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Partners for Success is a partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the St. Mary's County Public Schools (SMCPS) to provide services designed to inform families and build working relationships among families, schools, and the community. A parent/educator team staffs the center. This team assists families, students and educators by providing support, information and resources on disabilities and community services.

The center provides resources to enable families of children receiving special education services, and the professionals who work with them, to function as equal partners in the educational decision-making process. Susan Shannon, a parent of a child with a disability, and Dottie Powell, SMCPS Transition Specialist, currently staff the Partners for Success Center.

The services the Partners for Success center may provide include: 
Special education resources, Information and referral, Assistance with IEPs, Seminars and workshops, Consultation, Lending library, and Information about local state and parent organizations.

Contact Information:

Susan Shannon
Partners for Success
Green Holly Elementary School
Office Suite A
46060 Millstone Landing Road
Lexington Park, MD 20653

Phone (301) 863-4069
Email: partnersforsuccess@smcps.org

Upcoming Partners for Success Events

Partners for Success 2017 Calendar of Events Winter and Spring

Planning Ahead: Future Finances and Support Seminar

Developing and Improving Social Communication Skills in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Workshop

Rethinking ADHD: What Works, What Doesn't and Why Workshop


The Partners for Success maintains an extensive Lending Library for families and staff. 

Partners for Success Lending Library List