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Work experience

Aug 2018present

School Social Worker, Safe Counselor Intern 

Discovery Canyon High and Middle School
  • Provides direct services through individual and small group therapy as identified through students’ needs.
  • Monitors student progress toward identified goals and program effectiveness.
  • Provides written diagnostic evaluations in determining serious emotional disabilities for classroom intervention.
  • Provides written records and data to support effective interventions.
  • Assists in the effective academic and social performance of students through appropriate programming recommendations and assists in the development of Individual Education Plans.
  • Participates in student study screenings.
Aug 2017Aug 2018

Children, Youth & Family Services Caseworker

El Paso County Department of Human Services
  • Obtain and assess information from reports made by phone, email, fax, or in person to determine whether the report constitutes alleged child maltreatment as defined by the Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Interview clients and develop appropriate treatment plans; initiate home studies and provide intensive casework services to families and children; investigate allegations of child abuse and assess imminent danger for children; make referrals to community resources and collateral contacts.
  • Monitor clients' progress and ensure that needed services are being provided, that treatment plans are being followed through in a timely manner, and determine the appropriateness of the placement and services provided.
  • Provide support services and crisis management for clients to resolve problems and conflicts.
  • Certified by state of Colorado January 2018

*Intern from Aug 2017- Dec 2018 

Aug 2014Aug 2015

Parent Educator for Parents As Teachers, Community Health Worker (ICM, MSS)

First Step Family Support Center
  • PAT is a Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Program that addresses major risk factors of child abuse and neglect, by improving parenting skills and the child’s home environment.
  • My duties included providing personal instruction, demonstrating appropriate educational activities and delivering research–based curriculum to parents regarding child development, mental health, and related issues. I managed a caseload of 22 families, who I met with twice a month.
  • Created and designed specific, client-based interventions, and my focus was on increasing parents' knowledge of early child development, which enhances parent-child attachment, and in turn, helps reduce child maltreatment.                                         
  • Conducted childhood screenings and assessments, to include:  vision, hearing, the understanding and use of language, motor development, hand-eye coordination, and health and physical development for children birth to age three.                                                     
  • Made referrals to local community agencies, as needed, and connected clients to resources within the community.
  • Within my role as a Community Health Worker, I  provided Maternity Support Services and Infant Case Management, through the duration of my client's pregnancy, up until the infant reached 6-months-old. Our high-risk clients were referred to us through local clinics, hospitals, and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services . My goal was to improve the parents' self-sufficiency in gaining access to needed medical, social, educational and other services. I performed the following duties:
    • In-person screening and assessments to identify risk factors
    • Education related to improving pregnancy and infant health outcomes
    • Client- centered interventions for identified risk factors
    • Brief counseling
    • Referral to community resources
    • Case management and care coordination
Aug 2013Jan 2014

English Teacher

American School of Durango
  • Planned, organized, and provided instruction in English in the Core Curriculum Content Standards to ESL and ELL students
  • Developed and delivered lesson plans incorporating a broad range of appropriate differentiated techniques and strategies addressing all aspects of communication that develop each student's ability to read, write, speak, and listen in content areas at levels that ensure learners meet or exceed learning targets
  • Administered academic and language assessments for the purpose of evaluating student's progress in meeting academic learning targets and progress in language acquisition
  • Provided a nurturing, supportive, and positive learning environment with high expectations that encourage student responsibility, enhance motivation, clearly communicate classroom routines, and incorporate challenging instructional strategies
  • Personally increased library with over 100 engaging English language novels
Aug 2009Aug 2013

English Teacher

Venus Middle School
  • Ready Writing, Editorial Writing and Impromptu Speaking UIL (University Interscholastic League) Coach
  • Tutor for intensive, need-based after-school program, Bulldog Academy (4 years)
  • Active member of our Site Based Campus Improvement Committee
  • Faculty council member for the Venus chapter National Junior Honor Society (4 years)
  • AVID team member
  • Certified TELPAS Rater (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System)
  • Experience in modifying instruction to fit block schedule and traditional schedule
  • Coached volleyball and track (1 year)
  • Created interesting and imaginative lesson plans in accordance with TEKS
  • Led students to a 100% pass rate on the Texas Writing TAKS


Jennifer Scott, Safe Counselor 

Discovery Canyon Campus 

Shirley Rudd, Field Supervisor

El Paso Country Child Protective Services 

Maggie Fricker, Supervisor

First Step Family Support Center

Randall Buck, Principal

Venus ISD

Melissa Rabinowitz, ELA Dept. Head

Venus ISD

Brinda Hackler, Manager

 Asset Control

Dr. Matthew Heard, Professor

University of North Texas


Springs Mental Health Summit:

  • Kathleen Karls–  How Can I Love This Kid Better?: Attachment, Trauma, and Our Brains

  • Marisela & Hernando Pena– Understanding the Unique Needs of Wounded Warriors and Their Families

  • Martha Hinson– Sources of Strength: Connectors to Help and Agents of Change in our Schools and Community for Suicide Prevention

  • Joel Roberts  – Restoring Connection in a World of Contempt

PrePare Workshop #2: Crisis Intervention and Recovery for Schools

Fundamentals of Colorado Child Welfare Casework Practice : Course Descriptions

Mandatory Reporter Training for State of Colorado 

AVID Summer Institute : Annual professional learning training where our AVID Team came together to learn the latest in AVID methodologies and strategies to successfully implement AVID in our school

Discover Writing with Gretchen Bernabei and Barry Lane : Reviving the Essay: How to Teach Structure without Formula 

Organizational Behavior : Individual behavior in formal organizations. Cases, lectures and experiential exercises in organizational culture, motivation, leadership, dynamics of power, perception and attribution, communication, decision making,  performance, and individual differences