March 2018 KSSN Spotlight
For the month of March, we are shining a bright spotlight on Rachel Tommy, our community school coordinator at Alpine Elementary in the Kenowa Hills Public Schools district. Rachel, who has been with KSSN for 2.5 years, loves working at Alpine Elementary and says, “We have the best staff. They are all so dedicated and truly care about their students!”
As community school coordinator, Rachel connects students and families with programming and supports that are brought into the school, such as tutors and mentors, and coordinates place-based programming, which is intentionally implemented where the students are. Last summer, Rachel and the KSSN team worked with Wedgwood Christian Services, MSU Extension, and Kent District Library, to coordinate their summer programming at the Alpine Meadows mobile home community and York Creek Apartments.
Rachel also spends a great deal of time building relationships with students, and helping to find ways to address social-emotional/behavioral needs proactively. She facilitates regular “check ins” with different students, providing a safe space for those who need a break or who need a listening ear, and she helps to lead prevention groups for students to work on social skills, moods and emotions, self-esteem, and bullying.
When Rachel is not busy at Alpine Elementary, you may find her spending time with her family. She and her husband have a 10-month-old son, Jethro, and a 3-year-old German Shepherd named Denali. Rachel also enjoys reading and making crafts. An interesting fact about Rachel is that American Girl chose her to be a paper doll in their magazine in 1997 (see doll #27, Rachel Scholten).
Rachel, we thank you for all the hard work that you put into the students and families at Alpine Elementary. We are proud to make you our March Spotlight!
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