Staff Spotlight: Jamie Mrozla

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Job title: School Social Worker at Jefferson Elementary

Education experience: I have a Masters Degree in Social Work. I also have an A.A.S. degree in American Sign Language Interpreting. During my first year as a School Social Worker, I worked at a level 4 setting working with students ages Kindergarten to 21 years old. The last four years, I have worked at Jefferson Elementary. 

What are some of your hobbies and interests? 

I love to spend time shopping, especially thrift store shopping. Finding a deal is the best part! I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. 

What’s something interesting about you that not a lot of people know? 

I also have a degree in American Sign Language Interpreting and worked as an educational interpreter in an elementary school before pursuing my degree in Social Work. 

Why did you decide to pursue a career as a social worker? 

One of the main reasons I decided to pursue a career in social work is because I am passionate about partnering with families and children in need. Being a School Social Worker, you wear many hats and have a variety of roles which can be challenging but also very rewarding. 

What do you enjoy most about working with students?

I enjoy building relationships with students and seeing them grow and utilize the skills they have learned to be the best student they can be! 

Share a fun project you've worked on or innovative teaching method you've used this year. What made it memorable for you? (If this question doesn't make sense for social workers, just skip)

This school year at Jefferson our PBIS team introduced Jaguar Connection Days after long breaks from school (MEA, Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring Break). This initiative was introduced because we have many students that have experienced trauma, instability overbreaks and etc. These Jaguar Connection Days set aside time in the classroom for teachers and students to have time to just connect with each other (this may look like playing a cooperative game, completing a puzzle together, etc.). This time also allows for re-teaching of our expectations. After long breaks, it's hard to get back into routine. We have noticed that after we have a Jaguar Connection Day the building is calm, students are happy and we have a decrease in office referrals. I hope to continue introducing trauma sensitive practices in our building! 

What do you enjoy about being part of Faribault Public Schools?

I enjoy being a School Social Worker in Faribault Public Schools because within my role I have the opportunity to work in collaboration with Teachers, Students, Parents, as well as community members to help make a positive impact in our  students lives. 

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