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Position Name Phone

 

  Coordinator

 

  Marcia Davis   863-471-5748

 

  Court Liaison

 

  Linda Lipan   863-471-5457
  Psychologists

 

  Anthony Bobo
  Morgan Davis
  Miranda Mack
  Vacant
  Phil Walter

 

 

 

 863-471-5678
 

  Resource Assistant

 

  Maribel Perez

 

 

 863-471-5653 ext. 314
 

  Social Workers  
  Christa Hampton
  Darlene Dick
  Nelly Ford
  Evelyn De Jesus

 

 

 

 863-471-5653

 

 

 

  Secretaries

 

  Lea Sizemore
  Felecia St. Laurent
  Erin Rosenthal

 

 863-471-5748

 863-471-5678

 863-471-5653

 

STUDENT SERVICES DIRECTOR
Responsibilities:
  • Attendance/Truancy
  • Bullying Education and Compliance
  • College Night
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Crisis Intervention
  • District Health Advisory Council
  • Health Facilitator
  • -Bloodborne Pathogens

    -Communicable Disease

    -CPR/AED

    -Dental Sealants

    -Drug Testing

    -Florida Youth Survey

    -Immunizations

    -Screenings (BMI, Vision, Hearing)

  • Homeless Education Liaison
  • Juvenile Justice-Prevention/Diversion
  • MTSS - Multi-tiered System of Support
  • Supervises all student services personnel: psychologist, social workers, clerical
  • Supervision Drug-Free Schools
  • Teen Parent Program
  • Trainer for new teacher evaluation calibration
  • Trains School-based Guidance Counselor/monthly meetings
  • Virtual School Coordinator
  • 504 Plans
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LIAISONS

Linda Lipan, Court Liaison
Phone: 863.471.5457
e-Mail: lipanl@highlands.k12.fl.us

 

Responsibilities:
  • The goals of the court liaison are to strive to strengthen the cooperation and communication between the school district, Juvenile Justice, the court system, and local law enforcement agencies and to provide the schools with an alternative for suspended students and students with behavioral problems.

 

PSYCHOLOGISTS

Phil Walter, Lead Psychologist
Phone: 863.471.5678 ext.252
e-Mail: walterp@highlands.k12.fl.us
School Assignments: Cracker Trail Elementary, Hill-Gustat Middle

 

Vacant
Phone: 863.471.5678 ext. 313
e-Mail: @highlands.k12.fl.us
School Assignments: Lake County Elementary, Lake Placid Elementary, Lake Placid High, Lake Placid Middle

 

Miranda Mack
Phone: 863.471.5678 ext. 255
e-Mail: mackm@highlands.k12.fl.us
School Assignments: Kindergarten Learning Center, Woodlawn Elementary, Sebring High, Sebring Middle, Fred Wild Elementary

 

Morgan Davis
Phone: 863.471.5678 ext. 251
e-Mail: davism7@highlands.k12.fl.us
School Assignments: Park Elementary, Avon Elementary, Avon Park High

 

Anthony Bobo
Phone: 863.471.5678 ext. 258
e-Mail: boboa@highlands.k12.fl.us
School Assignments: Avon Park Middle, Memorial Elementary, Sun N' Lake Elementary

 

WHAT IS A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST?

School Psychologists have specialized training in both pyschology and education. They use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and others to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. School Psychologists understand school systems, effective teaching and successful learning. School Psychologists tailor their services to the particular needs of each child and each sitatuion. School Psychologists use many different approaches, but most provide these cores services: Consultation, Assessment, Intervention, Prevention, and Education.

 

 

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SOCIAL WORKERS

Christa Hampton,
Phone: 863.471.5653

e-Mail: hamptonc@highlands.k12.fl.us
School Assignments: Avon Elem., Avon Park High, Avon Park Middle, Park Elem., Hill-Gustat Middle

 

Darlene Dick,
Phone: 863.471.5653
e-Mail: dickd@highlands.k12.fl.us
School Assignments: Kindergarten Learning Center, Sebring High, Sebring Middle, Fred Wild Elem., Woodlawn Elem.

 

Nelly Ford,
Phone: 863.471.5653

e-Mail: fordi@highlands.k12.fl.us
School Assignments: Memorial Elem., Sun N' Lake Elem., Cracker Trail Elem.

 

Evelyn De Jesus,
Phone: 863.471.5653

e-Mail: dejesuse@highlands.k12.fl.us
School Assignments: Lake Country Elem., Lake Placid Elem., Lake Placid Middle, Lake Placid High

 

 

School Social Workers spend time as "liaisons" between school and community. They assist schools in crisis situations, and provide resources to families and students in need. They are teamed up with school psychologists assigned to specific schools.

 

Responsibilities:

  • participate in planning and developing programs and/or service to students
  • prepare and interpret social and developmental histories and assessments
  • access student records on a need-to-know basis and protect their confidentiality
  • serve as liaison between home and school to obtain, share, clarify, and coordinate information
  • help families understand and accept services from other community agencies when such specialized assistance is necessary
  • help ensure participation of parents in school conferences affecting their children through home visits, telephone contact, correspondence, and other means
  • help ensure parent's understanding of decisions, procedures, and meetings affecting their children
  • work cooperatively with appropriate community health, education, and welfare resources, sharing obtaining and coordinating information, reports, recommendations, and activities for maximum use of all resources
  • work with schools to reduce truancy through meetings with parents and school. Follow Florida Statue guidelines for truancy procedures.

 

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Other Resources

The Teen Parent Program: is designed to assist and encourage teenage mothers to continue their education. This program provides child care while the teenage mothers are in school. Prenatal health care and parenting are stressed in the curriculum.

 

The ACADEMY at Youth Care Lane: A secondary school offering alternative to expulsion education for Highlands County students in grades 6-12. Instruction will be focused in the areas of Drill, Physical Training, Character Education, Drug Abuse Education, Career Exploration, and Community Service.

 

The ACADEMY program will be correlated with the After-School Alternative Program (ASAP) which provides academic instruction from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

 

 

Random drug screening for secondary students
The School Board of Highlands County has implemented a random drug testing program (5.90) for all middle and high school students participating in interscholastic athletics, extracurricular activities and co-curricular activities. The “use of” or “possession of” alcohol or drugs by a student at any time is both illegal and detrimental to that student’s ability to participate in interscholastic athletics, extracurricular activities and co-curricular activities, and is hereby prohibited. Any student determined to be in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action related to his or her participating in interscholastic athletics, extracurricular activities or co-curricular activities which may include suspension or removal from athletics, extracurricular participation or co-curricular activities.

 

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