Mental Health Awareness Month

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

Valeta Dixon, School Social Worker

My name is Valeta Dixon and I am a School Social Worker. I graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and Psychology and earned my Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. I have worked in Caroline County for over twenty years and currently serve Lewis and Clark Elementary, Madison Elementary and Caroline High School as part of their support staff. My main responsibilities include: helping support the academic, behavioral, social/emotional needs of students through general education or special education avenues as part of the child study, eligibility and IEP teams within each school, meeting with families to complete Sociocultural Assessments and obtaining adaptive behavior information and identifying and linking students and families for community-based services to help provide support.  

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.    

Susan Gayle has been working with Caroline County Public Schools since 1984, first as a volunteer and then as a substitute school teacher.

Susan has been the Parent Teacher Resource Coordinator since 1994.  She has provided professional development workshops on a variety of topics relating to Special Education to faculty and families. Susan is currently the Certified Mandt Crisis Prevention trainer and has been since 2006,

Since 2014, Susan received Basic Mediation Training, is the Certified LEAP trainer for VCU-Partnership for People with Disabilities, Mental Health First Aid, ASIST Suicide, Suicide Alertness, Parents as Collaborative Leaders-Basic and Advanced. Since 2015- Certified Trainer for Ruby Payne-Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World, Bridges Out of Poverty.  Since 2017- Career Counselor-DARS-Section 511 Trainer for VCU.

As the Homebound/Homebased Coordinator, she collaborates with faculty, staff, and families to enhance teaching and learning, provide support and promote shared resources and services.Susan has served in many leadership roles: consultant to the Special Education Advisory Committee since 2002, Chairperson for the Family Fair Planning Team and the Fredericksburg Area Council on Transition (FACT).  

Susan is glad to be a “listening ear” for families and staff.

 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.  

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