Wynn explained how a military student was considered for an extracurricular activity at the school the student was going to attend by sending a try-out video prior to arriving at the new school. As a result, the student was selected, and it was made possible through the interstate compact. Getting a position on a school’s sports team may not be guaranteed, but the interstate compact provides the opportunity to be considered.
“It’s like a one-stop shop,” said Wynn. “Families are already dealing with orders, packing, jobs, life and children – it’s empowering them and letting them know the resource is available. Instead of them looking on the Internet for the best schools, I help them to look up the school’s report card and encourage them to take a tour of the school.”
Wynn also educates military members at the “Ready the Warfighter” briefing. The RTW briefing is required for individuals who are deploying to attend to get information on base resources that can assist their families during their absence.
Working closely with other base programs, such as the Exceptional Family Member Program and Family Readiness Program, Wynn informs schools on the challenges and unique differences that military students have compared to regular students.
For instance, she works with the child military family life consultants to ensure the children’s social and emotional aspects are addressed. Some parents, even school officials, may perceive a child’s behavior to be common for their age group, but not realize that it’s actually from added stress possibly due to a deployed parent, she explained.
Wynn has been at Wright-Patterson for about two months. She was recently stationed at Laughlin AFB, Texas, where she also served as the SLO and EFMP coordinator. Prior to her previous position, she was the base Child Development Center director and training curriculum specialist for the Child and Youth flight.
“I love visiting the schools and seeing the school-age and youth,” said Wynn. “Children are so resilient and always happy to see someone to just say ‘hi’ to them.”
Wynn loves being active and spending time with her family, especially her daughters.
The U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity further describes the SLO position as a point-of-contact who advocates for the educational needs of military children, assists Airmen and families with information and referrals regarding local school districts and other education options including home schooling, private schools, charters schools, and cyber schools, and ensures a communication link with inbound or outbound family members for educational issues.
For more information on the SLO program, contact Wynn at 937-656-0942 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.