Education

PATHwHelp, Inc. aka PATH

  • Hiawassee, GA
  • http://www.pathwhelp.org

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Mission Statement

PATH provides free homework help and parent support in a safe and secure environment. Many parents are apprehensive about the security of their children on today's Internet. Path has partnered with WHOA (Working to Halt Online Abuse) in order to effect a place that provides the maximum of opportunity for students to learn from volunteer teachers dedicated to education and the future of today's students without fear of Internet problems. Parents are provided with support groups and instruction in Internet safety and security and all areas of education are enriched. PATH fills the need for a safe and secure learning environment for today's students and their parents in the international community.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer

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Dr. Patricia Burgess

Keywords

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HOMEWORK HELP, Teacher, Volunteer, Free Homework Service, Parent Support, Internet

Also Known As

P,A,T,H,

EIN

20-2849110

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

In order to assist students, PATH will utilize · live help rooms where students will be in contact with a teacher in one to one private message in order to secure assistance; · an email or paging service where students will complete an online form asking their homework question or posing their situation and asking for clarification: the form will be emailed to a small group of teachers who will answer the student by private email; · a variety of message board where students will post their homework assistance requests and receive answers posted by teacher to the message board. · a student newsletter mailed monthly with an overview of services, homework tips, news of upcoming events in PATH, and a note to parents; · a Special Services unit where Special Education and Home Schooled students may receive specialized assistance with homework in a live one on one room or by email along with Parental Support groups; · an organized effort to enlist students ages 16 through college to serve as 'Student Teachers' working alongside other teachers in the rooms, via email and on the boards; and · a partnership with WHOA to assure Internet safety and security for all students utilizing PATH and classes on Internet safety, security, bullying, identity theft, and other security issues.

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PATHwHelp, Inc. aka PATH

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Principal Officer

Dr. Patricia Burgess

BIO

Dr. Patricia Sutton Burgess is a retired high school teacher, college professor, and college administrator who is spending her retirement founding an Internet Homework Help Site. Dr. Burgess taught American Literature, Senior Composition, and AP English at the High School Level, and American Literature, Freshman Composition, Research Techniques, Contemporary Literature, Education Psychology, Educational Methods, Philosophy of Education, and Public Speaking at Mercer University where she also was the Dean of the Douglas Satellite Campus handling faculty selection, hiring, and assignment, plant operation, budgeting, financial aide, student counseling, course planning, registration, and scheduling. She also has been a contributing author to a number of textbooks on American Literature, Research Directives, SAT, GRE, MCAT, and PSAT preparation manuals for a leading publisher. She has published one novel, several teaching guides in the field of American Literature, and a research guide. During her retirement, she has begun a novel, a series of children?s books, and a collection of memoirs based upon her grandparents. In addition, Dr. Burgess was employed as the Manager for the Ask-A-Teacher Homework Help Community of America OnLine where she had worked as an online teacher, a live help room host, manager of the email service, Assistant Manager of the entire program and finally as the Manager. This was the leading homework help service on the Internet for a number of years and was recognized by Newsweek, The New York Times, Good Morning America, and a number of TV and radio outlets across the country. The New York Times featured Dr. Burgess and the Ask-A-Teacher program in a pictorial article lauding its role in Distance Learning. In addition, The Macon Telegraph recognized Ask-A-Teacher and Dr. Burgess for the service to students. Long a proponent of Distance Learning, Dr. Burgess has been the keynote speaker for the Alabama Association for Distance Learning and has published a number of articles on the subject as well as a visiting lecturer for colleges in her area. In this capacity, Dr. Burgess served two terms on the President's Council on Education. Recognition for teaching excellence came to Dr. Burgess in the form of two selections as Teacher of the Year, one as Master Teacher of the Year, selection to Who's Who in United States Education and several other such publications. While with AOL, Dr. Burgess was singled out for recognition for best practices in Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Logic. No stranger to working with volunteers, Dr. Burgess has spent all of her adult coordinating volunteer efforts, training volunteers, and supervising their activities. Working with PTA groups, church groups, and finally with Ask A Teacher. The years of experience in recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers brought academic assistance to as many as 50,000 students per week under the tutelage of as many as 1200 volunteers serving in 30 live help rooms, 100 message boards, and an email service. Students from every state of the union sought and received assistance. The response of students came in the form of kudos, general appreciation and parental support. The leadership of Dr. Burgess in this phenomenal undertaking was most influential in its success. Dr. Burgess holds a B.S. Ed. in English Education, a M.S Ed in English, and a M.S.Ed in Gifted Education all from Georgia Southern University; a M. Ed in Education Administration and Teacher Supervision from West Georgia University; and, a Ph.D in English from Harvard University.

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