FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 10, 2013
Contact: Bevin Theodore
Director of PR & Communications
800-25-PEACE, ext. 7797
Wanda Calhoun joins KidsPeace Georgia Board of Associates
The former elementary school teacher now works in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia.
BOWDON, Ga. – KidsPeace Georgia is pleased to welcome Wanda Calhoun as the newest member of the Board of Associates.
Calhoun is the Director of Field Based Preparation in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. Her office coordinates the placement of more than 1,000 candidates in the field each year. Calhoun also conducts various training seminars and collaborates on designing innovative clinical models for field placement, developing collaborative relationships with school partners and developing comprehensive assessment plans for teacher education and other professional field experiences.
She holds both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree in early childhood education from West Georgia College. She previously worked for 20 years as an elementary teacher in a local public school system.
“Wanda’s experience in education will be an invaluable asset in helping us continue to meet our goal of ensuring children are not only emotionally healthy but are performing at their grade level when they leave our care,” says BOA Chairman Richard G. Tisinger, Sr. “It is common for children referred to KidsPeace to be a grade or two behind in school because of parental neglect or abuse. Wanda will be able to help us address these educational hurdles that often compound behavioral and mental health treatment.”
Calhoun first heard of KidsPeace when one of her former students spent time on the Bowdon campus. She saw firsthand the strides he made, even going on to attend college, and she wanted more people to know how the programs could help children in need.
“I am certainly honored to be a part of an organization that is truly helping these students who are going through difficult times,” she said. “It’s a good thing, and it gives these children hope, and it gives these families hope, that there is help out there for them.”
For 130 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; unique psychiatric hospital and foster care and community-based programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood and gain independence. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For additional resources or more information on how to get involved, become a foster parent or make a donation, please visit www.kidspeace.org. Follow us at www.facebook.com/kidspeace.org or on Twitter @KidsPeace.