Starting in the 2020-21 school year, the Board of Trustees approved two additional staffing positions to ensure supports are in place for students that need speech language services and occupational therapist supports.
After significant consultations with school principals during the spring of 2020, and following the dissolving of the regional support model by the Alberta Government that previously provided similar supports, Clearview took a proactive approach to make sure our students continued to receive the supports they need to be the best learners possible.
Through conversations with multiple stakeholders and leaders, a new model for services emerged during the strategic planning in the spring of 2020 that will see Clearview hiring staff to provide must-needed student supports instead of relying on Alberta Health, consultants, or outside agencies.
This will allow effective planning for where the supports are most needed and more control for how those supports will be provided, representing an increased effective use of tight budget resources and better services to students.
Professional staff that started this year new Occupational Therapist, Alana Ell, Occupational Therapist (OT).
Alana is a new graduate from the University of Alberta’s Occupational Therapy program. Initially from Clive, Alta., Alana has been working towards her goal of becoming an Occupational Therapist with a special interest in child development.
After completing her bachelor’s degree at Augustana in Camrose, she went on to complete her Masters in Edmonton where she sought out opportunities to further her knowledge and skills in Pediatric Occupational Therapy.
Jennifer Brown, a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is the Speech-Language Pathologist for Clearview School Division.
Prior to this position she worked for Alberta Health Services, in the “Health Unit” days providing services to pre-school and school age children. She then chose to enter private practice, and delivered services by contract to students receiving Early childhood Services Funding (aka PUF) to several school divisions, including Clearview.
Jennifer’s family lives between Big Valley and Byemoor on a mixed farm.