Greetings Carnahan Families:
By this letter I am introducing myself as your Family & Community Specialist as of November 2019. I am the mother of four wonderful children who also attend schools within the SLPS District. Prior to joining SLPS, I was a Behavior Health Utilization Management Rep at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Working four 12-hour days a week, I completed intake for Anthem patients being admitted into a behavior health facility. I found myself often exhausted and never having enough time to be with my children. With all of that in mind, I began looking for positions that would allow me the flexibility to be with my children more. A friend of mine suggested I apply to SLPS, which offered an abundance of opportunities, schedule flexibility, and experience. I applied for every open position that fit my background. The summer of 2018 I received a call for an interview with Soldan High School and got the job as their Clerk Typist; I was ecstatic and so was my family.
As the Clerk Typist I was the first point of contact, so I was able to engage and bonds with the parents and students. As a parent myself, I knew the importance of relationship building, engagement, and making families not only feel involved, but also become involved. I wanted to be able to do more to assist parents and families, so I began to research positions within the SLPS pertaining to engagement and involvement. I found what would best fit me mirroring the description of a Family & Community Specialist.
As Carnahan’s Family & Community Specialist my goals are to help strengthen family practices, student development, and school programs. I am committed to providing parents with knowledge and understanding of federal, state, and SLPS policies, as well as making sure Carnahan follows policies and remains compliant. I believe in promoting effective communication between school and home, by recruiting and organizing support of parental involvement, providing information and presenting ideas to enhance learning at home. I encourage parents to become leaders and representatives within the school’s decision-making process. Parental and student voices are greatly needed. I also work closely with community resources, to identify and integrate ways to improve school programs, family practices, and student development.
If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at 314-457-0582 Ext. 24821 an by email Darniece.Sykes@slps.org or please do not hesitate to stop by my office Room 131J.
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