Hello! My name is Brianne Van Hekken; most people refer to me as "Bri". I am thrilled to support students and staff at both Brown (Y5-5) and Lincoln (Y5-2) Elementary Schools in the role of school social worker. Although I am new to the district, I did spend eight years in a neighboring school district supporting students with their social emotional learning (SEL) and needs. I am a St. Joseph High School graduate as well as a graduate of Hope College (Psychology and Dance) and Grand Valley State University, where I earned my Masters in Social Work. I have always worked in field of the helping profession and feel called to serve and support others.
St. Joseph has always been home for me with the exception of moving away for college. I am married and have two children, who also attend St. Joseph Public Schools. I am proud to be a part of this community and proud to be a contributor to this school district! Please feel free to reach out to me at any time!