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Mental Health Support for You and Your Kids!

Parents, we hear your request for mental health support for you and your kiddos! I would like to introduce you to the Clover Model to assist with social-emotional development. 

People of all ages can use the Clover Model as a guide for balance in human developmental needs. The Clover has 4 “leaves”: Active Engagement x Reflection, and Assertiveness x Belonging. While you want balance in all 4 leaves, each leaf also has an opposite leaf, indicated x like this.

For example, a child (or adult) Asserting themselves loudly and inappropriately may be a cry for help that they do not feel a sense of Belonging. That individual needs increased positive relationships with peers and adults. Some used to refer to this type of behavior as entitled before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another example: many of us have gotten stuck in the Reflection leaf during coronavirus…but not healthy reflection. We let our minds wonder and wander without returning to the present. We can balance that with Active Engagement, by physically moving our bodies and connecting to our world through movement! After some balance, you can return to healthy Reflection through things like mindfulness, journalling, goal-setting, and guided meditations.

Feel free to check out the Clover Model from the PEAR Institute at Harvard as well as elevatEd Classrooms for more resources to elevate the Whole Educational Community.

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Paula Blanco, MAT

Paula Blanco is currently a bilingual  kindergarten teacher at a dual-immersion school. Paula first received a bachelor’s degree in foreign language teaching and in infant education. Paula found her passion teaching and went back for a MAT Spanish (teaching Spanish as a second language).  After her education, Paula moved from Spain to the United States. Ms. Blanco is an experienced teacher with 9+ years of classroom experience.

Amiee Masters Altman, MsEd

Aimee Masters Altman is currently a middle school language arts teacher in southern New Jersey.  As a teacher with over 13 years experience, she has worked as a Kindergarten-6th grade Library-Media Specialist, a 3rd grade inclusion teacher, as well as a middle school language arts teacher.  Mrs. Altman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Sociology with a concentration in health and medicine and a minor in Women’s Studies.  During her time at UPenn, she found her passion for teaching while working the Extended School Year program for students with special needs.  She then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Education in Reading/Writing/Literacy with a certification as a Reading Specialist from the University of Pennsylvania School of Education.  She continued her education for a Library-Media Specialist certification at Rutgers University.  Mrs. Altman has sat on many committees to analyze, select, and write curriculum.

Korey Sewell, PhD

Dr. Korey Sewell , founder of Hands-On Technology Education, is a professional engineer and educator specializing in Computer Science & Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan (2012) and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Riverside (2004). His professional background consists of work at places such as Intel, Apple, Qualcomm and MIPS Technologies with interests in Microprocessors, CPU Workloads, and Simulation Methodology. As an educator, Dr. Sewell aspires for Hands-On Technology to continue to fulfill its mission of empowering the K-12 demographic with innovative, practical, and affordable technology-based activities (summer camps, workshops, and after-school programs).

Jacqueline Masters, EDS, MA

Jacqueline received her Ed.S and M.A. degree in School Psychology from Rowan University and her B.S. degree in Psychology from Drexel University. She is currently certified in New Jersey and practices full time in the public school system. She has been working with the elementary and middle school students for 6+ years. She works to consult and collaborate with teachers, parents, and students to maximize their education and social experience. Additionally she completes cognitive and behavioral assessments as part of the Special Education process. She specializes in educating students, teachers, and parents on a variety of disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism, Specific Learning Disabilities, as well mood disorders and various developmental disorders.