Mental Health Awareness Month

 In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are spotlighting our current staff who support employee and student wellness.  

Laura Mosonyi, Occupational Therapist

Hello!  My name is Laura Mosonyi and I am an occupational therapist.  You may see me throughout the county working with some of our special needs students.  I help them discover their strengths, improve their skills, and develop adaptations so that they can access the curriculum and  be successful in the school environment. I often help students develop improved sensory processing skills, visual-motor integration skills, motor coordination, and self-care skills.  In addition, I  am also a part of our county’s assistive technology team where we provide adaptive equipment and a variety of technologies to help students function in school.  I mostly work at Lewis and Clark, Caroline Middle School, and Caroline High School but you may see me at the other schools from time to time as well.  

This is what I do, and I appreciate what you do!  #OneCaroline

Mental Health Awareness Month

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are spotlighting our current staff who support employee and student wellness.  

Margarete Jeffer, School Social Worker

My name is Margarete Jeffer and I am a career switcher. Initially, I received a business degree in Administration and Supervision for Culinary and Textile Arts from the College for Domestic Administration, Culinary, and Textile Arts in Germany. I then worked as a Resident Director of Business Administration and Domestic Affairs and most of our support staff were Refugees and Immigrants, battling War-Trauma, PTSD, and Mental Health issues. In my effort to support and counsel them, I realized that I needed specific training to be more effective. Therefore, I went back to school and got my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work with focusing on clinical Psychology, Social Welfare, and Immigration. I came to Richmond as part of an exchange student program and worked with women and children in the Domestic Violence situation. Returning to Germany, I finished my degree and a year later returned to VCU to obtain my American Master’s Degree in Social Work, Planning, and Administration.

I have been working in Caroline County for over 12 years now and currently serve Bowling Green Elementary School and Caroline Middle School. I am involved in Child Study and Eligibility meetings, Risk and Threat Assessments, short term counseling sessions, social-emotional learning, and trauma-informed care. I am working on different committees to improve the academic outcomes for students and support families and staff by providing and connecting students and families to resources. Now, I am reminded daily, why I became a Social Worker in the first place when working with students affected by Trauma and Mental Health issues. In my free time, I still love to use my degree in Culinary and Textile Arts. I do many home-improvement projects, reupholstering furniture, floral arrangements, and cooking for my family and friends.

This is what I do, and I appreciate what you do!  #OneCaroline

Early Childhood Specific Resources

Therapist Thursdays: Tips and Tools to Supporting Little Ones at Home
https://bit.ly/362hW4I
Therapist Thursdays: Tips and Tools to Supporting Little Ones at Home Sponsored by Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)Every Thursday at 1:30 PM
Many of us with young children have been looking for easy ways to work on skill building during this extended time at home. How do we work on therapies in our homes? Do we have the tools in place? Where do we even begin?
Whether your child is already receiving therapies – like speech language, PT, OT, or behavior therapy – or you just want to learn more, join us each Thursday as an early childhood specialist shares SIMPLE and FUN ideas on how to build skills and activities into our everyday routines. Q&A time will be available.
Coming up 5/21 – Everyday Hands-On Activities with Young Children
VCU-ACE COVID-19 and Early Childhood Playlist of Resources
https://bit.ly/2zMbsuz
VCU-ACE COVID-19 and Early Childhood Playlist of Resources
Virginia Commonwealth University’s Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE) is delighted to announce the development of early childhood specific resources for families raising young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These resources are designed to support families through the challenges and disruptions of the COVID-19 event as well as support families in understanding topics related to ASD and child development. While a VCU-ACE Early Childhood website is currently under development, you can find all these new resources right now in a COVID-19 and Early Childhood Playlist on YouTube at https://bit.ly/2WBsm8i in your web browser.
To sign up for the general ACE eNewsletter, which will include early childhood specific updates about once a month, to join the mailing list, by visiting https://bit.ly/2Z8LhsY in your web browser.

Mental Health Awareness Month

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are spotlighting our current staff who support employee and student wellness.  

Wendy Carannante, MS, Ed.S, NCSP

 My name is Wendy Carannante.  I am a part-time school psychologist supporting Caroline County Public Schools.  I work to evaluate students through assessments and observations and collaborate with teachers and parents.  This is my first year with Caroline County and I am excited to be working with diverse teams in the schools.

 This is what I do, and I appreciate what you do!  #OneCaroline

Mental Health Awareness Month

 In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are spotlighting our current staff who support employee and student wellness.  

Elizabeth Willett, EdS. NCSP

  Hello! My name is Beth Willett and I’ve been a school psychologist in Caroline County for 20 years. I attended Mary Baldwin College and James Madison University before completing my graduate studies at The College of William and Mary.
I serve all five of the schools in the county, providing assessments for special education, consultation for teachers, and support for students. My website is http://ewillett.blogs.ccps.us/, where you can find more information on topics related to psychology, learning, and special education resources.

This is what I do, and I appreciate what you do!  #OneCaroline