Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Lisa Shields joined New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service as associate director of a parent education program with the home economics department.
Shields works with clients referred from the New Mexico Works welfare-to-work program; the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program; and the new Family Resource Centers, which offer parenting education to NMSU housing residents. Educational programs focus on feeding and related family dynamics.
"We're already doing parenting education at four sites in the area, so our most immediate priority every day is continuing quality parenting education services," Shields said.
Within the next few years, Shields said she would like to focus on expanding parenting education services into Otero, Luna and Sierra counties and eventually throughout the entire state.
"I'd like to see parenting skills training become as instinctive and natural as taking your child to the pediatrician, for people to view it as a part of natural developmental training," she said.
Shields earned a bachelor's degree in social work from NMSU in 1993 and a master's degree in family and consumer sciences in 1997. She still works as a part-time college instructor at the university.
Shields previously worked at the Community Action Agency in Doņa Ana County, Families and Youth Inc., Pro Family Services under contract for the U.S. Department of Defense and the Las Cruces Public Schools.
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