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ISD 882 and CentraCare - Monticello team up to build resilience in young learners

Monticello School District and CentraCare - Monticello are pleased to introduce Sarah Welk as the District Social Worker and Bounce Back Liaison, a brand-new, jointly-funded position between the two entities.

Sarah Welk This new position was made possible through a combination of funding from ISD 882 and generous community donations given through the Centracare-Monticello Foundation.The collaborative position will educate students in classrooms, in small group settings, and in the community, with a focus on proactively building resilience through social emotional learning and the incorporation of Bounce Back principles at an early age. Monticello Public Schools and the CentraCare - Monticello believe that connecting these strong principles to a captive audience of young people will help create an early intervention process that will pay dividends with a healthier and happier community. 

“We are committed to cultivating resiliency in children so they can grow up and be better equipped to face life’s challenges,” said Melissa Pribyl, RN, MSN, Community Health and Wellness Specialist and Bounce Back Project lead at CentraCare - Monticello. “We are so pleased with the support that Monticello School District has given to encourage the Bounce Back Project’s mission. This partnership provides an important opportunity to help our youngest community members and their families live longer, happier lives.”

“We are beyond thrilled about this joint venture, and the opportunity to partner with a pillar of this community in CentraCare and the Bounce Back Project,” said ISD 882 Superintendent Eric Olson. “We are confident that this new position will bring incredible value for both our students and staff, and we believe strongly that we have the perfect person for the job in Ms. Welk.”

Welk has served as a social worker at the Monticello Middle School for 18 years, including several years spent working with both middle school and high school students. Welk received her undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University and has a Masters in Education from St. Mary’s University.

“I’m excited to create new opportunities for students and staff,” said Welk. “To partner with other professionals in our district to help bring dreams and ideas to life is an incredible opportunity. Equally incredible will be the chance to make an impact not only with students and staff, but within the entire community through the partnership with the innovative and excellent Bounce Back Project.”

Welk officially started her new position in August.