Social Work Home Page

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Comprehensive Resource Flyer - This flyer outlines the resources available to families in the district for food and clothing. It is also available in Spanish.

Yoga Calm Blog

Minnesota Parent Magazine article on mindfulness techniques used at Valley Crossing

Greetings Valley Crossing community! My name is Dr. Jennifer Gervais and I have been the school social worker at Valley Crossing since fall 2016. Prior to coming to Valley Crossing I worked in higher education as the Social Work Field Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and The College of St. Scholastica. I adjunct in the evenings for various colleges in the Twin Cities.

I graduated with my bachelors in social work in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, masters in social work from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2000, and doctorate in education from Hamline University in 2015. My professional career has focused on working with children, adolescents and families coping with mental illness. I have served in a variety of capacities on a micro, mezzo, and macro level treating, advocating, and educating children and adolescents with mental health issues. I began my career in a k-5 setting and I am excited to be back working in an elementary school providing social emotional support for children and resources for staff and parents/guardians.

I am excited to offer a push-in model of social work at Valley Crossing. This model allows me to consult with teachers and coach students in the moment in their natural environment. I purposely came to Valley Crossing because it is a Responsive Classroom community and I am excited to be able to build on this philosophy and practice by facilitating social emotional learning with staff, students, and families.

For a full view of my career please visit my LinkedIn page.

LinkedIn Page

Jennifer Gervais EdD, LICSWLicensed School Social WorkerSouth Washington County SchoolsValley Crossing ElementarySchool Social Worker/District651-425-7542 Office651-425-7515