The goal of the NCESD Student Support Services Department is to assist our school personnel to build supportive learning environments through the continuous development of age-appropriate prevention and intervention services. As the use of substances and involvement with violence have been linked in research to academic failure, our mission is to remove non-academic barriers to learning in order to become productive, secure, and self-sufficient members of their communities.

Areas of focus include:

  • Student Assistance Prevention & Intervention Services Program (for students at-risk of substance use or impacted by others’ use)
  • Healthy Youth Survey support & data training
  • Educational Advocates (for students at-risk of juvenile justice involvement)
  • Student Threat Assessment (for school-based teams to assess, monitor, and support students at-risk  for violent behaviors)
  • Readiness To Learn early intervention staffing cooperative (via Title 1/LAP funding, for at-risk students experiencing non-academic barriers to learning)
  • Suicide Prevention & Intervention training & technical assistance to schools
  • Signs of Suicide prevention program trainer for school implementation
  • Check & Connect (Tier 3 intervention) program trainer for school administrators, coordinators, & mentors
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) training & technical support for school response
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer for school staff
  • Mental Health in High Schools health curriculum trainer for school teachers and/or school counselors
  • Improvement Science

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Our Student Support Staff include:

  • Dylan Kling

    Dylan KlingStudent Assistance Specialist509-398-7282
  • Leticia Mendoza

    Leticia MendozaSpeech Language Pathologist Assistant/Family Resource Coordinator509-237-2744
  • Lynell Morrison-Nelson

    Lynell Morrison-NelsonEducational Advocate
  • Melissa Trammell

    Melissa TrammellBoard Certified Behavioral Analyst509-961-0171
  • Anna Troutman

    Anna TroutmanBoard Certified Behavioral Analyst
  • Shelley Seslar

    Shelley SeslarManaging Director, Safe and Civil School509-665-2626