Hello Riffenburgh, my name is Kim Lipker. My official title is McKinney-Vento Family Advocate. I come to you from PSD's department of Language, Culture & Equity. I help families who are homeless or who are at risk of losing their home. McKinney-Vento is a Federal Act that protects the rights of at-risk families so that all of our students are treated equitable and all barriers to education can be removed.
I've been helping at-risk families in the district since 2011. I volunteered in the capacity before that. My position is new as of last school year (2018-2019) and I help four schools: Riffenburgh, Laurel, Lesher, and O'Dea. Before I stepped in to the role I was a McKinney-Vento school contact and the Office Manager of Language, Culture & Equity.
What I love about my job is that I support teachers, administrators, classified staff, students, and parents/guardians. It is very rewarding to work with families and help them along their journey out of homelessness. I also do presentations to all PSD staff about homelessness and human trafficking. We are constantly looking for ways to educate, encourage, and support all of PSD.
Working for PSD is my day-job and second career. I went to school to be a journalist, so my background is in publishing. I worked at newspapers and now write outdoor travel guidebooks with a focus on the Rocky Mountains.
I am a true mountain girl and grew up in Conifer, Colorado.
I love to do many things: hike, pilates, eat, go out with friends, throw parties, garden, read, travel, snowshoe, write, hang out with my kids, photography, art, and more.
I don't have a classroom, but if you ever need help don't hesitate to reach out. We have resources for just about anything and will refer you to local agencies for additional assistance. My cell number is 556-1847.