New family support worker named

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The Franklin County Children’s Task Force is happy to welcome Karen Luker to their Growing Healthy Families Home Visiting staff as a Family Support Worker. Karen graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. After graduation she became a long term substitute teacher at the then Mt. Blue Jr. High School before moving to the MSAD 36 district and teaching fourth grade at Livermore Falls Elementary School. When Karen became a mother she decided to take time to be a stay-at-home mom, and volunteered for in the Parent to Parent Home Visiting Program at the Children’s Task Force for three years.  In 1996 Karen received her certification from the ALACE in Boston, Mass. and became a certified Doula, attending over 25 births since then.  In 1997 Karen returned to MSAD 9 and served in a variety of positions. Most recently, she was the Teen Parenting and Child Development teacher at Mt. Blue High School where she provided support and encouragement to those teenagers who were parenting as well as those who were thinking of entering the early childhood field.  “Karen has dedicated her life to improving the lives and outcomes of the children in Franklin County and will be a welcome addition to our staff” said Renee Blanchet, the task force’s executive director.  “We knew that she was able to build rapport with teens because of her work at the high school and she came highly recommended from those who worked with her and we are looking forward to her continuing to provide exceptional service to all young families in our area.”

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