As we move in to the second half of the school year I am finding myself wanting to reach out to our community more and more—and to our current students and parents, in particular. Why is this? It’s partly to let families know what’s going on at PSCS day to day, and partly for me to connect with everyone on a more regular basis. In the first half of this school year, I met with over 40 current families, which provided me with a sense of connection and understanding. I’m hoping that this blog provides a way for me to keep that momentum going. Each week, I plan to write about my thoughts and observances, as well as updates on PSCS. I invite anyone in the community to share thoughts or ideas via email.
To start, I would like to introduce you to some of our new resources. Our teaching staff has benefited from both Jennifer and Megan during the first part of the year and now we are introducing them to the students.
Counselor – Jennifer Lawrence, LMFT
We have recently begun to build a consulting relationship with Jennifer Lawrence, from the Hallowell-Todaro Center. This past fall, each teaching staff member had the chance to meet one-on-one with Jennifer to talk about their advisees and ways in which Jennifer might be helpful. We asked Jennifer to introduce herself to the students in early January and she has made herself available on campus for two hours, two days a month, and is available on a consultation basis to staff as needed.
Her professional bio on the Hallowell-Todaro website reads, “Jennifer has over 13 years of experience providing both individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and their parents. Jennifer is well grounded in several evidence-based modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She has specialized training in ‘The Incredible Years’ and ‘The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality,’ as well as the assessment and treatment of gender identity concerns. Jennifer’s clinical interests center around the assessment and treatment of youth with depression, anxiety, suicidality, trauma, and gender identity concerns.”
Learning Support Specialist – Megan Reimann, MA.ED, NBCT
We’ve also begun a consulting relationship with Learning Support Specialist, Megan Reimann (pronounced Mee-gan). Megan has led three all-staff professional training opportunities, centered around learning differences and the developing brain. Her trainings have sparked great discussions and offered us new tools to ensure we are serving all our students at the highest level possible. In addition to trainings, Megan has observed our classrooms and attended a few staff meetings to help us develop plans to support students with learning differences. Megan is available on a consultation basis to all of our staff and is also willing to work with families on an as-needed basis. During the second half of the year we hope to have Megan in some classes, providing direct support for all students—not just students with learning differences.
Here is a bit from Megan’s professional bio on the Hallowell-Todaro website, “Mēgan has over 22 years of experience in education and working with students, parents, educators and related educational agencies. Her classroom teaching experiences includes: Resource Room Teacher and Inclusion Specialist at the elementary school level, Middle School Language Arts and Socials Studies teacher (in the general education classroom), Study Skills Resource Room teacher at the middle school-level, High School self-contained classroom teacher for students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and behavior problems, 2nd grade teacher in the general education setting, and finally, she went on to teach at International School in Bellevue School District 6-12th grade level as a Study Skills Teacher. Mēgan’s passion is to work with students with ADHD and other learning differences, and to help educators and parents find strength-based interventions to meet individual learning difference needs in the classroom and at home.”
Thanks for taking the time to read my first posting. I look forward to sharing more next week.
“Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” —Malala Yousafzai