Parent Liaison

Building a bridge between the home and school.

What is a Parent Liaison?

Parent Liaisons (PLs) are professionals who work in the schools and facilitate parenting classes, connect parents to community resources and support parent-teacher collaboration.

Did you know? There is now a Parent Liaison in every school in the Bozeman and Big Sky Public School Districts, and every elementary school in Sheridan's public school system! Connect with the PL at your child's school today.

What do Parent Liaisons do?

Parent Liaisons are professionals who work in the schools and build a bridge between the home and school, so that children are set up for success. If you need to talk to someone about parenting, are wondering about resources in town or are concerned about your child's academics, the Parent Liaison in your child's school is there to help.

By The Numbers:

Supported in 2016-17
Positive Rating From Parents
participated in parent education classes in 2016-17

 What can a Parent Liaison do for you?

  • Do you have a question about the school and don't know who to ask?
  • Wondering about activities or resources in town?
  • New to town or starting at a new school?
  • Concerned about your child's academics, social skills, or other school issues?
  • Need someone to talk to about parenting?
  • Want to know what is normal behavior for your child's stage of development?
  • Interested in taking a Parenting with Love and Logic course?

Have these questions or need help with something else? Contact the Parent Liaison at your child's school today!

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What We Offer

Thriving Institute

Join us at this free workshop where guest experts share parenting strategies with local families.

Parenting with Love and Logic Classes

$10 six-week workshop for families who want to revolutionize their parenting and enjoy their kids more.

Thriving Transitions

Help your child ace the transition to Kindergarten, 6th, or 9th grades in these signature workshops.

Upcoming Parent Liaison Events

  • Hyalite Parenting Workshop Series

    October 24 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 7:30am on Tuesday, repeating until November 7, 2017

    This workshop series will be led by your school Parent Liaison. Open to all families who are part of the Bozeman School District. *Sign up below for the workshops that you would like to attend. Families are welcome to attend one or all workshops*   Week 1 (Sept 26th) Setting Our Children Up for Success In this…

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  • BHS Parenting Workshop: Social Media & Technology

    October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

    Join your Thrive Parent Liaison at a free parenting workshop at the BHS Berg Library! This workshop will run on October 24th from 6 - 7:15 PM.   Explore the roles that technology and social media play in our teen's lives (and our own lives) Find strategies for encouraging healthy digital behavior   Register below: …

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  • Parenting the Love & Logic Way: Meadowlark Elementary

    October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, repeating until November 2, 2017

    Parenting the Love and Logic Way® is a six-week course, developed by the Love and Logic Institute, Inc., will help you find specific answers and strategies for some of those difficult moments in parenting. These simple techniques will be geared towards elementary age children. This class will be led by your school Parent Liaison and it is designed to help you find…

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Meet Your School's Parent Liaison

  • Portrait of Debra DeBode

    Debra DeBode

    Parent Liaison - Longfellow and Hawthorne Elementary Schools

  • Portrait of Annemarie DuBois

    Annemarie DuBois

    Parent Liaison - Hyalite and Irving Elementary Schools

  • Portrait of Ashley Mares Jones

    Ashley Mares Jones

    Parent Liaison - Sacajawea Middle School

  • Portrait of Jessica Lenneman

    Jessica Lenneman

    Parent Liaison - Meadowlark Elementary School

  • Portrait of Katie Arnold

    Katie Arnold

    Parent Liaison - Bozeman High School

  • Portrait of Libby Hansen

    Libby Hansen

    Parent Liaison - Morning Star Elementary and Sacajawea Middle

  • Portrait of Lori Swenson

    Lori Swenson

    Parent Liaison - Big Sky School District

  • Portrait of Lori Van Vleet

    Lori Van Vleet

    Parent Liaison - Chief Joseph Middle School

  • Portrait of Steve Wellington

    Steve Wellington

    Parent Liaison Projects Coordinator

  • Portrait of Vonda Davis

    Vonda Davis

    Parent Liaison - Whittier and Emily Dickinson Elementary Schools

Parent Liaison Success Stories

"The Parent Liaison gave me strategies to help resolve problems and maintain and strengthen my relationship with my kids. And helped me communicate with teachers.”


“[My Parent Liaison] helped me find childcare options in our area, she helped me with presents for my child for Christmas and she helped us with keeping my daughter in Gymnastics. She talked with me when I was frustrated and listened when I needed a friend.”


"[Our Parent Liaison] Ashley has been part of our lives for 9 years now. I cannot express how much she has helped our family with everything, small to large. So patient and understanding. Kind, generous, I could keep going. To have someone in your life for that long is a blessing. She seeks me out at the beginning of school just to check and see how the summer was and to jump right in to help in any way."


The Parent Liaison was able to listen to parents. It really helped them realize that we are all a team at ur school looking out for our children.


“The Parent Liaison did a fantastic job of contacting and successfully communicating with parents who had difficulty returning phone calls and emails. It was so great to have another level of support to try to get there parents to participate in their child's education”


Parent Liaison Program Sponsors

Thrive as an organization would not exist without the generous support of many individuals and partners who donate their time, materials and energy to this cause. Here are a few local businesses that continue to deserve our gratitude.

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