Social Workers

Contacting a school social worker often is a first step in seeking assistance when you don't know where else to turn. If you're not sure who to call and would like to talk with someone confidentially, please contact us.

Services Offered

  • Individual Counseling/Support
  • Family Consultation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Chemical Health Information and Referral
  • Support Service Coordination
  • Mediation
  • Support Groups
  • Staff Consultation and Support
  • Mindfulness Class (see below)

Contact

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Alison McKernan

Alison McKernan, LICSW
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763-745-6712
Alison.McKernan@wayzataschools.org

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Cali Fielder

Cali Fielder, LICSW
Last Names Ham-Or
763-745-6662
Cali.Fielder@wayzataschools.org

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Jodi Sorenson, LICSW
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763-745-6661
Jodi.Sorenson@wayzataschools.org

Computer Equity Project

We offer the "Computer Equity Project", which has been developed to help merge the gap between students who have access to technology at home with those that do not. Computers that are cycled out of Wayzata Public Schools are refurbished and offered to students who qualify for the devices. In order to qualify, students must first meet with a Wayzata High School social worker and an application form must be submitted.

This project is designed to increase student achievement and technology by expanding and enhancing access to technology. Students must keep the issued computer and understand that Wayzata Public Schools is not responsible for upkeep or maintenance. Recipients must provide their own transportation of the equipment to their home, access to software, technical support and internet access.

Computers are refurbished by students under the supervision of Tyler Shepard, Associate Principal. If you have any questions, contact a social worker.

Computer Equity Project Application

Low Cost Internet

To qualify for $9.95 a month internet service and a low-cost computer, your household must meet all these criteria:

  • Be located where Comcast offers internet service
  • Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
  • Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
  • Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment

How to apply:

Call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to request an application.

Comcast will mail you an application. Complete and return it, along with lunch program documents from your child's school.

Comcast will notify you by mail about the status of your application. Allow 7-10 days for a response.

Once you are approved, Comcast will mail you a welcome package with everything you need to set up your Internet service and receive our free internet training. If you choose to purchase a low-cost computer, your welcome package will provide details.

More information

Mindfulness Classes

Mindfulness classes will be offered each term. The seven session class will meet on Wednesdays during the last 40 minutes of class and will rotate between 1st, 2nd, 4th blocks and MyTime.

Mindfulness – non-judgmental, present-moment awareness – is a powerful, research-based practice that can help teens reduce stress and anxiety, and improve focus and concentration. The mindfulness class consists of seven sessions in which students will learn basic mindfulness practices and develop strategies for self-care and stress reduction. Topics will also include: working with difficult thoughts and emotions, managing test anxiety and cultivating kindness and empathy. The class is open to all interested students and will be taught by Sarah Rudell Beach, a former WHS teacher and Mindful Schools Certified Instructor.

If interested, contact your social worker.