Director of Mental Health Services Appointed

Director of Mental Health Services Appointed
Posted on 08/10/2017
Stephanie Columbia Appointed Director of Mental Health Services and Student Attendance for Longwood Central School DistrictThe Board of Education has unanimously approved the appointment of Stephanie Columbia as Director of Mental Health Services and Student Attendance, effective July 6, 2017.

Ms. Columbia began her career as a school social worker at Ridge Elementary School in 2001.   In that role, she initiated parent support and parenting skills programs, coordinated community outreach, and implemented social skills training for students.

In 2014, she co-authored and submitted the School Climate Transformation Grant from the New York State Department of Education and Safe and Healthy Schools.  Longwood was awarded the $1.7 million grant to implement Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS) for students K-12 and The Leader in Me for students K-4.  

To facilitate the implementation of the grant, Ms. Columbia provided Districtwide professional development to staff, initiated school building internal PBIS teams, served as district level coordinator and implemented the building level PBIS coaching program.

In 2015 and 2016, she presented at both the National and Northeast PBIS Conference on the impact of the grant's implementation. In October 2017, she will be presenting at the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis Conference.

Ms. Columbia earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Purchase College in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University, and received her BCBA in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology.  She earned her administrative certifications from Dowling College and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from St. John’s University. 

“I am truly honored and excited to be working in this new capacity where I can continue to support student social and emotional well-being,” said Ms. Columbia.
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