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United Way names new community school director at Elk Valley Elementary

Saturday Apr 4th, 2020

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United Way is pleased to announce Tammy Rader has been named the Community School Director at Elk Valley Elementary.

A Girard School District graduate herself, Tammy received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling both from Edinboro University. "I am so excited to come back to my roots of being a Yellow Jacket," she said.

Tammy went on to past testing to become a Nationally Certified Counselor and has nearly ten years of experience in counseling. Mostly recently she was the director of the Family Based Mental Health program at Family Services of NWPA. Tammy lives in Albion with her husband Josh and their two sons Jake and Jaxon. 

Elk Valley was launched as a United Way community school in the Fall of 2018 and shortly after the Achievement Center was named as lead partner at the school. The Lead Partner of a United Way community school is an entity whose vision and mission matches that of the community school model and can point to specific services and strategies in their resource pool that will enhance opportunities for students and families to learn and be successful. As lead partner, the Achievement Center is set to employ the community school director.

The Community School Director’s (CSD) responsibilities include executing the coordination and alignment of resources within a community school to achieve specific educational goals. The role of a CSD is complex and requires a dynamic person who can effectively navigate and interconnect multiple systems to achieve success for children and families. The CSD is accountable to the principal and the community school leadership team. They lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive community school action plan that guides all of the partnerships and resources brought into the school, focused on removing barriers to learning for economically disadvantaged students.

Learn more about community schools