A brand new presence at Pleasant Grove Elementary School is Family Resource Center Coordinator Sherry Brown.
Pleasant Grove was the only Bullitt County elementary school without an FRC but, thanks to state funding, now has a coordinator to help eliminate barriers to student learning.
Brown actually serves two elementary facilities. Her schedule is 8:00-11:45 a.m. at Mt. Washington Elementary School followed by 12:15-4:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove.
She worked six years as a preschool teacher for the First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville and in administration for the Academy for Individual Excellence in Louisville, KY.
Her most recent experience has been as Housing Coordinator for AmericCorps and Adult Case Manager for the Severe and Persistent Mentally Ill at Seven Counties Services.
Brown said she was looking for the opportunity to serve local children and their families.
“My fellow FRYSCs have greatly assisted me by introducing me to many of the programs already established to help me become successful in my new position,” she said. “I look forward to being successful in this new position.”
Her short term goal is to build relationships with community providers, school faculty, students and their families.
“My long term goals are to remove the barriers that are keeping our students from being successful in their educational needs,” she said.
Brown is keenly aware of some of those barriers.
“Awareness of early learning for children 2 and 3 years of age, need of positive interaction with high quality mentors, support and resources for kinship caregivers and children and activities for physical and mental health,” she noted.
Due to the drug epidemic in the state of KY and the nation, many students are being cared for by grandparents and other guardians.
“Some of these grandparents and guardians are challenged by financial constraints, health problems, housing issues, legal hassles and educational concerns,” Brown said.
Her telephone number at Mt. Washington is (502) 869-3012 and at Pleasant Grove (502) 869-3412. She can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.