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Special thanks to Shannon Nickinson, Editor of Progress + Promise, for granting What’s Right permission to reblog this post. Original blog from March 16, 2014, available here.

Leigh Ann South is family and community liaison at Oakcrest Elementary School.

There is alot that goes into that job description, from grant writing, to helping get new students registered to helping parents navigate the social service system. She’s even driven parents and students to doctor’s appointments as needed.

South’s job is to fill in the gaps for Oakcrest’s families so that they can focus on getting the most important thing — making sure their children are prepared for and get the most out of the school day.

Oakcrest Elementary is not new to What’s Right in Education. Discover more of the great things happening at Oakcrest through previous What’s Right blogs:

Celebrating Teacher Ms. Sara Rabb, Oakcrest Elementary

Learning and Living in the Garden at Oakcrest Elementary

Celebrating Science Teacher Mr. John Herber, Oakcrest Elementary

Celebrate Great Principals and We Celebrate Great Schools

Field Research by Fourth Graders

“We have an INCREDIBLE faculty and staff!”




Progress + Promise Editor Shannon Nickinson worked in daily newspapers for 19 years, rounding out her career in traditional media as a columnist for the Pensacola News Journal. [Text from P+P website here.]

Progress + Promise’s mission is to build a sustainable platform for ongoing community education, investigation, discussion and improvement. Progress + Promise celebrates successes across the community and highlight individuals and organizations who put community service above self. Its hope is to provide readers with a guidebook for how to get more involved in bettering the community, and to improve dialogue by focusing on our strengths and providing a transparent, open platform to explore solutions. Progress + Promise is a project of Studer Community Development Group and Quint and Rishy Studer. [Text adapted from P+P website here.]

Our mission at Studer Education’s EBL K12 is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. To do this we partner with teachers and leaders to create results-oriented school cultures. Visit us online at http://eblk12.com to learn more about Studer Education and Evidence-Based Leadership in K12. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the sixth straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.