We have many onsite services available to support student needs.
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER - CONSTABLE DAVID PEDERSON
Hi! My name is Cst. David Pedersen. You can call me Constable Dave. I’m the SRO at STM and I’m happy to be here. This is my 4rd year as on SRO and my 7th as a police officer. I have four young daughters who keep me and my wife on our toes all the time. I love basketball and I play in a Country Music Band.
As a School Resource Officer, my priority is keeping kids safe. Whether it’s online, at school, or in the community, I have the tools and expertise to stop, investigate and hopefully prevent so many traumatic situations. In addition to this, I can educate and provide a level of accountability regarding Canadian legal expectations. Most commonly, I will enforce illegal activity that has a negative impact on other students like assaults, threats and bullying. When time allows, I love getting into classes for presentations and chatting with kids before and after school.
I have an open-door policy for our students and parents. It’s important for me to understand all sides of the difficult situations that we may have to face. In each of these cases, I am looking for collaborative solutions that respect and benefit everyone involved.
Here are some helpful links:
Canadian Centre for Child Protection: https://www.protectchildren.ca/en/
Protection of Children Abusing Drugs: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/amh/Page2547.aspx
Edmonton Police Service: https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/
CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER - SUZANNE KASSIAN
Clinical social work is a specialty practice area of social work which focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness, emotional, and other behavioral disturbances. We offer individual, group and family therapy at our school.
BRAIDED JOURNEYS - BOBBI MOORE
Braided Journeys Student Support Centres are committed to assisting student success by cultivating a caring, welcoming, and positive place where Indigenous students see themselves, their contributions and their culture represented, respected, and celebrated. Each centre offers support, encouragement and guidance throughout a student’s educational journey.
- Course selection and study skills
- Tutoring and exam preparation
- Post-Secondary applications
- Career Development:
- Career exploration and preparation
- Post-Secondary exploration
- Scholarship applications
- Career mentorship
- Cultural Supports:
- Access to Elders and Knowledge Keepers
- Community building
- Cultural ways of knowing and land-based learning
- Social justice initiatives
- Community volunteering
- Mentoring skill development
- Transition Supports:
- Academic and social preparation for new school environments
- Bridging to Junior High and High School
- Bridging to Post-Secondary
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER DESIGNATE - VANESSA GAVIN
The purpose of ELL programming is to prepare students, whose first language is not English, for the demands of high school. The ELL program will provide English Language Learners with an opportunity to develop and extend their skills in oral and written discourse for the purposes of explaining, describing, and informing. Research shows that it can take between 5-7 years (and sometimes longer) to learn a new language proficiently. Therefore, ELL students may require more than the standard 3 years to complete their High School Diploma. Please see the ELL Course Pathways for more details.
LEARNING COACH - DANIELA STABILE / VANESSA GAVIN
Learning coaches are teachers who are knowledgeable about inclusive education and are skilled at facilitating teacher collaboration and sharing promising practices. Learning coaches work to improve student learning by providing local support to teachers to strengthen inclusive and instructional practices.