Family Links & Support 2017-12-01T09:25:11+00:00

Family Links & Support

MTCS Social Workers & Family Liaisons

Saraya Dahlen
P.E.A.S.E. Academy Social Worker
sdahlen@mtcs.org

Courtney Stenseth
MTCS Social Worker
cstenseth@emailmtcs.org

Wendy Lorenz-Walraven
Social Worker – Special Education
wlorenz-walraven@emailmtcs.org

Mara Mosenden
Social Worker
mmosfenden@emailmtcs.org

Sharmarke Elmi
Banaadir South – Family Liaison
selmi@emailmtcs.org

Renato Lombardi
Latino Family Liaison
rlombardi@emailmtcs.org

Mahad Mohamed
Banaadir North – Family Liaison
amohamed@emailmtcs.org

Santhi Sheehan
MN Virtual – Student Support A-K
ssheehan@emailmtcs.org

Kristi Thao
MN Virtual – Student Support L-Z
kthao@emailmtcs.org

Fowzie Mohamed
Banaadir Math & Science – Family Liaison
fowzia.mohamed@emailmtcs.org

Mary Wattley
MTS Secondary and Powell Leadership Academy
Family Liaison/Teen Parent Advocate
mwattley@emailmtcs.org

As school social workers, we are viewed as the link between the school, home and the community.

We are a part of the educational team to promote and support students academic and social success by providing services that may include:

  • Assessing student needs

  • Help manage mental health symptoms

  • Individual and group therapeutic services

  • Crisis intervention and prevention

  • Work with both general education and special education students

  • Advocating for students

  • Education and training for parents and staff

  • Information and collaboration with community resources

  • Knowledgeable about rights for our homeless students and families

School social workers help students to:

  • cope with difficult and crisis situations

  • develop self-esteem

  • learn problem solving, conflict resolution, and healthy decision making skills

  • have positive and healthy relationships

In order to eliminate barriers to our students and families, the Stephan Graham Resource Center was created in memory of the late Stephan Graham. This is a space that has clothing, hygiene products, household items, coats, blankets, food, backpacks, shoes, boots, and baby supplies available for our students and families. If you are in need of any of these items, please contact Courtney. Also, if you would like to donate to the Stephan Graham Resource Center, please check out our link at https://www.gofundme.com/stephangraham

Questions, please contact Courtney Stenseth @ cstenseth@emailmtcs.org or 612-235-5780

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