Devastated by the recent fires that hit Northern California and the City Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa City School District faced a crisis in student and staff support never before faced by a school district in California. With over 780 students and 80 staff affected, what was the model they used? How was implementation both controversial and appropriate for the needs of their students and staff? What systems were already in place? What needs became quickly evident? This workshop will walk attendees through the theory and practice of implementation. From the perspective of cabinet level coordination with other federal, state and county agencies, to the role of the school psychologist and finally to the implementation at the school and classroom level, these experiences can provide guidance as you review your own disaster planning as well as your everyday support for trauma-informed care for student and staff.
Matthew Park, M.S. NCSP, is currently the co-lead school psychologist for Santa Rosa City Schools as well as the school psychologist at Hidden Valley Elementary School, and is supporting a Counseling in Education Program, which is a self-contained SDC class at the high school level for students with significant emotional needs.
Angela Bonner, M.A. PPS, school psychologist, is in her thirteenth year in the profession. Since graduating from San Francisco State PPS program, and an Internship with Berkeley Unified School District, Northern Nevada and Northern California School Districts have been the primary years of working experiences. She specializes in the areas of severe and handicap populations, behavior management, and autism.
Robin Wilkins is a school counselor at Rincon Valley Middle School. This is Wilkins’ ninth year as a counselor with Santa Rosa City Schools and she has worked at both the middle and high school levels. Wilkins has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sonoma State University’s Hutchins Liberal Studies program and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco.
Ed Navarro is the principal of both Rincon Valley Middle School and Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School. Prior to becoming principal, he was an assistant principal at Montgomery High School. Ed has spent the past 16 years as a teacher and administrator for Santa Rosa City Schools where he taught middle school English, was Activities Director, as well as head wrestling coach.
Briana Seely-Clark is a Restorative Specialist with Santa Rosa City Schools. She has provided restorative services in K-12 Santa Rosa City Schools for the past four years, currently working at Santa Rosa Middle School and The French American Charter School. Clark has many years working special education with a focus on EBD youth, autism, and behavioral interventions.
Steve Mizera is the assistant superintendent for Santa Rosa City Schools and works with Student & Family Services. For almost 30 years in both public and private schools, Mizera has been in the classroom, behind the principal’s desk, in charge of special education and now supports students and staff at Santa Rosa, and has countless trainings and workshops.