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Oakridge Public Schools is pleased to announce that two Pathways to Potential staff members have been assigned to serve the Oakridge school district.

Pathways to Potential was established through the Michigan Department of Education in collaboration with the efforts through the Family Resource Centers and Department of Health Services. Partnering with schools throughout the state of Michigan, DHS places employees (success coaches) in Pathways schools where high numbers of families are already receiving assistance through the DHS. Success coaches will work closely with school principals, social workers, attendance agents and teacher to monitor attendance and address the barriers to attending school when they arise.Oakridge Public Schools has been assigned two new success coaches to serve the students and families of OPS.

Chad Ware will be joining the team by serving the Oakridge Lower Elementary students and families on Mondays and Fridays, as well as Oakridge Middle School on Tuesdays. Chad was previously a Family Independence Specialist for 14 years along with a CPS investigator for 1 year in Kent County. In early 2017, Chad transferred to Muskegon County where he worked on the In-House Family Unit as an Eligibility Specialist. Chad enjoys watching and playing baseball, basketball, football, and golf with his wife Theresa and his children Teagan (9) and Brennan (7).

Chad Ware Pathways to Potential

Kendall Phillips is a Child Welfare Specialist that will be working at the Oakridge Middle School on Wednesdays. Kendall is a CPS Investigator for Muskegon County. She will be looking into complaints of abuse/neglect to figure out what is going on with your students and their families. Kendall graduated from Hope College in 2015 and worked in a charter school in Milwaukee for the 2015-2016 school year before moving back to her Michigan home. She has been in this role for about a year and a half now! “I have a love for all things social work, running, and baking,” says Phillips. “I am super excited about working out of the Oakridge district!” Kendall’s office will be located in the Family Resource Center next to the middle school (door # 7) all day on Wednesdays, and usually bopping around all of Southeast Muskegon the rest of the week.

Kendall Phillips Pathways to Potential

“We are very pleased to be welcoming two additional people to our team that will help our students thrive in a healthy and safe learning environment.”, says Tom Livezey (Superintendent). Please help us in welcoming both Chad and Kendall to our team.

For additional information about the Pathways to Potential program, please visit the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services website at: www.michigan.gov.

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