers. Later she went back into a third grade teaching position and then served as a Title 1 Reading teacher and now is serving as the Parent Mentor.

During those 37 years, Amy married Mark who had full custody of 4 children. They became foster parents. Amy called Mark from school one day and said, “Is it ok if I bring home a couple of boys from school who are going to have to go into the foster care system?” And she did! Mark and Amy adopted 3 more children through the system. Of her seven children, some are white, some black, some are typical students and some have special needs.  Being a lifelong resident of Lebanon she has established strong connections with community services such as the YMCA, Children’s Services, Kinship Mentoring, and faith-based services and supports. Amy is and continues to be the biggest asset to the Parent Mentor Project within Lebanon City Schools.

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