Learn how to be an advocate for children The Dyslexia Parent Support Group will host parent advocate Jennifer Medearis from Special Education Advocacy at their next Dyslexia Parent Support Group meeting on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The group meets the first Thursday of each month, from 7 – 8 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, which is located at 3803 West Lake Houston Parkway (just north of Creekwood Middle School) in Room 6. “Jennifer Medearis has an excellent reputation throughout Houston as one of the best parent advocates. She educates parents as to how to be a good advocate for their children, whether it’s in ARD meetings or 504 meetings. She also helps parents understand laws dealing with education so parents can be informed about what are, and are not, their rights,” said Heather Woelfel, founder of the Dyslexia Parent Support Group. In September, Woelfel, a social studies teacher at Kingwood Middle School, started the Dyslexia Parent Support Group because her son is dyslexic and she and her husband felt alone. They did not know how to help their son. “We feel like we’ve learned so much about what to do and what not to do. We wanted to bring parents together with the hopes of learning from each other. These kids really suffer when they are not given proper help. Dyslexic kids are just as smart as any other child, but they can often feel humiliation or low self-esteem over their reading that they don’t deserve,” said Woelfel. According to Woelfel, the mission of the group is to give parents a sense of empowerment to help their child. “One way we will do that is through inviting guest speakers to come out to speak to the group. We have about 40 members right now, but we’re rapidly growing as the word is getting out about us,” Woelfel said. Marilynn Mann, Humble ISD Council of PTAs president, said they are supporting this group in keeping with the council’s purpose – improving the education and welfare of children and youth. “I am a big fan of Heather Woelfel; she is an amazing teacher,” said Mann. “They are going to have an outstanding guest speaker – Jennifer Medearis, parent advocate. Jennifer has spent 13 years assessing, educating and providing programming and advocating for students with special needs.” For more information about the Dyslexia Parent Support Group, contact Heather Woelfel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Photo: Heather Woelfel, Dyslexia Parent Support Group founder, left, and Marilynn Mann, Humble ISD Council of PTAs president, discuss upcoming guest speaker and parent advocate Jennifer Medearis’ upcoming session on Dec. 3, 7 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kingwood.

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