"It makes me want to chase my goal harder."
"It pushed me to do better."
"I put effort in everything that I do, because everything has a chain reaction."
"It helped because it showed me effective listening and to think about my future."
"This has taught me to go for my dream no matter what. Believe in yourself and don’t let anyone drag you down."
"The entire program helps me to overcome my fear of speaking in public."
"It taught me to believe in my dreams when people don’t believe in me."
"It showed me and told me to take the opportunity when it’s given to you – Don’t Wait!"
"It opened my eyes to what is and what isn’t."
"It helped me to get through the future and the past."
"They’re giving me the courage to go for a job and pursue my dream no matter how hard it seems to me."
"I liked how we learned about self-esteem."
Jamie Reid is a former classroom teacher currently holding New York State certifications in Childhood Education, Literacy, and Students with Disabilities. For the last five years, Jamie has worked with Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program equipping students with skills and knowledge starting with students in elementary school all the way up to high school! Her most cherished component of the job is the opportunity to be a youth advocate and mentor.
Being the Director of the program allows her the ability to oversee that all students receive high quality programming crafted to meet their individual needs. She has enjoyed the many students, parents, and community members that she has met in her journey thus far and looks forward to continuing to form new relationships and partnerships.
When Jamie is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, ages 6 and 3. Jamie loves a good road-trip and often spends her spare time visiting new places with her family.
Andrea is an educational professional with over 16 years experience helping students achieve academic, personal and professional success. Her background includes working in higher education as an academic success coach as well as mentoring and instructing for the grant funded programs Academic Talent Search and the Higher Education Opportunity Program. Andrea also worked as a long-term substitute teacher for the Buffalo Public School System, and just before joining the Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program team, was an Assistant Director for the Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo, NY. Each of these experiences has helped Andrea to discover her passion for assisting students navigate the educational landscape in order to realize their goals and become the best version of themselves as possible.
The Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program had allowed Andrea the opportunity to marry her passion with her knowledge. Through this program, Andrea is afforded daily opportunities to work collaboratively with students, families, community members and organizations, and local educational professionals in order to support and improve the lives of our students and the communities in which they live. There is truly nothing more gratifying than knowing that the Future Leaders Program was instrumental in helping a student reach his/her life goal.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world"….Ghandi
Assistant Program Director
Kimberly is a military spouse who discovered her passion for working with teens while living in Hawaii. She started her college path in Texas attending the local community college where she earned an Associate’s Degree. While living in Missouri she completed her Bachelor’s Degree and most recently acquired her Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma. Her background is in Psychology and Human Relations with a focus on social change.
Her drive is to empower and promote confidence in students, encourage community and cultural interests, and promote positive peer-to-peer interactions. Liberty Partnerships Program allows Kimberly to assist in providing a safety net for her students and their families by offering resources, information, and support to ensure academic success.
Outside of work, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her family watching movies or hiking, drinking coffee and reading, and traveling.
Program Administrator/Case Manager: Gaskill Preparatory School, Niagara Falls High School
Cari is a former classroom teacher, having taught high school art for several years in Bridgeport, Connecticut while completing her Masters of Education in Multiple Intelligences at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford. She also has held multiple roles working in youth development and coaching through various organizations; each one of these experiences solidifying Cari’s desire to work with urban youth.
She is grateful for the opportunity to make connections with students and their families in her community through Liberty Partnerships Program. Cari is most excited to be able to support students in reaching their goals and growing in to the best version of themselves.
When Cari is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their Pomsky, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and working on home construction projects.
Program Administrator/Case Manager: LaSalle Preparatory School, Niagara Falls High School
Kelly Peters comes from a background in Social work, Criminal Justice and Psychology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Mercyhurst University. Her greatest passion continues to be helping others any way she can. She is heavily motivated by social service according to her Indigo report and in her life. Working with urban youth has opened her eyes to their resiliency and amazing personalities that inspire her every day in a career that allows her to be her true, authentic, and goofy self.
Peters’ personal mission is to motivate youth and be a guiding hand to help them on their life paths to success. She is accomplished in identifying risk factors towards possible deviance, and Liberty Partnerships Program enables her to apply her preventive skills while working as a positive influence among youth. Her own role models have encouraged and motivated her own successes, and she only hopes she can pay that forward and do the same for the youth in Niagara County. Her competitive spirit and low compliance behaviors translates into constant efforts of creating new ways of making learning fun. She loves offering students opportunities in life experiences as well as hands-on learning that go beyond the desks and projectors of traditional school settings.
When she is not in the classroom, Kelly is playing rugby or coaching high school girls’ rugby at her alma mater. You can also find her traveling, camping, hiking with friends, or admiring cute puppies she daydreams about owning one day.
Program Administrator/Case Manager: Lockport High School
Kara Fox is originally from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in northwestern North Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. She is also Tuscarora, the 6th Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and currently resides on the Tuscarora Nation with her husband Clint and two children Tristan (12) and Ellie (8). She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Native American Students and Education Studies. She completed her Master’s of Educational Psychology in School Counseling from the University of Utah in 2008. She has her School Counselor Certification Grades PreK-12 through the New York State Education Department.
Education has always been a priority and value in her family’s life and has worked in the field of education throughout her career. She believes a healthy, safe, and positive community that is committed to their children’s education will help continue traditions and culture for generations to come. She is grateful for the opportunity to make connections with families and their children by providing the leadership and guidance to establish goals for their academic, social, and behavioral needs through Liberty Partnerships Program’s personal learning plans (PLP’s). She has experience working with at-risk youth and can offer interventions and assistance to students and involving multiple resources that are available to them with Liberty Partnerships. Her primary goal with Liberty is to help students prepare and achieve successful transitions to middle and high school as well as onto higher education and different career pathways.
Kara enjoys spending time with her family, watching her children play sports, playing basketball, going to the movies, church, gardening, and traveling. She has filled the roles of President, Treasurer and Secretary over the past 7 years for the parent organization Tuscarora Home School Council at her children’s school. She loves helping her community and watching her family grow!
Program Administrator/Case Manager: Tuscarora Elementary and Edward Town Middle School