Hello Allendale Elementary School students and families! Welcome to our School. I am the School Social Worker for the 4th and 5th grade. This is my 24th year working in the Melvindale-Northern Allen Park School District. I graduated in 1979 with my Bachelors degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. (GO BLUE!!) I received my Masters in Social Work (MSW) in 1981 from Michigan State University. (GO GREEN!!) Prior to working for Melvindale Schools, I was a Child and Family Therapist, Shelter Director for First Step, a Hospital Social Worker, and was in private practice. On a personal note, I have two adult children who are married to awesome spouses, and four beautiful grandchildren. My fiancé and I love to spend time with our family, traveling, working in the yard, and spending time with friends!
At Allendale, I provide individual and group counseling to students, and classroom presentations focusing on improving their emotional well-being, social skills, and academic skills. I always enjoy watching our students grow, learn new skills, and improve their mental health!
This school year will look very different for all of us, but we will get through this together. I am excited to start this new school year with our awesome Allendale students and the most caring and amazing staff I know!
Please check out our Mental Health page on the district website for a wealth of resources! Feel free to email me or call me if you have any questions, concerns, or need resources. I look forward to working with you and your child!