ConVal has implemented a three-tiered approach to meeting the instructional and behavioral needs of students.
This approach is grounded in Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Response to Intervention (RTI) is defined as “the practice of providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals, and applying child response data to important educational decisions” (Batsche, 2005). Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is based on a problem-solving model and aims to prevent inappropriate behavior through teaching and reinforcing appropriate behaviors (Supports OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions , 2007).
The Student Support Team (SST) emphasizes that early intervention for struggling or at-risk students is a function of the general education program. SST is a school-based, problem-solving team designed to support teachers and assist students in overcoming obstacles that impact their educational experience and learning. These teams fall into the secondary interventions for students.
SST meetings are designed to facilitate reviews of student progress, discuss possible interventions, and develop an action plan. In order to accurately assess the student’s needs, it is important to gather as much data as possible and seek input from individuals with knowledge about the student before making a determination to implement a particular program or strategy.
SST is an intervention team that provides structured problem solving in a routine setting. All deliberations and data gathered by the Student Support Team are confidential, though they may be shared with appropriate individuals to whom a recommendation is made to aid in the determination of services.
The ConVal SST members are below.
Judi Bernardi has an A.D. in nursing and attended Curry College and Massachusetts Bay Community College. She has been a school nurse in the ConVal district since 2004. She was an advisor to the class of 2017 and a member of both the Monadnock Community Hospital Be The Change Task Force and the ConVal Substance Abuse Task Force. She is a CPR and First Aid instructor and a trained RENEW facilitator.
Kim Chandler, Facilitator
Director of School Counseling
Kim Varney Chandler has a B.S. degree in Business Administration and an M.A. degree in Counseling, both from the University of New Hampshire. After six years as a school counselor at Timberlane High School in Plaistow, New Hampshire, Kim relocated to Virginia where she worked as a school counselor and director at Gloucester High School. She was selected as the Virginia School Counseling Supervisor of the Year in 2010 and served as president of the Peninsula Counselor Association. She received the Outstanding Youth Advocate Award in 2004. Kim has been the School Counseling Director at ConVal since 2012. She is a trained RENEW facilitator and leads ConVal High School in suicide prevention and assessment. Kim is a member of the ConVal Substance Abuse Task Force and is trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Kim has been a Rotarian since 2012 and has served as president and treasurer. She has been an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 2007 and serves as a chapter officer, state chairman, and National vice chairman. She served on the Board of the ConVal Community Scholarship Dollars for Scholars from 2012-2014 and has been a Board member of Monadnock at Home since 2015. She is a member of both the American School Counselor Association and the New Hampshire School Counselor Association.
Sarah Downing has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and a M.Ed. from Keene State College. She taught Social Studies at Milford High School for five years before staying home to raise her young children. Sarah joined the ConVal staff as a 504 support professional in January 2013 and is a trained RENEW facilitator. She also leads the Check In/Check Out intervention program at ConVal.
Rebecca has a B.A. from Stonehill College, M.Ed. in School Counseling and post-masters certificate in Educational Leadership from Keene State College. Rebecca has been a school counselor in the ConVal school district at several of the elementary schools. After leaving for a year to complete an administrative internship, Rebecca is thrilled to return to the ConVal district to be school counselor at the high school. Prior to becoming a school counselor, Rebecca worked as a counselor in residential placement, coordinator of an after-school program, and case manager for a court diversion program. Rebecca considers herself a lifelong learner and enjoys adopting new hobbies and connecting with students over shared interests.
Kim Fairbank has a B.A. in Sociology from Boston University, and an M.A. in Social Work from Salem State College. She is a District Social Worker through the Special Education Department. This is her nineteenth year at ConVal. She works in the ESP programs at the High School and SMS providing family outreach and support, and individual and group counseling for students grades 5-12 in ESP. She is also a District Trainer for LSCI and CPI, and provides Wraparound to families. She is a member of the ConVal Substance Abuse Task Force. Prior to coming to the ConVal School District, Kim has worked in Residential Treatment for Adolescents, Partial Hospital Day Treatment for Adolescents and their families, and Outpatient Counseling for pre-teens, teens, and their families.
JoAnn Fletcher as a B.A. in Psychology from the University at Albany and a Master’s degree is Student Personnel Administration from Bowling Green State University. She has worked in every level of education from pre-schools to colleges. Prior to joining the staff of CVHS, JoAnn worked as a college instructor and Dean of Students. She is the advisor to the ConVal Interact Club, is a trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid and is a member of the ConVal Substance Abuse Task Force. She is a member of both the American School Counselor Association and the New Hampshire School Counselor Association. This is her twelfth year at ConVal.
Jennifer earned a B.A. in Communication from Keene State College, and an M.A. in Community Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College. She also is a certified K-12 Guidance Counselor for the State of New Hampshire. Before working at ConVal, Jennifer spent over ten years working with youth and adolescents for the Department of Education as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and as a counselor for the Department of Children Youth and Families. She is a trained RENEW facilitator, leader of the Check In/Check Out program at ConVal, and a member of the ConVal Substance Abuse Task Force. Jen is in her tenth year at CVHS.
Student Assistance Counselor
Betsy Hinkle has a B.A. in Physical Education from Plymouth State University and an M. Ed. in School Counseling from Keene State College. She began her career as a Physical Education teacher at Alvirne High School in Hudson, New Hampshire, and found herself drawn to the area of school counseling. For the past two years she has worked at Wediko Children’s Services, a residential school for boys with complex psychiatric disorders. Betsy looks forward to bringing what she learned there to the work she will do with the students and families of the ConVal School District.
Kristin Ingram has a B.S. in Psychology, an A.S. in Chemical Dependency and a M. Ed. in School Counseling, all through Keene State College. She serves on the New Hampshire Council for Developmental Disabilities. She is an advisor to the Student Leadership Team, member of the ConVal Substance Abuse Task Force, and a trained RENEW facilitator. She is a member the New Hampshire School Counselor Association and is trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Kristin will transition to a career counselor position in 2017. Ms. Ingram will focus on internships, extended learning opportunities, independent studies, career assessments, and career planning for all students at ConVal. Kristin’s fifteen years of experience at ConVal will be a great asset to her new role. She is looking forward to fostering our relationships in the community and supporting students in their pursuit of future careers.
Student Assistance Counselor
Shawn King earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston. Following more than a decade in the corporate sector, she earned a M.Ed. in School Counseling at Rivier College. In 2017, Shawn completed her CAGS in Mental Health Counseling through Rivier University. After fifteen years as a school counselor, Shawn has taken on the role of student assistance counselor at ConVal. She will be working toward earning a license in mental health counseling through her work at ConVal and as a part-time clinician at Monadnock Family Services in Peterborough. Shawn will be the new facilitator of the Substance Abuse Task Force.
Shawn is the RENEW Coach for ConVal and a trained facilitator. She has presented nationally about RENEW and it’s success at ConVal. Shawn is the advisor for the Student Leadership Team, a member the New Hampshire School Counselor Association, and is trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Eric Kostecki has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and an M.Ed in Counseling from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He is in his thirteenth year as a school counselor and his eighth year at ConVal. Prior to ConVal, Eric worked as a school counselor in the North Carolina school system. He is an advisor for the Class of 2019, Director of the Adult Diploma Program, member of the ConVal Substance Abuse Task Force, and a trained RENEW facilitator. Eric is leading the Check In/Check Out intervention program at ConVal and also is the coordinator for all Naviance career and college activities. He is trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid and is a member of the New Hampshire School Counselor Association.
Brandi is a native of Texas and made an incredible decision four years ago to move to New Hampshire. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and New Hampshire winters! With customer service experience in private industry and municipalities, Brandi is excited to start her next adventure in the public schools. Brandi lives in the ConVal district.
Ben Moenter earned a BA in Psychology and Social-Ethical Philosophy from Plattsburgh State University of New York and a MS in School Psychology from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Ben is member of the ConVal Substance Abuse Task Force.
Prior to coming to ConVal, Ben and his family lived in Washington State for 10 years. There he worked as a School Psychologist for 5 years at the elementary and high school level. Since 2011, Ben has been a K-12 Special Education Coordinator. In that role he led professional development and programming for students with emotional and behavioral needs. Ben also spearheaded district-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Social-Emotional Learning initiatives, teams and trainings. In 2016, Ben received the “It Takes a Community” award for building partnerships between families, programs and community agencies in South King County, WA. This is his second year at ConVal.
Gretchen Shippee earned her BSN from the University of Southern Maine School of Nursing and has been a Registered Nurse since 1998. Gretchen recently obtained her national certification in School Nursing in 2015 and is also a certified CPR and first aid instructor. Gretchen is a member of the New Hampshire School Nurse Association, National Association of School Nurses and the ConVal Substance Abuse Task Force. She has been with the ConVal School District for five years.