Archive for April, 2015


Pioneer Leaders Stop by the Sounding Board

Superintendent Rick Marriott accompanied Leia Snyder, the new Assistant Superintendent who is set to replace Rick at the end of this year, and Patrick McFadden, Director of Communications, stopped by WBEX this morning to discuss the leadership transition and Pioneer’s progressive programming.

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OU-C’s Diversity in Education Visits Pioneer

Jamie Harmount, Assistant Professor at OU-C’s Early Childhood Education Center, brought 18 of her students to the Pioneer Center last week for a tour of the Pioneer School’s facilities. This trip has become an annual pilgrimage of sorts for those studying early childhood and/or special education at OU-C. Now in its 5th year, students observe some of the services and programs offered at the Pioneer School and then write a reflection paper about their experience. Ms. Harmount explained that these reflection papers often show solidification in her student’s choice to enter special education. On this trip, organized and led by Pioneer teacher Josh Tripp, OU-C’s Diversity in Education class observed a sign choir session (where students use sign language to convey the lyrics in popular songs), a tour of the therapy department and classrooms, and a Q&A session with staff members they encounter. Thank you to Professor Harmount and her students for visiting Pioneer, and for Josh Tripp for helping to introduce the next generation of educators to this wonderful field!




Triple Crown – Family Fun Night

The Pioneer Center capped off another great Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with a family fun night at the Triple Crown Family Fun Center (1 Nancy Wilson Way, Chillicothe) on March 31! We owe a BIG thank you to Triple Crown’s owners and staff for providing hundreds of free wristbands and discounted food and drink for this event. We ccouldn’thave pulled off such a great event without their generosity and the help of the employees/volunteers from Chillicothe’s Kohls/“Kohl’s Cares Program,” who donated $500 to help support us. Finally, kudos are also in order for all the terrific Pioneer staff who volunteered their time to help with this event, especially Debbie Kennedy and Tracey Uhrig. Thank you to everyone for your continued support! Your generosity brings countless smiles to the individuals who we are privileged to support.

*Please note, this was a public event held at a venue which was open to the public. Therefore, any individual pictured does not necessarily receive services from, employed by, or affiliated with The Pioneer Center.*