Leawood's Student, Family, and Community Supports
Leawood is fortunate to have two social workers that support students and families in a variety of ways. Our role is to help students develop positive connections to school so that they can discover, inspire and grow. We provide social/emotional support to students to help them build their social skills, problem solving skills, and coping skills. We work closely with all school staff to understand student's unique learning abilities and collaborate with them to support student success both academically and socially/emotionally in the classroom. When families are faced with challenges such as financial hardship or loss, we have resources to share. We can also help families with questions they may have around their child's behavioral or emotional needs. Please feel free to reach out to either of us by calling the school (303) 982-7860 or reaching out by e-mail (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
We look forward to working with you!
I have been part of the Leawood community for twelve years, the last four being full time. My role is to provide social/emotional support to students at all grade levels, whether they receive services through an Individual Education Plan, a 504 plan, or need support on an "as needed" or short term basis. I facilitate small groups, work with students individually, and connect with kids at lunch and recess. If your student or your family is is need of any type of support throughout the year, please feel free to reach out by e-mail or through my confidential voice mail at (303) 982-4765.
I am a former Leawood student and moved backed to Colorado to work in Jeffco in 2000. My time outside of school is spent with my family and friends, enjoying the outdoors and our Denver sports teams, reading good books, crafting and cooking.
Social Emotional Learning Specialist (Social Worker)
My name is Melissa Bushmann (Ms. Melissa), and I am thrilled to join Leawood as the Social Emotional Learning Specialist this year. My job focuses on the culture and climate of the school as a whole, and I will be collaborating with classroom teachers to teach a program called Second Step to all students at Leawood, which primarily focuses on skills for learning, empathy, problem solving, and communication. Social-emotional learning is where my heart is, and I can't wait to join the Leawood team in this role, and grow alongside students this year. Please check out the Second Step tab on this website for more details on what your child will be learning this year, and feel free to contact me anytime. I am best reached by e-mail.
I was raised in Missouri, but have lived in Colorado for five years now, and call it home. I finished my Master's of Social Work at the University of Denver in 2016, and have since been working with kids in a variety of settings. For the past two years I have been working in schools specifically, supporting students with disabilities, building on each child's strengths to develop skills they need to grow in confidence, curiosity, and joy. In my time away from school, I love to hike with my dog, Maya, read, write, dance, and enjoy live music.