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Perry Township Education Foundation Grant to Support “Summer SEL-ebration” in May

From left to right: Glenns Valley Elementary Principal, Dave Rohl; PTEF Executive Director, Mary Blake; GVE SEL Specialist, Miranda Mellendorf; GVE Social Worker, Amanda Craig; GVE Assistant Principal, Lindsay Smith; PTEF Secretary, Monica Ponce; and SEL Team Lead, Jaymee Cummings

Adult & Child’s School Based Service Line recently received exciting news about new funding to engage Perry Township Students leading up to the summer months. Adult & Child’s Miranda Mellendorf, School Based SEL Specialist, worked in collaboration with Glenns Valley Elementary School Social Worker, Amanda Craig, to apply for a Perry Township Education Foundation Grant. This is a competitive in-district grant that selects projects to fund within Perry Township Schools to create innovative ways to support students. Pictured during the check presentation are Glenns Valley Elementary Principal, Dave Rohl; PTEF Executive Director, Mary Blake; GVE SEL Specialist, Miranda Mellendorf; GVE Social Worker, Amanda Craig; GVE Assistant Principal, Lindsay Smith; PTEF Secretary, Monica Ponce; and SEL Team Lead, Jaymee Cummings. Grant funds will support a “Summer SEL-ebration” family night at Glenns Valley Elementary School in May. The event will be free of charge and guests will be able to enjoy activities such as tie dyeing, flower planting, a gratitude banner, a physical movement station, a collaborative sticker mosaic, slime, and more.

Adult & Child Health and Perry Township Schools Partner to Aid Student Learning

Adult & Child Health and Perry Township Schools are proud recipients of Indiana’s Student Learning Recovery Grant Program to help accelerate student learning. They were awarded $5.3 million of $122 million in state grant funds awarded to 110 schools and community partners by Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE).  The Student Learning Recovery Program provides grants to schools and partners to support K-12 students who have fallen behind academically due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges. As Perry Township Schools educators help bridge learning gaps in math, literacy, and college/career readiness that may have occurred during remote learning, Adult & Child will use evidence-based programming to help teachers and staff address the stressors or traumas that students may be navigating. Adult & Child delivers life-enhancing physical, social, and behavioral healthcare services so families can live happy and healthy lives. When behavioral health concerns, delayed development issues, or other life stressors interfere with a child’s ability to learn, Adult and & Child specialists intervene to get students back on track. “With the expertise of Adult & Child, along with our school social workers, we can meet the social-emotional needs of our students more effectively,” said Vickie Carpenter, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools. “The pandemic has caused many of our students to feel isolated since they’ve had less interaction with their peers. Extra support from Adult & Child will help our kids with social-emotional learning and relationship building, which are critical components of achieving academic success.” “Community partners and educators are teaming up like never before to accelerate student learning this summer and in the years ahead,” Gov. Holcomb said. “We know that igniting student learning demands unprecedented collaboration from us all — educators, local leaders, community groups, parents and, beyond. As these programs launch now and over the coming weeks, it’s an exciting time to be in an Indiana classroom.” With grant funding, Adult & Child will provide SEL Specialists will provide individual and group support to students based on their academic and social/emotional needs.  In addition, the SEL Specialists will work with families to provide a comprehensive level of support. Our SEL Specialist will also train teachers and staff in understanding trauma and its effects on student learning. This training will equip educators to support students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs in school and at home. Social-emotional wellness can remove barriers to education, decrease tardiness and absenteeism, and improve classroom behaviors. “Social-emotional health is crucial, in general,” said Tara Elsner, Adult and Child Director of School-Based Services. “But as we examine how the pandemic has impacted the mental health of children, it is essential for all of us to look beyond grades and address signs of anxiety, depression, or trauma-related conditions.”    

Sarah Miller, PMHNP-BC

Sarah Miller works with the addictions team, general psychiatry for adolescents and adults, and the competency restoration team. She is board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her specialties are working in addictions and with people who experience serious mental illness.

Miller graduated from Indiana University with a psychology degree and went back to school for nursing. She received her nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and worked in a nursing home and also spent time working in a group home with adolescents. She received her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

She enjoys hanging out with her family and her two dogs, and going to sporting events.

Joanna Chambers, MD

Dr. Joanna Chambers is a psychiatrist who began seeing Adult & Child Health patients in November 2021. She graduated from Medical College of Georgia with her Doctorate of Medicine in 1996 and completed her residency in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. In addition to bringing a wealth of experience, she currently serves as an associate professor at Indiana University School of Medicine where she teaches Clinical Psychiatry. She is certified in Addiction Medicine and has a special interest in treating pregnant and postpartum women. She is President of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry Organization as well as a sitting member of many medical association boards. Recently, she has won the Residents’ Award for Teaching Excellence in 2020 from Indiana University and has received “Best Doctors Award” in 2010, 2011, and 2014. Dr. Chambers is incredibly active in the medical, academic, and research realms of medicine. She is currently accepting new patients on Wednesdays.