We are committed to continue the vision of our founders some 30 years ago, “to educate children, challenging each child to reach his/her fullest potential academically, physically and emotionally”. We invite you to visit Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center, a place where miracles happen.
In 1990, Bonnie Brown and Saralyn Fountain pursued a vision of beginning a preschool dedicated to laying a foundation for the educational needs of students with disabilities. The idea was that special needs students who had received early intervention were better able to adapt to the classroom environment interact with peers, and showed greater promise for mainstreaming into society.
Through the years, Stepping Stones has grown and adapted to the changing world and our better understanding of how to offer help to students with disabilities and their parents. In 1998, Stepping Stones expanded the preschool program to include typically developing students. The idea was that the special needs students would model behaviors of their typically developing peers and that the typical developing child would develop a better understanding and compassion for those in less fortunate circumstances.
In 2002, we opened the doors to our present location, a state of the art facility, thanks to the generous support of many community and civic minded supporters who embraced the mission of the school. Today, the Center continues to offer the preschool model of inclusion, while also offering an Academy program servicing special needs students from ages six to fourteen. We also offer an in-house therapy program which includes speech therapy, physical therapy as well as occupational therapy.
We enter this school year with excitement as we examine ways to improve our programming and respond to the needs of our students and parents. We are a two-star Quality Rated program under Bright From the Start, a SACS accreditation, and an Cognia accreditation. Every class from 6 weeks to 14 years old is taught by a college degree teacher, which makes us unique and confirms our commitment to providing the best education to our students.
Donna has her Bachelor of Science in Special Education MR, Masters of Special Education (Specific Learning Disabilities, Inter-related and Emotional Behavior Disorders) from Georgia College. She earned her Specialist in Special Education from Georgia State University and Leadership Add-on from West Georgia College. Donna retired from the Griffin-Spalding County School System after 40 years. Donna has 2 children, Chris and his wife Kara and a daughter, Beth. She also has 2 grandson, She is a member of First Baptist Church of Griffin, CERT member and has served in several leadership roles in our community. Donna is committed to continue the vision of our founders some 30 years ago, “to educate children, challenging each child to reach his/her fullest potential academically, physically and emotionally”.
Ken has his Masters and ED.S. in Administration and Supervision from University of West Georgia. Ken retired from the Griffin-Spalding County School System after 38 years. He is married to Vicki Bozeman and that have 3 children and 1 grandchild. Ken is a member of First Baptist Church of Griffin, serves on the Common Grounds Ministry and is a member of the broadcast team for Spalding Jaguars on WKEU.
It is the policy of Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center, Inc. not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, color, religion, national origin or disability in its educational programs, activities or employment practices. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Donna Parks, firstname.lastname@example.org or 770.229.5511.