Lauren Barkmeier is a behavior intervention specialist at Metro Deaf School (MDS). She collaborates with classroom staff in assessing student strengths and needs and providing classwide positive behavior supports. She is part of the MDS Mental Health Team and participates in schoolwide problem solving.
While licensed as a school psychologist, Kristi Townshend is serving Metro Deaf School in a new role this year as behavioral specialist. Kristi enjoys working with DHH students by providing supports in the classroom along with teachers/staff. In addition, she likes to collaborate with other mental health team members to implement our Character Counts! programs school-wide.
Amy Amundsen, MSAD SLPI Coordinator and Administrative Interpreter. Also, parent of a delightful 11-year-old Deaf son who is on the Autism spectrum.
Jason Valentine is starting his 5th year at Metro Deaf School as the School Social Worker for PreK through 12+ students. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Psychology (’01), and MA in Social Work (’08). He is responsible for coordinating mental health services, promoting positive student social/emotional/behavioral health, supporting the implementation of Character Counts!, and ensuring our students feel safe at MDS. Jason is an avid disc golfer, enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, and pretty much anything outdoors.
Carmen Adams is a School Social Worker at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf. With 30+ years of experience, she enjoys working with ECE through 12+ students in a wide variety of roles, ranging from being the Student Support Services Team Leader, coordinating mental health services, providing direct and indirect student counseling services, case management services, crisis counseling, collaborating with others to develop positive behavior supports and conducting social/emotional/behavioral assessments. Carmen enjoys reading, hiking, playing pickleball, strength training and the beauty of nature.
Shannon Swank is in her 3rd year at MDS as a school psychologist. She is responsible for completing intellectual, social/emotional/behavioral, academic and transition assessments. Shannon also provides direct support and interventions to students, consultation with teachers, families, and other members of mental health team and collaboration with other mental health team members with implementing the Character Counts! program. For fun, Shannon enjoys running, hiking, being outdoors, and reading.
After serving as Interim Co-Director last year, Melissa Sweetmilk returns to her previous role as Dean of Students at Metro Deaf School (MDS). She begins her 11th year at MDS, and 5th year as Dean of Students. Her primary duties include scheduling, student programs, academics, transportation, and supporting the Executive Director. She also has been busy attending the University of Minnesota obtaining a degree in Educational Leadership. When not working, she enjoys curling up with a good book, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.