I am one of three School Social Workers for the district. I travel between E.P. Clarke Elementary and Lincoln Elementary. This is my 23rd year with the district.
One great thing about my job is that everyday is different! My job is made up of a variety of tasks and is really interesting because I work with kids from Young Fives through 5th grade. At the elementary level, I see students individually, in small groups, and in the classroom regularly.
In the classroom, I teach Social Emotional Learning (SEL) including skills for problem-solving, emotional regulation, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and flexibility. My classroom sessions focus on our Bear Necessities.
I also coordinate the Conflict Manager and Circle of Friends program.
Thanks to teacher discussion, student interest and parent support, both programs have high numbers of students participating and have a positive impact on our overall school climate.
I am also available to parents and teachers to help problem-solve and access community resources.
After graduating from high school, I attended Central Michigan University where I graduated with a B.A. in Sociology. I then attended the University of Michigan where I received my Masters of Social Work degree. Before joining St. Joseph Public Schools, I worked for two years as an outpatient therapist at Tropical Texas in Harlingen, Texas.