Wraparound Services

Wraparound is a philosophy of care with defined planning process used to build constructive relationships and support networks among students and youth and their families.

Wraparound Coordinators

Wraparound Coordinators support the New Bedford Public Schools vision of welcoming learning environments that build upon Social Emotional Learning systems and of authentic family and community partner engagement and collaboration. Wraparound is a philosophy of care with defined planning process used to build constructive relationships and support networks among students and their families. It is both school and community based, culturally relevant, individualized, strength based, and family centered (PBIS, 2019). Wraparound plans are comprehensive and address multiple life domains across home, school, and community, including living environment; basic needs; safety; and social, emotional, educational, spiritual, and cultural needs.


Meet your Wraparound Coordinators below!


 Erin Duarte

Erin Duarte,  Lead Wraparound Coordinator. 
508-997-4511
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world!" -Nelson Mandela

Why I like working with children and families:
Honesty is a huge value to me. I believe that if only humans were capable of reading minds, having all our thoughts transparent and out there, the world world would be a better place. In any case, honesty always seems to be the best policy. And children and teenagers are great at speaking their true and blatant thoughts. The same is true when working with a student's family. When you build an authentic relationship with them, they will speak their truth with you. When I am told thank you for listening to me, or when I am given that hug, I know it is more than idle chatter and that it is coming from an authentic place. 

Mel Aviles
Mel Aviles, Whaling City Alternative School
508-997-4511 ext. 38333
Bio Coming Soon!


Stephanie Cormier
Stephanie Cormier, Normandin Middle School
508-985-4300  Ext. 366

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." - Maya Angelou



Kevin Gifford
Kevin Gifford, Devalles Elementary
Bio Coming Soon!



Yalissa Portalatin

Yalissa Portalatin, Keith Middle School
508-910-0900 Ext. 2255
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why I like working with children and families: 
I like working with children because they're fun, have endless energy and are resilient. It makes me happy to know that I'm part of what that child will become in the future and it makes me try hard everyday to guide them the right way. I like working with families because it's the most rewarding job that I can think of,  being a key in developing changes and support them to achieve success.


Kimberly Soto-Hurtado
Kimberly Soto-Hurtado, Roosevelt Middle School
508-961-3170 Ext. 4357
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi 

Why I like working with children and families: 
Every interaction I have is an opportunity to make a positive impact in someone's life

Jasmine Vega
Jasmine Vega
, Hayden McFadden Elementary School
508-997-4511 Ext. 49506

Bio Coming Soon!



Attendance Officers

School Attendance Officers support schools in improving attendance, minimizing habitual school offenses, preventing truancy, and intervening in cases of chronic absenteeism. School Attendance Officers are committed to the success of students, and maintain communication via telephone, letters, perform residency verification, consult with juvenile court, and make home visits with parents/guardians of children who have difficulty with attendance. Attendance Officers work with various community partners and agencies, such as the Family Resource Center and the Department of Children and Families, to offer support and assist families in ensuring their children are in school every day, on time. School Attendance Officers are mandated to take legal action if truancy continues and children are being denied a consistent and comprehensive education.

Meet your Attendance Officers below!

John Tweedie
John TweedieDistrict/Court Liaison

Peter Larkin:
Carney, Whaling City, Trinity, Hathaway, Pacheco, Winslow

Ryan Saucier: Normandin, Pulaski, Lincoln, Ashley, Campbell, Swift, Parenting Teens

Kelly Grace Silva
Kelly Grace SilvaKeith, Hayden McFadden, Brooks, Parker, Rodman

Maureen Callahan Walsh
Maureen Callahan WalshRoosevelt, Gomes, Congdon, Devalles, Hannigan, Taylor 

Dan Shaughnessy: New Bedford High School

Sarah Dury: New Bedford High School


FOR PARENTS: 
Parent/Guardian Attendance Protocol and Procedures: ENGLISHSPANISH PORTUGUESE
New Bedford Attendance Protocol and Procedures:ENGLISH SPANISH PORTUGUESE

FOR STAFF: 
Student Unenrollment Form
Attendance Officer Referral Form 

Parent Support Specialists

Parent Support Specialists build the capacity of schools to involve parents as stakeholders in an effective family - school partnership. Parent Support Specialists provide 

outreach to families,
build relationships with parents, and facilitate relationship building between staff and parents. The strengths of families, children, and the community are at the center of the work of Parent Support Specialists as they enhance
families’ capacity to support their children’s learning and serve as leaders in their children’s school.  Parent Support Specialists act as advocates and partners
 to assist parents and school staff to resolve issues at the school and to strengthen relationships built on foundations of trust and understanding. 

 


Meet your Parent Support Specialists below!

Julie Mador Photo
Julie Mador, Registrar/Family Welcome Center

Trish Morck
Patricia Morck, Family Welcome Center | Spanish

Damaris Suarez
Damaris Suarez, Family Welcome Center | Spanish

Limary Rojas
Limary Rojas, Family Welcome Center/McKinney-Vento | Spanish

Melanie Da Costa, Family Welcome Center/Foster Care | Portuguese


Isamar Gonzalez
Isamar Gonzalez, Family Welcome Center | Spanish



Eliany Grace
Eliany Grace, Family Welcome Center/Early Childhood Center | Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole

Orlenda Jackson
Orlenda Jackson, Family Welcome Center | Spanish

Nieve San Pablo
Nieve San Pablo, New Bedford High | Spanish

Liz Lozada, New Bedford High | Spanish

Angie Mojica
Angie Mojica, Normandin Middle School | Spanish

Gisany Monteiro
Gisany Monteiro, Gomes Elementary | Spanish, Portuguese, Crioulo

Maribel Diaz Rodriguez, Renaissance Elementary |Spanish

Veronica Ortiz
Veronica Ortiz, Jacobs Elementary | Spanish

Maria Spears, Parker Elementary | Spanish

Marie Tavares
Marie Tavares, Roosevelt Middle | Spanish

Raquel Dias, Keith Middle | Spanish, Portuguese, Crioulo

Tanya Henicke
Tanya Henicke,  Family Welcome Center | Portuguese


Why I like working with children and families:

Honesty is a huge value to me. I believe that if only humans were capable of reading minds, having all our thoughts transparent and out there, the world world would be a better place. In any case, honesty always seems to be the best policy. And children and teenagers are great at speaking their true and blatant thoughts. The same is true when working with a student's family. When you build an authentic relationship with them, they will speak their truth with you. When I am told thank you for listening to me, or when I am given that hug, I know it is more than idle chatter and that it is coming from an authentic place. 


Why I like working with children and families:

Honesty is a huge value to me. I believe that if only humans were capable of reading minds, having all our thoughts transparent and out there, the world world would be a better place. In any case, honesty always seems to be the best policy. And children and teenagers are great at speaking their true and blatant thoughts. The same is true when working with a student's family. When you build an authentic relationship with them, they will speak their truth with you. When I am told thank you for listening to me, or when I am given that hug, I know it is more than idle chatter and that it is coming from an authentic place. 


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