Mrs. Jean Mendler
P.S. 173Q Parent Coordinator
In 2002, the Mayor and Chancellor created the position of “Parent
Coordinator” to ensure there was someone in each school directly
responsible for supporting families. The Parent Coordinator is the first
person families should contact when they have questions or concerns
about their children's school.
Parent Coordinators are part of the administrative team that works
for school principals. They work closely with school staff, school
leadership teams, parent associations, community groups, and parent
advisory councils to engage families and involve them in school
communities. They also are charged with identifying issues of concern to
families and working with school leaders to ensure that these issues
are addressed in a timely manner.
Parent Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities
Increase parent involvement in the school by working closely with school, parent, and community organizations.
Serve as facilitator for parent and school community concerns
and issues including, for example, school policies or facilities issues.
Conduct outreach to engage parents in their children’s education.
Convene regular parent meetings and events around topics of key concerns to parents.
Attend parent meetings.
Work with the school parent association when asked to provide
assistance in establishing by-laws and conducting their affairs in
accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation A-660.
Serve as a school liaison to central OFIA and its staff.
Maintain ongoing contact with community organizations that are
involved with providing services to support the school’s educational
Organize open school night and other events to increase
parental and community involvement, and create a welcoming school
environment to parents.