I am delighted to welcome Jordan Mar as the latest Therap team member. She will be working primarily with our Mid-West team, but as is the case with all of us, you never kknow where she will show up. Obviously your first chance to say hi will be at the National Conference in a week or two.

Jordan has been involved with supporting people with disabilities from her high school days. While she was studying at the Lincoln Northeast High School, she used to support an elementary school student requiring extra support during her lunchtime, twice a week. She moved to Utah after graduating from high school and stated working for a school for kids with special needs called Dan Peterson where she worked in a classroom with some teenage students who had communication barriers. During that time she also worked for Rise doing in home support for children and adults with special needs who were in a family setting. She also helped run a summer program for Rise and did respite care on the weekends.

During her college days, Jordan worked in public schools as an early childhood special education paraprofessional working mainly with 3-5 year olds who had autism or other developmental disabilities. After working back in the schools for a year and a half she participated in a Management Training Program through Developmental Services of Nebraska. She also assisted with two group homes in Nebraska; one was a home for young boys with autism and the other was a home for men who were considered to be high risk to the community. After completion of the program, Jordan moved to Kansas City, Missouri where she was the Residential Supervisor for five homes in the Kansas City area.

Jordan went to the University of Nebraska to pursue a degree in education and is currently working on completing her degree in Early Childhood Education through the distance education program provided by the University of Nebraska.

:: Justin ::