Kara VanHooser, M.S., CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, received the 2017 Lara Jane Parker Award for Excellence along with two other winners. VanHooser works primarily at McDougle Elementary School in Chapel Hill where she has over 20 years experience and serves as the Exceptional Children’s team lead. The Lara Jane Parker Award Program shared,”Kara is proactive in engaging a child’s whole team, including families, private therapists, and physicians, to meet the student’s communication and other needs. She organizes communication during reverse inclusion groups, where students from general ed classrooms join students in the adapted curriculum classrooms for activities promoting social and academic interactions. Kara invites politicians to meet her students to better understand the challenges they face. She is in regular contact with them to discuss issues that affect students like hers.”
The Lara Jane Parker Awards are sponsored by the New Voices Foundation (newvoices.org), a non-profit in North Carolina whose mission is to help children with communication challenges maximize their learning potential.