Parent/Family Partners

Medical Lake School District

Parent/Family Partners at MLSD

In the Spring of 2020, the student services department launched a Parent/Family Partnership Program. We found committed volunteer parents wanting to support our parents new to navigating the special education process. This is a new approach by the Medical Lake School District to assist parents, families, and guardians of students with an IEP (Individual Education Plan) to navigate the IEP process, and to increase the communication opportunities between families and their schools. Parents expected to participate in the design and implementation of an IEP often find themselves at a loss. It may be their first IEP meeting or the introduction of a Transition Planning. They are not advocates, but rather partners and coaches along the way. This program connects trained and experienced Parent/Family Partners with parents and/or guardians.


Our Parent/Family Partners are parents/community members who reside in the Medical Lake School District who have personal experience navigating the special education system.

Our partners are volunteers who receive a minimum of 9 hours of training provided by the Medical Lake School District and Sound Options Group. This group is partially funded through OSPI to help increase effective communication between parents and the school district. Check out our website: https://www.mlsd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=596153&type=d&pREC_ID=2115387

Did you know the Medical Lake School District has Family/Parent Partners?

Please watch this short video to meet one of our parent partners and learn more about our new program.
MLSD Parent Partner

Hello Medical Lake Community,


My name is Nikki Bauman and I am a Parent Partner for the Medical Lake School District. I am here as a volunteer to support and assist parents like me with kiddos in programs like special ed or 504s in the district. I am available to meet with you to be a sounding board, to help you navigate upcoming IEP and 504 meetings, and if needed, attend those meetings with you. Also, we are excited to host parent support groups in the community, so keep an eye out for information regarding the parent support groups we hope to start in the near future.


Please feel free to drop in just to say hi and introduce yourself, or to discuss your kiddo anytime during our drop in hours listed below.


Parent Partner Drop In Hours:

  • Monday - by appt.
  • Tuesday - by appt.
  • Wednesday - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Thursday - by appt.
  • Friday - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.


note: I will be available for appointments outside these hours as needed for those who are unable to come during the school day.

Connect with us!

Should you find that you or someone in your family would benefit from connecting with a parent partner please reach out.


Nikki Bauman, Parent/Family Partner

Tele: 509-565-3109

Email: nbauman@mlsd.org

Address: 317 N. Broad, Medical Lake, WA

(across from the High School at the new Wellness Center)

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Medical Lake School District does not discriminate with respect to race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides equal access to the Boy scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: District Data-HR Coordinator, civilrights@mlsd.org, 116 W Third St, Medical Lake Wa 99022 (509)565‐3100, Title IX Coordinator, titleix@mlsd.org, 116 W Third St, Medical Lake Wa 99022 (509)565‐3100, Section 504 Coordinator, section504@mlsd.org, 116 W Third St, Medical Lake Wa 99022 (509)565‐3100