Welcome! I joined JVSD as the K-12 school social worker in August 2016. I have 17 years of post-master's level experience with children, adolescents, adults and families. I received my BSW at Juniata College in 2001 and my MSW at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2002.
I have a license in clinical social work and am a registered play therapist-supervisor. I am also a ScreamFree Certified Leader. I have worked in primary care/women's healthcare offices, outpatient therapy, partial hospitalization programs, behavioral health inpatient units and residential treatment facilities in addition to recreation centers and mentoring organizations.
I am the mother of two children, a 12-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter. I have been married for 15 years to Scott Maslanik, who is beginning his 22nd year at JVSD as the health, physical education and driver's education teacher.
ABOUT SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK:
A school social worker helps others manage and cope with stress, regardless of the source, and performs multiple roles throughout the day. Some of these include individual, group, family and classroom interventions/lessons.
Sometimes, a student may have an immediate need and see the school social worker only one time. Other times, a student may need short-term, regular sessions, or longer-term contact. The goal of any contact with a school social worker is to improve social-emotional well-being and management of stress which promotes overall academic success.
Remember, learning can be very challenging if a student is overwhelmed by thoughts, feelings and stress! Please feel free to call or e-mail me with concerns or needs your child might have.
All students in 6th through 12th grade will be trained in the Safe 2 Say Something program on Monday, February 18, 2019. This is a state-wide initiative launched by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office in collaboration with Sandy Hook Promise.
STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:
Our Student Assistance Program (SAP) meets every other week to discuss student needs and concerns and determine what will best support our students. Brochures, referral forms, consent forms and behavioral-observation forms can be found on the right-hand side of this webpage. Anyone can make a referral to SAP if there is a concern about a student. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail me!
SAP Team Members
||School Social Worker
||High School Principal
||High School Dean of Students/Learning Support
||Life Skills Teacher
|Andra Sipols Minor
||SAP Liaison/Youth Advocate Programs
|Melody Fortney/Laura Crawford
||SAP Liaison/Mainstream Counseling