Marion County Parents as Teachers

(620) 947-4041

About Us

National Recognition


Marion County Parents as Teachers has received national recognition as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate, making it one of the top performing home visiting affiliates within the international Parents as Teachers network. The official designation was made on October 1, 2018.

Mission Statement

To provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

Who We Serve

Parents as Teachers is designed to assist ALL FAMILIES in Marion County with children from birth to age three in becoming their children's first teachers.

What We Do


Personal Visits

 PAT Certified Educators offer parents personal visits with timely information about each stage of their child's development and learning.


Group Connections

 Frequently scheduled get-togethers with other parents provide opportunities to gain new insights and share common experiences. These events are centered around fun child-focused activities or relevant parenting topics.



Periodic screenings help assess the overall development in language, social, intellect, motor and health. 


Resource Networking

Networking links families with community resources and services beyond the scope of the PAT program. 

Meet the Educators

Brandi Hein- Educator

Brandi Hein- Educator


Brandi has been with parents as  teachers since November 2015.  Brandi received a Bachelor's of Science  in Education Degree from Baker University.  She has 9 years of  elementary experience.  She also ran a home daycare for 7 years.  In her  free time, Brandi likes spending time with her husband and their four  children.  They enjoy reading, sports, camping, movies, the zoo, and  relaxing together.

"I  feel so honored to be able to be a part of the lives of families all  over Marion County.  Celebrating and experiencing with them all the ups  and downs of parenting is a joy like no other!"

Susie Kliewer- Coordinator/Educator



Susie is the newest member of the PAT team, beginning in June 2016.  She graduated from Hesston
College  with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and received a BS in  nursing from Wichita State University. After working in labor and  deliver, long term care, and family clinics, as well as for a time in a  South American clinic, she is excited to be working with parents and  children.

"Adult education was a part of my nursing career that I  greatly enjoyed, and working with parents to enhance the lives of their  children will be a rewarding privilege."

Becky Suderman- Educator



Becky has been with Marion  County PAT since April 2008.  She graduated from Kansas State University  with a B.S. in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Family  Studies.  She was a classroom teacher for 7 years and then decided to  become a stay-at home mommy after the birth of her second child.   

   "I cannot think of anything I love more than working with children and  their parents!  It is such a joy and privilege to watch them grow and  change!"

Patty Traxson- Educator



Patty has been with Marion County  PAT since August 2013. She graduated from KSU with a B.S. in Family and  Child Development.   Besides raising her three children, Patty has been  employed as a Special Education Para-educator and an Elementary School  Library Aide for the last 21 years.  She recently moved to Peabody and  is in close proximity to her three children and their families.  She  likes to spend time with her family, working on her house projects, but  loves getting to spend time with her grandson.  
“I have enjoyed meeting families all over the county and experiencing with them the joys and concerns of raising children.” 

Upcoming Group Connections

Time to visit the Zoo!

Join Parents as Teachers for the annual Sedgwick County Zoo trip.  Enjoy some snacks and family time!  The animals will be so glad to see you!

See the attached flyer for details.  Be sure to RSVP!

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Contact Us

Get in Touch!

If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our programs, 

feel free to send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Marion County Parents As Teachers

812 East A. Street, Hillsboro, KS 67063, US

(620) 947-4041