OpenDoors welcomes John Steele!

Please give a warm welcome to John Steele, our new Education Program Liaison!

John began tutoring OpenDoors students more than three years ago, after years of teaching in public middle school in the Chapel Hill area, as well as serving as an Orton-Gillingham trained literacy interventionist at the Stone Mountain School in Black Mountain.  Starting in January of this year, we are proud to say that he has officially joined our staff.  “John is an incredible asset to our team.  He brings a vast toolbox of skills in working with people and in educational advocacy, and he has hit the ground running for our students,” explains Board Chair, Nancy McClinton.

Our Education Program Liaison plays a central role in the coordination of OpenDoors educational program activities. John works with other OpenDoors staff and volunteers to plan, manage, and implement individualized education plans (IEPs) for struggling students, community outreach work with like-minded organizations, and school-based student advocacy.  “I really enjoy the work with our TeamLeaders, who are incredibly committed to their students as volunteer mentors, and oftentimes those relationships are years in the making,” said John.

“Serving alongside parents and volunteers as a liaison and OpenDoors representative at teacher conferences and IEP meetings is an honor.  I learn as much as anyone as we figure out what’s in the best interest of each student.”

From our office in the Legal Building, John travels the district to meetings with parents and teachers, he holds and attends trainings for volunteers and public school teachers, and makes sure each of our students are reaching their potential as they break the cycle of poverty.  

Thank you, John, for your dedication and hardwork!