Joni Shook, recently retired from a public school teaching career and active in community affairs, has accepted an appointment to manage program outreach with the Monique Burr Foundation for Children Inc., based in Jacksonville, Florida.
Dedicated to protecting children from all forms of child abuse and bullying through prevention education programs, the foundation's mission is to positively impact the community at large, to improve families’ lives and to provide hope for victimized children.
"Joni has been a loyal supporter of our mission to provide programs designed to prevent child abuse and bullying in Duval County as a district level specialist in school counseling," Lynn Layton, executive director of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, said. "We are fortunate to have her join our team.”
Shook, who earned her master’s degree from the University of North Florida, belongs to the American School Counselor Association, Florida School Counselor Association and First Coast Counseling Association, and has won multiple awards throughout her career.
"I have been an ambassador for the Monique Burr Foundation for Children to my school counselor colleagues throughout Florida," Shook said. "I am honored to expand the outreach efforts for the MBF Child Safety Matters program. I have first-hand knowledge of the effectiveness of the program in preventing child abuse and bullying."
The Monique Burr Foundation for Children Inc., founded in 1997 by Edward Burr, is named for his late wife, devoted child advocate Monique Burr.