Parent Mentors

Each local parent mentor grant site is a collaboration among agencies, such as, school districts or special education cooperatives and not-for-profit parent or disability groups. Through grant funding, each local team employs one or more parents of children with disabilities as Parent Mentors. At this time, the grant funding is committed, so there are no new grant funds available. If you would like to start a parent mentor program locally, as a volunteer within your school district, we have created the Parent Liaison program.

Roles of Parent Mentors

Current Parent Mentors

map.gifThe Parent Mentors and their locations are listed below. Click on a name or a pin on the map for more information.

(East Central Illinois)
Susan Hans (North Suburban)
Marilyn Hartwell (Southern Illinois)
Leslie Keller (Central Illinois)
Peggy Mueller (Belleville)
Tammy Riddell (Freeport)
Patricia Luzadder(Chicago Public)
Cindy Belleque (Northwest Illinois)




Latest News

ESEA/NCLB Conference Chicago

February 2014

Parent Leadership Concurrent Session presentation & handouts


Partnership Exploration Webinar

To view the video of this webinar click here.  For a PDF version of the presentation click here.  The handouts for the presentation are:


Indicator 8 Parent Webinar Series :


Parent Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois available here.

Illinois Student Record Keeper available here

Common Core Standards links under Resources Page. Click here to go directly to Common Core Resources.

District Special Education Profile Link available here

School, District, and State Report Card Link available here