Social Emotional Support

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Hi, my name is Meryl Warda and I am so happy to be your new Social Emotional Learning Specialist at Desert Trails Elementary. I fully believe social and emotional wellness is the foundation for a child's ability to learn in school. If children become self-regulated and manage their own emotions and interactions, they will succeed in school, work and relationships. I also believe in the importance of building resilience in children and families particularly for the difficult times we are in right now. All of this allows for an increase in a child's ability to function in the classroom, improve academic performance, have better peer relationships and improved classroom behavior. Everything I do with children is through a relationship based and trauma informed lens.  

I have a BA in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work from Arizona State University. Recently, I received my post graduate certificate from the Harris Institute in Infant/Toddler Mental Health. I currently teach in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University in the evenings. I come to you from the City of Phoenix Head Start Birth to Five program where I held the position of Mental Health Supervisor. Prior to working for the Head Start program, I worked in PVUSD as a school social worker at Campo Bello Elementary, Vista Verde Middle School and North Canyon High School.  

Please know, I am not just here for the children but for all of you. Feel free to email me at anytime and/or fill out the Social Emotional Support Referral Form.

Everybody Matters

Desert Trails Elementary School is excited to announce a partnership with Everybody Matters.

Regardless of their background or emotional state, every child deserves the best education possible and a life of happiness and fulfillment—because every child matters. That’s the guiding philosophy behind Everybody Matters (EM), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing individualized social-emotional support to children in need. Their trauma-informed counseling is provided by university interns who receive specialized training and ongoing feedback from experienced clinicians on the EM staff. This enables them to empower children with a wide variety of social-emotional coping skills, which in turn helps the kids to thrive in the classroom, at home and throughout their lives.

To learn more, visit the Everybody Matters website.

Watch our Everybody Matters video on YouTube!

Social and Emotional Family Resources

The links below list a variety of resources available to families and community members. The resources include behavioral health agencies, food banks, crisis hotlines, homelessness help, and many more. 

Click to view PVUSD Family Resources
Click to view Community Behavioral Health Services
Click to view 6 Tips for Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning
Click to view Strength-Based Parenting - great article!
Click to view Tips for Managing Screen Time When School is Online
Click to view Mindfulness for Kids
Click to view Mindfulness Apps for Kids!
Click to view Mindful Parenting Tips