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July 17, 2018

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April 12, 2017
Monette was a wonderful inspiration to my master of social work students here at Kennesaw State University. She shared her experiences with our students both in person and by teleconference. She became a regular lecturer in our program during the last 15 years. She taught me a lot about caring, helping, and crisis intervention. She was a consummate professional and a wonderful person. I (we) will miss her.
March 24, 2017
I remember Monette fondly from High School. She played the flute and I the clarinet in the band and various ensembles.
October 10, 2016
I nominated Monette for Social Worker of the Year many years ago. I meant every word.

To Whom it May Concern,
I would like to nominate Monette Parks for the Social Worker of the Year, award. I had the privilege of working with Monette at Moore Middle School a few years ago. As a school psychologist on the same special education team, Monette and I worked closely together.
The Special Education team at Moore is responsible for over one hundred, seventh and eighth graders. About five to ten students come to Moore each year from self-contained programs at nearby elementary schools. Each year, at least three to five students arrive at Moore from Jefferson County's Day Treatment program. As the site-based, social worker, Monette's responsibility included monitoring, observing, counseling and testing students with significant social/emotional needs. With her intelligent mind and exceptional diagnostic skills, Monette quickly gained the trust and hearts of teachers, counselors and administrators at Moore. Monette completed each aspect of her social worker role with dignity, kindness, honesty, humor and intelligence. Students at Moore eagerly knocked on Monette's door when in need of encouragement, counseling or a warm smile. No matter how busy Monette was, she greeted each student with respect and a kind word. Every child left her office feeling special.
Monette and I regularly discussed students that were referred for testing. Monette methodically gathered facts on each student. She thoroughly examined both the micro and macro environment of each student referred for social/emotional reasons. Monette never made assumptions or passed judgment; she always waited until all the facts were gathered before reaching conclusions. I was and continued to be impressed with Monette's superb diagnostic skills.
Our paths also crossed as board members of the Jefferson County School Psychologists, Social Workers Association, JCSPSWA. Monette and a peer, created and edited the first JCSPSWA Newsletter. The high quality newsletter, which Monette co-wrote for two years, was highly praised by members of the organization and district.
Monette left Moore Middle School to be closer to her ailing mother. She applied for and was hired to be the social worker at Columbine High School two years ago. Last April, Monette demonstrated her courage, compassion and inner strength during the Columbine crisis. When the first shots were heard, Monette was in the cafeteria on lunch duty. Bravely, Monette helped students exit the building safely including a special needs students who didn't comprehend the significance of leaving the building quickly. Monette finally convinced the slow moving student to leave her food and exit through a side door. When the student was safe, Monette began walking up the cafeteria staircase. She was stopped when a deafening bomb went off above her. I am certain Monette would have continued up the staircase to tell the shooting students to stop it! if the bomb hadn't gone off.
Later that day, I met Monette at Leawood School. (Leawood was the meeting place for parents and students). Monette told me she did crisis counseling on the grounds of Columbine High School once she escaped the building. She put her owns needs aside to take care of others. Monette is worthy of recognition for the exemplary work she did before, after and since the Columbine tragedy.

Kathy Sievering, MA, NCSP
School Psychologist, Jefferson County School District
September 28, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help the Park family during this time of sorrow. Isa.41:13