Kendell joined the CFPC Team in May of 2012. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri and lived in Central Illinois for many years. She is the mother of four children one of which has a learning disability and one who was speech delayed; Glen, Joshua, Jennifer and Noah.
She is also the grandmother of four, two of which are developmentally delayed, one of whom participated in Early Intervention; Trystia, Kaje, Gabe, and Kloe. She is the sister of Dawn, Kelly, Stephanie, and Kenny, and is the daughter of Barbara. One of her sisters is developmentally disabled. Her mother worked for ARC-Community Support Systems for nearly 30 years. She is aunt of eight, and great-aunt of three.
Kendell has worked for the PTI network in Illinois at Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center. She has experience in reviewing student records with parents to analyze current educational support needs. She is also adept at doing research and finding resources for families and helping others in understanding and locating pertinent information in the regulations. She understands the importance of parent-school collaboration. She has experience in helping parents draft letters and attending IEP meetings with parents.
As part of the PTI in Illinois, she was an integral part of compiling and editing “The Parent’s Rights Guide” published by the State of Illinois Department of Education. She designed and implemented the online lending library to keep track of library resources for the PTI in Illinois and Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge. She also trained the staff of both agencies on the use of the library system. She has also contributed to a book written by Dr. Vaughn Laurer, “When the School Says ‘No’, How to Get a ‘Yes’”, due to be published in 2013. She is also a member of many disability groups on-line.