As the pandemic continues, it is important for parents and caregivers to have the tools to help kids through this stressful and uncertain time.  In this virtual session Live on the Fayetteville Public Library's Facebook page, we will focus on whole-child wellness and participants will hear from local professionals regarding children's physical health, mental health, and academic success. There will be a Q & A session at the end. Attendees are encouraged to presubmit questions to Registration is encouraged, but not required for this event and opens Tuesday, September 1 at 9am. Participants will receive a reminder email in advance of the program and will receive a recording of the event and any slides or resources after the event. 

This program is part of the library’s Parenting Workshop Series that aims to provide timely and relevant resources to parents and caregivers.  The series will cover a variety of topics that affect children birth to 18.   

Panelists include: 

Dr. Stacy Furlow – Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics 

Dr. Furlow is a Board Certified Pediatrician and has been part of NWA Pediatrics since 2000. She is a native to northwest Arkansas, and enjoys the many activities available in this area with her husband and children. 

Dr. Jamie Frala – University of Arkansas, Lecturer of Psychology 

Dr. Jamie Frala teaches Developmental Psychology and Abnormal Psychology at University of Arkansas. As a mother of 4 children ranging from age 2 to 10, she knows the messiness and uncertainty of parenthood, especially during times of upheaval. Dr. Frala earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Arkansas. 

Justin Minkel – Jones Elementary School, Teacher 

Justin Minkel has been a teacher for 20 years, and his honors include becoming the 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, a National Board Certified Teacher, and a 2015 Inductee into the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation's Hall of Honor. He writes a monthly column for Education Week Teacher and started The Home Library Effect, a project to put books into the hands and homes of children living in poverty. Justin is also a dad to Aidan and Ariana, ages 9 and 12, who attend the Fayetteville Public Schools. 

John Thompson – TLC Tutoring Co., Co-owner   

Mr. Thompson is the Co-Owner of TLC Tutoring Co. and the director of the TLC Community Foundation. He holds a BA in Political Science from Arkansas State University. Mr. Thompson is an accomplished public speaker and panelist, speaking on a range of topics from intersectionality to education.