Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

The Lapeer County Intermediate School District Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is a group of educators and parents representing our local school districts. Our primary focus is to stay informed regarding Special Education plans, changes, and current trends in Special Education at the county, state, and federal level. We also assist and promote partnerships among parents and educators that benefit students with disabilities.

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 Your Local Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) Representative

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Almont Community Schools:

 

 


 


  




    


Dryden Community Schools:

“Although I live in Dryden my son attends Almont Schools through the Consortium.  We began in the Early On Program and have been navigating the educational system for 8 years now.  I am available to answer any questions you may have or help you explore opportunities for the benefit of your special needs child.  The PAC is here as a resource for you…don’t hesitate to call on us!”

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  Melanie Starr
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810) 895-6449


 




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mlay City Community Schools:








  





My name is Heather Brown. My husband and I both grew up in Imlay City and are thrilled to be raising our family there as well. We have 3 boys. Our youngest is on the spectrum and started Early‐On when he was 2. We have made great strides and he is now a thriving 1st grader. I will always continue to grow with him and educate myself with any resource I can find. It's a journey that I wouldn't have any other way.

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 Heather Brown
 (810) 614-4746
  








Denise Kipp (Rossen)
(810)-721-1342



L
apeer Community Schools:

Hi, I am 
Kim Hall and I have seven children in Lapeer Community schools. In Elementary School, Middle Schools and the High school.  Some of my children have special needs.  I would like to encourage you to call me if you have any questions.  I know how overwhelming and confusing it can be sometimes to be the parent or caregiver of a special needs individual.  You are NOT alone. Please feel free to call me, I would like to help if I can.  Kindest Regards!! 

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Kim Hall 
  (810) 664-4743

 


 
North Branch Area Schools:

Hello, My name is Rebecca Baksa. I am married to my husband, Brent Baksa, and we have three boys. Our middle son, Jackson is going into the third grade this year and he has cerebral palsy. He has always been in the general education classroom, and we are extremely proud of all that he has accomplished in his young life. My husband and I both teach in North Branch as well. I am the art teacher for grades 5-8, and my husband in a science teacher in the high school. I look forward to helping anyone that I can. I am passionate about helping the kids in our community with "different abilities" and would love assist in any way that I can. 

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  Becky Baksa
 
(989) 245-7308


 















Lapeer County Intermediate School District:

My name is Patricia Smith (Patti) and I have 3  wonderful young adults, one of which is my nephew.  All three are in the Lapeer County school district and have special needs (Fragile X). We moved out to Imlay city coming up on 8 years now. I did work as a medical assistant before moving here. I now am a stay at home mom. 

Although not my career choice the benefits of staying home to raise these crazy, lovable kids far outweighs any career.  I am new to a lot of obstacles that come with special needs territory, like social security, guardianship, placement after high school, etc.  However, I managed to muddle through and I love helping others.  I believe it stems from needing help myself when I was younger.  I too was in special education and struggled my whole school career. It wasn’t until later in life that I learned it was ok to take longer than the person sitting next me. And most importantly it’s ok not to know the answer right out of the gate. If you don’t know the answer it’s ok to do the research and find what works for you. In short I’m just like everyone else. Trying to live my best life and be the best mom, wife and respected adult. 

Thank you for thinking of me to join the PAC. I feel like this is an awesome adventure and one where I’m sure I’ll always be learning something new. I may even meet a few new friends. Have a wonderful day and God bless.  

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Patti Smith  586-322-4576

 


     
 Regina is the President and Founder of Forever Friends Network. Regina's son, Brandon, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 4 years old. Bran-don is now 18 years old, and Regina continues to help spread awareness for Autism. She has been an advocate for individuals on the Autism Spectrum for the last 8.5 years. Regina has provided her efforts to various Autism organizations throughout Michigan. She is respected, and supported by The Lapeer County Intermediate School District, and The Lapeer County Community of Mental Health. Regina has been instrumental in bringing Autism Safety train-ing specialists from the Autism Alliance of Michigan to Lapeer County, and to surrounding areas. “Autistic kids are such extraordinary individuals — there’s always some-thing different that makes them stick out because each child is so unique. These kids are socially inept and they just want to fit in, they pick up things so quickly they are like sponges, we just want to pave the way for them to make connections.” Regina Starr The County Press 4-03-2016 Regina Starr resides in Lapeer Michigan with her son Brandon, and supported by her partner of 9 years, Michael.

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  Regina Starr
   (810) 623-2041

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