School Staff Supports

In accessing support and guidance for your child in any area of concern, it is recommended that you start with your classroom teacher and/or your building administration at the elementary level and your school counselor at the secondary level. They are there to guide and facilitate the connections of support. In addition to your classroom teacher and administration there are a variety of highly skilled and trained staff in Student Support who can help you access the systems of support and work with you to assure we address and meet your child’s well-being needs. These staff members typically attend the Student Support Team (SST) meetings in each school.

District support staff include:

Health Services

The Health Services team collaborates with educational and support services within the school and the community to promote student health for student achievement. Licensed school nurses (LSN) and health paraprofessionals work together to meet students’ physical, social, and emotional health needs, in addition to promoting the health and safety of the entire school community. Our school health offices are staffed each student day by a health services paraprofessional with licensed school nurse support in the building or on-call within the District.

The Licensed School Nurse with the health professional promotes and maintains the health and well-being of all students. The LSN are registered nurses with a BSN and are licensed in public health and school nursing. The nurse will provide referrals to community resources as needed in collaboration with the parents. Health Paraprofessionals provide routine and emergency first aid care to students and staff with illness and injuries. They provide care to students with chronic medical conditions as delegated by the LSN. View the Health Services website for more resources and forms.

Contact Information

SchoolNamePhone
Clear Springs

Sara Johnson
Beth McAuley

952-401-6950
952-401-6950

Deephaven

Anne Fligge
Carol Traynor

952-401-6900
952-401-6900

Excelsior

Rebekah Moscatelli
Kerry Sellman

952-401-5650
952-401-5650

Groveland

Tracey Hickey
Patricia Stang

952-401-5600
952-401-5600

Minnewashta

Jean Tokar

952-401-5000

Scenic Heights

Ann Haugh
Susan Rockers

952-401-5400
952-401-5700

MME

Jessica Giebenhain952-401-5200
MMW

Rachel Snyder952-401-5300

MHSRhonda Kullman
Rogene Meriwether

Susan Rockers

952-401-5700

952-401-5700
952-401-5700

School Counselor

School counselors make a measurable impact in every student’s life, assisting with academic, career and personal/social development. A school counselor is a member of the education team, and is someone who gives valuable assistance to students, helping them with their academic goals, their social and personal development, and with their career development. Utilizing leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, school counselors promote student success, provide preventive services, and respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.

Professional school counselors are trained in both educating and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student’s goals, abilities and any areas needing improvement. School counselors provide services not only to students in need, but to all students. School counselors spend most of their time in direct service to and contact with students. School counselors' duties are focused on the overall delivery of the total program through school counseling core curriculum, individual student planning and responsive services.

In Minnetonka Public Schools, the role of the school counselor is to be the primary person of support that parents and teacher seek to assist students. Particularly, in the secondary settings the counselor coordinates the information across settings and facilitates the process to ensure student success.

Contact Information

SchoolNamePhone
Clear Springs

Amy Horning (Social Worker)

952-401-6950

Deephaven

Howard Siegel

952-401-6900

Excelsior

Anjanette Johnson

952-401-5650

Groveland

Donna Dahl (Social Worker)

952-401-5600

Minnewashta

Adam Jorgenson952-401-5500

Scenic Heights

Courtney Davis

952-401-5400

MME

Dawn Bruesehoff
Tara Kamann
Matthew Lichty
Lindsay Stashek
952-401-5200
952-401-5200

952-401-5200
952-401-5200

MMW

Neil Dejewski
Paula Ikola Erbisch
Laura Rosati
952-401-5300

952-401-5300
952-401-5300

MHSDavid Bierly
Bradley Burnham
Theresa Exenberger
Kathryn Haagenson
Jennifer Stout
Kendra Olson
Jennifer Poole-Stout
Christina Taylor
Phil Trout
Amanda Wavrin
Mary Wiig

952-401-5700
952-401-5700

952-401-5700
952-401-5700
952-401-5700
952-401-5700
952-401-5700
952-401-5700
952-401-5700
952-401-5700
952-401-5700

School Social Worker

School social workers are an integral link between school, home, and community in helping students achieve academic success. They work directly with school administrations and the building Student Support Team, as well as students and families, providing leadership in well-being assessments, crisis management, and support services. The social worker acts as part of an interdisciplinary team to help students succeed. The school social workers also facilitate community referrals and involvement in the schools while advocating for student success.

The Minnetonka Public Schools social workers provide direct and indirect support to students with special needs in the area of social, emotional and behavioral interventions. Often the school social worker may be a first contact in gathering a health and educational history when a student is referred for an evaluation for special education. The school social worker provides evidence based supported education, intervention services; individual and small groups, and promotes the school climate and maximizes connections for students, families and community resources.

Contact Information

SchoolNamePhone
Clear Springs

Amy Horning

952-401-6950

Deephaven

Jessica Thull

952-401-6900

Excelsior

Jessica Thull

952-401-6900

Groveland

Donna Dahl

952-401-5600

Minnewashta

Kevin Wagner

952-401-5500

Scenic Heights

Elizabeth Warden

952-401-5400

MME

Katie Klemme952-401-5200
MMW

Erin Brown

952-401-5300
MHSMelissa Feller
Kathleen Leisman
952-401-5700
952-401-5700

School Psychologist

School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community. School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).

In Minnetonka Public Schools, the role of the school psychologist is predominately dedicated towards the process of evaluating and re-evaluating students for special education services. Each psychologist is a part of the school’s Student Support Team that oversees the per-referral and intervention process. In this process, data is analyzed and ideas for interventions are created and monitored. If a special education assessment is required, the psychologist’s role is the following: administer, evaluate and interpret results of individual assessment instruments/procedures that measure learning ability/cognitive assessments and social, emotional, and behavior development.

Contact Information

SchoolNamePhone
Clear Springs

Talia Lehmann

952-401-5000

Deephaven

Natalie Hanson

952-401-5000

Excelsior

Sarah Dittberner

952-401-5650

Groveland

Joann Vitztum-Komanecki952-401-5600
Minnewashta

Amanda Mattke952-401-5500

Scenic Heights

Amanda Mattke

952-401-5500

MME

Sarah Dittberner

952-401-5650

MMW

Talia Lehmann

952-401-5000
MHSJonna Hirsch952-401-5000

Social, Emotional & Behavioral Strategist

The district strategist supports students, staff, and families early childhood through grade 12 and provides support identifying and implementing strategies and best practices for students struggling with social, emotional, behavioral, communication, and/or learning needs. The district strategist works with staff to embed strategies in the general and special education settings. In addition to providing information regarding best practice, the district strategist provides staff coaching, model teaching, and support with curriculum and programming development. The strategist works with teams to implement behavioral programming that allows students to access their education in the least restrictive environment. They lead professional development for both special and general education teachers and support staff across the district.

Contact Information

SchoolNamePhone
District-WideTBD
952-401-5013

Student Support Services Facilitator

Student Support Services Facilitators provide leadership for building level special education departments. Facilitators are licensed special education teachers. Facilitators coordinate and monitor the school district system for referral including Child Study Team, assessment and service options for students who meet special education criteria. In addition to monitoring the Child Study Team, facilitators attend and participate in Student Support Teams. Facilitators administer, evaluate and interpret results of individual assessment instruments/procedures that measure academic achievement and social, emotional, and behavior development. Facilitators assure building level due process compliance within their buildings.

Student Support Services Facilitators team with building counseling staff to generate schedules for incoming students that receive special education services. In addition to collaborating with school counselors, facilitators work to resolve programming concerns for students in special education.

Contact Information

SchoolNamePhone
Clear Springs

Kristine Pakkala

952-401-6950

Deephaven

Julie Hines952-401-6900
Excelsior

Julie Hines

952-401-6900

Groveland

Laurie Harkness

952-401-5600

Minnewashta

Kristine Pakkala

952-401-6950

Scenic Heights

Laurie Harkness

952-401-5600

MME

Erin Osgood952-401-5200
MMW

Erin Osgood


952-401-5200
MHSKristin Laughlin952-401-5700

504 Coordinator

Each building has a 504 Coordinator and this staff person works closely with the Student Support Team (SST). Section 504 is a federal law which protects the rights of persons with qualifying disabilities. 504 requires that recipients of federal funds make their programs and activities accessible to all persons with disabilities that interfere with major life activities such as: caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working. If there is a qualifying disability that your child needs accommodations for, we will review your child's information and develop and implement an accommodation plan. Learn more about 504 services.

Contact Information

SchoolNamePhone
Clear Springs

Amy Horning

952-401-6950

Deephaven

Heidi Schuchman

952-401-6900

Excelsior

Michael Savage

952-401-5650

Groveland

Anelise Peterson

952-401-5600

Minnewashta

Liz Meyers

952-401-5500

Scenic Heights

Sue Adams

952-401-5400

MME

Matt Lichty

952-401-5215

MMW

Erin Brown

MHSJennifer Crouch952-401-4033

Co-located Mental Health Services

Minnetonka Public School District also partners with community agencies to offer co-located mental health professionals and services within the school setting. This support has been accessed by referral through the Minnetonka school social worker or school counselor at their building for students that need additional intensive support and may have barriers to accessing this support outside of the school system.

CONTACT

Michelle Ferris
Executive Director of Student Support Services
Michelle.Ferris@minnetonkaschools.org
952-401-5017