- Brain Health In School Age Children 29:01
Host Ann Garton welcomes Lynne Miller, Kamie Montoya and Angela Kight to discuss brain health in school age children on this edition of the “Institute For Person-Centered Care Podcast.”
Lynne Miller is currently the Training/Burnout Specialist at Vera French Community Mental Health Center. Lynne has been employed at Vera French (VF) for 12 years and works with adults with chronic mental illness at the VF residential facilities and VF Habilitation Group Homes. She also works with children who are experiencing some kind of grief, loss or trauma at VF Rick’s House of Hope. Rick’s House of Hope’s mission is to ensure the needs of children who are experiencing grief, loss or trauma are not overlooked.
Prior to working at Vera French, Lynne worked for Bettendorf Community Schools in the Elementary Special Education Department with children with mental health challenges. She has also worked at Wittenmyer Youth Center, which is a residential treatment center for youth who were adjudicated by the courts as children in need of assistance or delinquency. Lynne is a graduate of the University of Iowa as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Lynne believes it takes a village to raise children to be resilient and healthy.
Kamie Montoya is currently a Principal at Jefferson Elementary in the Davenport Community School District. She was born and raised in Davenport and a product of the Davenport Community Schools. During her educational experience at Kirkwood Community College she decided she wanted to go into education to help change the lives of children and shape our future. Kamie is an alumni of The University of Iowa with degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education – Multi-Categorical Resource. She worked at an after school program for at risk youth with extreme behavior disorders and found her life’s calling through helping those children. She volunteered at Tanager Place in Cedar Rapids and confirmed her love for working with at risk youth.
Right out of college, she went on to become a 6-8 Special Education Teacher at Smart Intermediate School. After serving in that position for several years, she went on to teach 6th Grade Language Arts. During this time she went back to school to obtain her Master’s Degree in Teaching and Leadership from St. Ambrose University all while coaching volleyball and basketball each year. She then went on to become a crisis interventionist, instructional coach, and then SAM (School Administrative Manager) at Smart Intermediate School. She then realized she wanted to do more and hoped to help larger number of kids in our community so she went back to get a second Master’s Degree in Administration and Special Education Supervision from St. Xavier University.
Mrs. Montoya is also The Vice President of Philanthropy for The Batting for Kids Non- Profit Organization as she has a wonderful group of friends that has decided to put their time and effort to the cause that is near and dear to her heart- helping the kids and families in our community – one family- one generation at a time!
Angela Kight is currently a Peer Support Supervisor with Vera French’s Integrated Health Program. Angela was born and raised in the QCA and is glad to support accessibility of quality care and services. Her Bachelor of Science in Health Services and current role allows her to implement and support the philosophy of applying services in treating the whole person.
St. Ambrose University is located in Davenport, Iowa, USA.