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I am proud to be a school social worker with Richfield Public Schools. I currently serve 2 schools, as a half-time social worker at Richfield College Experience (RCEP) and half-time at Richfield High School. In my social work role at Richfield Public Schools, I help to assess and find barriers to overcoming psychosocial stressors that impact their education and attendance. Other aspects of my role include crisis intervention, short-term counseling, advocacy of student needs, addressing issues such as homelessness and family violence, and information and referral to community resources and mental health providers. My role also includes improving social and emotional learning in our school settings to ensure best success for ALL students.
I began working for Richfield Public Schools in August 2019. Prior to my work, I was a social worker for 11 years at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, where I was honored to work with families and patients in a variety of settings. One of my favorite positions before this was as a social worker at a homeless agency in Chicago, where I spent several years working in a transitional housing program for single homeless moms and their children. In a case manager role, I learned so much from them about strength and resilience. I received my Master’s in Social Work in 2003 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and remain a Tarheels fan!
In my personal life, I spend time outside of work with my husband, son, and daughter. We enjoy South Minneapolis and the beauty around us, with parks, trails, and local restaurants. My favorite weekend days are days where nothing is scheduled! I was born on the East Coast so I am slowly adjusting to winters here. I have recently been trying to embrace it by taking ski lessons and family ski adventures.
Degrees and Certifications:
I graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Family Resources and Women's Studies. In 2005, I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Social Work and in 2009 I became a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) by the State of Minnesota.
School social workers play a vital role in Richfield Public Schools. Our top priority is reducing barriers to student success. High-quality education and academic achievement are at the core of our mission, however, many of our students come to school facing challenges in their homes, communities, or personal lives. As school social workers, we strive to link the supports of the home, school, and community for students. We promote Richfield’s core values of caring, respect, honesty, and responsibility. We work to make our schools a welcoming, healthy, supportive, and safe environment for our students and their families.
As the school social worker at Richfield High School, I work collaboratively with teachers, counselors, administrators and community providers in an effort to help students overcome barriers to achievement. Some important parts of my job include: coordinating attendance interventions and promoting good attendance; providing counseling, problem-solving, crisis prevention and intervention with students and small groups; making referrals to services, including our school-based providers (Nystrom & Associates, Cornerstone, Richfield Health Resource Center); identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect; facilitating RHS’ LGBTQ group, GLOW (Gay, Lesbian or Whatever), and coordinating the Spartan Food Shelf. The Spartan Food Shelf provides teen-friendly food items, hygiene supplies, household items, winter gear and school supplies to students who need them. As your school social worker, I am here to help your student learn, grow, and excel.
I have been working in Richfield Public Schools since 2007. In addition to working at RHS, I also worked in the Richfield Transition Program from 2007-2016. I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Minnesota in 2005 and became licensed as an LICSW in 2008. I find RHS students to be incredibly resilient and hard-working and it is my goal to help students feel nurtured, safe and supported while at school.
In my personal life, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two sons. We love watching the Minnesota Timberwolves and going to see plays and musicals together. I also enjoy connecting with friends, listening to 90’s R&B music and snuggling with my basset hound, Roberta.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”. - Nelson Mandela