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School Health Professionals

Student support personnel include a multi-disciplinary team of teachers, administrators, nurses, occupational & physical therapists, speech/language therapists, reading specialists, special educators, pupil personnel workers, social workers, instructional assistants, custodial staff, cafeteria employees, bus drivers, and parent helpers who function as part of the educational support team in a school building.
            The team members listed below are part of the above-mentioned dedicated team of support personnel who facilitate the educational, psychological, behavioral, and social/emotional development of our students.

SCHOOL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Wendy Carver, Jackie Knauer, Elena Suslova-Lloyd, Laura Stanfield, Darien Best and Nancy Umberger offer support services as they work with students, parents, teachers, administrators, other school personnel, and the school community as a whole.  Many of the services provided by this team may be similar in nature, but each of these professionals offer unique areas of expertise which benefit our school.  Mrs. Christine Millen is a private counselor from Baylife who also provides individual counseling services to select students.  She is not a BCPS employee.

Individual Distinctions

Mrs. Wendy Carver and Ms. Jackie Knauer, The School Counselors, can:

  • orient new students and familiarize students with school procedures
  • aid students in school adjustments
  • help students develop better peer relations
  • encourage attendance, achievement, and positive self - concept
  • teach decision making and problem solving skills
  • consult with teachers, parents, and staff for student success
  • familiarize students with the world of work and career awareness
  • help with parent/child relationships
  • provide individual and small group counseling
  • conduct classroom developmental guidance lessons
  • provide age appropriate and developmental guidance resources
  • collaboratively work with support service personnel
  • offer referral information about outside agencies
  • participate in SST/IEP Team [classroom observations, consultation, and report counseling progress]
  • provide staff development
  • conduct parenting classes
  • assist in the completion of Functional Behavior Assessments and the development of behavior management plans
  • assist with holiday giving programs
  • develop school-wide programs to enhance positive academic and social development
  • serve as Child Protective Services Liaison
  • serve as Homeless liaison
  • provide support services to families living at the homeless shelter
  • provide students with mentors

Mrs. Carver and Ms. Knauer are both full time at Shady Spring Elementary.

Dr. Elena Suslova-Lloyd, The School Psychologist, can:

  • consult with school staff regarding student needs [academic, social, and behavior]
  • assist in the completion of Functional Behavior Assessments and the development of behavior management plans
  • act as consultant/resource for parents and community services
  • share parenting techniques and child development information
  • conduct psychological evaluations
  • identify student’s strengths and needs [classroom observation, curriculum based assessment, formal assessment]
  • interpret test data to school staff and parents
  • assess academic, social/emotional, and behavioral difficulties
  • assist in instructional/curricular modifications or adaptations
  • share information to assist in the development of IEP’s
  • participate in the SST/IEP Team process [pre-referral interventions and evaluation]
  • provide staff development
  • facilitate parent support and education groups
  • provide individual and small group counseling

Dr. Lloyd is in our building on Mondays and Thursdays.

Ms. Laura Stanfield, The School Social Worker, can:

  • complete family (psycho/social) assessments
  • conduct home visits
  • serve as a liaison between home and school
  • conduct individual, group, and family counseling
  • conduct class meetings
  • assess cultural, economic, and social-emotional factors impacting school success
  • monitor school, home, and community related factors
  • identify needs for intensive treatment, support, or outside services
  • provide follow-up contact and support to families
  • serve as a child advocate for social services
  • optimize family functioning by providing parenting skills and training
  • consult with families regarding wellness case services
  • function integrally as part of a school/community/agency team
  • participate in the team process [diagnostic & related services]
  • implement program policy and development
  • provide professional development for school staff
  • provide consultation to school staff regarding individual student classroom management and discipline
  • participate in attendance/residency concerns
  • assist in securing counseling services from local outside agencies
  • participate in SST/IST and IEP meetings
  • Provide support services to families living at the homeless shelter

Ms. Stanfield is in our building on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

Mr. Darien Best, Behavior Intervention Specialist, can:

  • Provide support to individual students for problem solving and goal setting
  • Provide a time out setting for individuals
  • Provide follow-up to individual students in the classroom
  • Provide classroom management support
  • Develop behavior plans
  • Participate in SST/IEP meetings
  • Serve as a liaison between home, school, and community
  • Provide consultation to school staff regarding individual students, classroom management, and discipline
  • Serve on committees
  • Plan and implement programs
  • Assist parents in problem solving
  • Provide follow-up contact and support to teachers, families, and administration
  • Input and interpret behavioral data

Mr. Best is full time at Shady Spring Elementary.

 

Mrs. Nancy Umberger, The Behavior Support IA, can:

  • Provide support to individual students for problem solving and goal setting
  • Provide a time out setting for individuals
  • Provide follow-up to individual students in the classroom
  • Develop behavior plans
  • Participate in SST/IEP meetings
  • Serve as a liaison between home, school, and community
  • Provide consultation to school staff regarding individual students, classroom management, and discipline
  • Serve on committees
  • Plan and implement programs
  • Assist parents in problem solving
  • Provide follow-up contact and support to teachers, families, and administration
  • Input and interpret behavioral data

Mrs. Umberger is full time at Shady Spring Elementary.

 

Mrs. Christine Millen, Baylife Counselor
Mrs. Millen is a counselor from the Franklin Square Counseling Center.  Baylife is the school-based part of their counseling program.  Mrs. Millen is here Mondays, Tuesdays and Friday mornings to offer individual counseling to our students.  Parents must contact Baylife, work out a payment plan (may be insurance) and have an initial intake meeting with her before counseling can begin.  Brochures are available from Wendy, Jackie, Darien, Nancy and Jean Rodgers (School Nurse) to offer to parents.  We can refer parents to Baylife, but they must make the contact and set up the counseling.  Please see Wendy, Jackie, Darien, Nancy or Jean Rodgers if you have questions about this service.

 

 

 

Homeless Liaison

Ms. Knauer is the Homeless Liaison for Shady Spring Elementary.  Parents who are homeless or would like clarification of the Baltimore County homeless policies can contact Ms. Knauer, or our enrollment secretary, Mrs. Milazzo, at 410-887-0509.