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Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Janell Hantel

Janell volunteers at least three days per week at the school, either in classrooms or the office, as well as serving on the ECEAP Parent Advisory Council.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Keoki Kauanoe

Keoki has shown remarkable courage, strength, and empathy as he has inspired many, many men to to do better in their role as fathers.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Sabin Hogue

Sabin is intrinsically in-tune with the unique strengths and needs of her children, holds high expectations, but meets each child at the their current level.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Beth Schubert

Beth has a constant positive spirit, never-ending creativity and boundless energy that she willingly shares with all who come into contact with her. To know her is to call her friend, and we all need more friends like Beth.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Henrietta Price

Mrs. Price is a Seattle great-grandmother still involved in her community as a concerned grandmother to all the children and parents of the Leschi school community.

Roo’s World of Discovery offers big fun, low-sensory play

All children are welcome at Roo’s World, which opened in October, but the low-sensory environment especially benefits children who might struggle in conventional playground settings.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Joanne Coriell

Joanne and all of this family have for many years taken in foster children and adopted a number of them that have been in high risk situations, injured by others and most often are special needs children.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Kristina Wendorf

Kristina helps parents raising deaf and hard of hearing children navigate how to advocate for their children, educates parents on deaf and hard of hearing issues, and provides emotional support for parents who are struggling to cope with their child's diagnosis.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Vallerie Fisher

Vallerie Fisher is an Unsung Hero because by day she is a family support worker with Seattle Public Schools, and by night a widowed mother of five daughters; three she birthed, two adopted.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Monty Richman

Monty is a true hero because he has stepped up to provide a stable second parental figure for his grandchild, Kimber.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Joyce Mallinger

Joyce's encouragement of relative caregivers has been monumental. She always arrives with a smile, a calmness, and quiet reassurance. [she has ...] served 100's of grandparents and relative caregivers along the way.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Carrie Fannin

As a parent of a child with Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Carrie Fannin is a strong advocate for vulnerable children and a successful community mobilizer.

Debunking stranger danger, but maintaining boundaries

How to empower kids to set boundaries for themselves – while also recognizing the value of building community.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Chandra Reeves

Even after experiencing several tragedies within her family, Unsung Hero Chandra Reeves has shown resilience and a determination to keep her family strong and her culture an integral part of their lives.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Teresa Garcia

The reason I am nominating Mrs. Garcia, is because she is an example for all parents in our school, community and in the state of Washington.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Yvette Dear

I first met Yvette when I was facilitating a Family Readiness Group meeting as president of the USS Pennsylvania Blue Family Readiness Group (FRG), when her husband had just transferred from a different boat (submarine) to the Penn. The Family Readiness Group (FRG) is a command-supported organization whose sole purpose is to provide emotional support during the Sailor's time in the command.
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