Elaine Mellon holds a Master of Science/Certificate of Advanced Study (MS/CAS) in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling. Her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. Elaine has been an active and enthusiastic volunteer throughout her children’s school years. For two years she was a PTA President, a Girl Scout Leader for six and held various other key positions in her children’s district.
Elaine has an understanding of special education both academically and through personal experience. She learned the basic foundation in her graduate studies, but ongoing research and advanced training became imperative so she could actively and effectively advocate for her son. She accomplished this by reading, attending workshops and seminars including those online, and participating in conferences.
Married and the mother of three grown children, Elaine passionately works as a Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Talent Manager and Travel Agent.
Through this book, Elaine is hoping others will be helped, encouraged and supported as they navigate their way through the educational system, becoming a stronger, more effective and efficient advocate for their children.
unREAL Education:Beyond Report Cards
Education, Special Education, Dyslexia, Learning Disability
This book was written for every parent who has ever struggled with that uneasy, anxious, apprehensive gut feeling. You are convinced something is wrong or perhaps different with your child but you just can't put your finger on it. You talk to teachers, administrators, anyone who will listen. They suggest this or tell you to do that. You know deep down inside that it probably isn't the solution, but you are not the expert, so you do what you are told. Slowly, the school year goes by, then the next and the next and nothing changes. Sometimes you start to feel like you are going crazy, that you are obsessing. This book is for any parent, who has lost hope, to know that you are not alone. It is for the parent who needs to ask questions, but does not know where to find answers. Most of all, I hope, through our story, some parents will feel empowered enough to fight for their child, no matter what it takes, without fear of retribution, from their school system. You are your child's best advocate. You need to speak up! Whatever issues you might be having with your child, there is something in our story for everyone. Included are actual emails, transcripts and more. I want to share the pain, the fear, the joy, the uncertainty, some direction and hopefully some insight. You must look beyond the report cards but prepare yourself. You might uncover your own incredible, mind-boggling, unbelievable stories that may seem absurdly unREAL!