Parent Univ Speakers

Keynote Speaker:

Michelle Erklenz-Watts, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education at St. John Fisher College

Over the past twenty years, Dr. Erklenz-Watts has worked in the public school system, higher education and the private sector as a special education teacher, professor of education and psychological and neuropsychological test administrator. In her work at St. John Fisher College, she enjoys contributing to the development of future teachers. Her website outlines her consultant services to families and educators.

Session #1 10:15-11am
Adolescent Stress & Anxiety: What Parents Need to Know
Stephanie Rago, M.Ed.
NCC Coordinator, Chemical Dependency Outreach Team, Unity Health

Stephanie Rago has been working in Behavioral Health for the past 16 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the College at Brockport SUNY. She began her career working as a chemical dependency counselor then went on to pursue her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University. Stephanie has been working at Unity Chemical Dependency with adolescents for the past 6 years.

Online Tools in Penfield Schools
Sue Mietus
6th Grade Computer Applications Teacher, Bay Trail Middle School

A Penfield Business Teacher since 2000, Sue spent four years at PHS, teaching classes like Intro to Business, Accounting, and Business Math. Before teaching, Sue was a career counselor and a college recruiter; she brings to the table technical expertise and a solid understanding of what is expected of students beyond high school. Sue is the current Vice President  of the Bay Trail PTA. Sue invites your questions by email during the session and afterwards.

Eating on the Run: Healthy Meals for Busy Families
Katie Gleason, M.S. 

 Katie Gleason,M.S. has over 15 years experience in the fitness field and has recently added a master's degree in nutrition to her repertoire. Katie creatively crafts individualized food and fitness programs for today's busy families. Katie enjoys watching clients reap big rewards from small changes.

Session #2 11:15-Noon

Balancing Athletics and Academics
Richard “Rick” Pound

Assistant Principal, Gates Chili High School
Proprietor, Pound Enterprise

Rick Pound has dedicated his life to counseling youth toward higher academic achievement and athletic excellence through his roles as an Athletic Director, middle and high school counselor and varsity coach. Mr. Pound holds a Master’s Degree and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling and Human Development and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. More information about his program “Packaging Academics with Athletics,” as well as training, seminars and consultation services can be found at
Mr. Pound's website.

Cyber Bullying, Social Media and Online Safety for Middle and High School
Cyber Special Agent with the FBI

The FBI is actively engaged daily throughout the United States and internationally in fighting all types of criminal activity taking place over the internet, to include those crimes involving the exploitation of children. These crimes are also taking place in the Rochester, New York, area and your local FBI office is proactively involved in an effort to eliminate cyber crime, especially when it comes to the well being of our children.

Getting on the Same Page: Parenting and School Strategies that Help Elementary Children
Marc Nelson
Principal, Harris Hill Elementary School

An educator for 20 years, Marc Nelson was a health education teacher, has coached both middle school and high school sports and holds multiple degrees and certifications in the educational field. Marc has been a Penfield Central School District administrator for 13 years, the last ten as Principal of Harris Hill Elementary, a 2008 recipient of a national “ Blue Ribbon” award for educational excellence. Marc has been married for 18 years and is the proud father of two teenage girls.

Session #3 12:15-1pm

What Parents of 6-10 Grades Should Know Now About College Admissions
Penfield High School Counseling Staff

Keeping Your Elementary Children Safe Online
Pamela Scott Weaver
Director of Community Education

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/New York Branch

Pamela Scott Weaver has presented abduction and sexual abuse prevention safety education programs for more than16 years, throughout New York State. These programs include utilizing the NetSmartz Workshop; teaching Internet safety to youth, teens, parents, teachers and law enforcement. She is a NY State approved instructor of the “Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment” training, (9/00-present) and because of her social work background, has related professional experience in working with sexually abused children and their parents.

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