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Letter to the Editor: A fond farewell from a former Perham school social worker

It has been a little over two months since my letter to the editor regarding Minnesota School Social Work week during March 2014. 

Today, my message concerns my resignation as Licensed School Social Worker for Perham-Dent Public Schools, signed and submitted April 9.

It is with a heavy heart that I leave my employment with the district and surrounding communities of Perham as I loved working with the students, families and colleagues within the schools and communities.

I spent August 2001 through June 2009 at Perham High School, with my last five years at Prairie Wind Middle School.

I would like to thank the Perham-Dent School District, in particular former Superintendent Dennis Drummond for hiring me while at the same time strengthening the advocacy of students through a continuum of student health and educational services.

In addition, I would also like to thank the entire special education staff, who exemplify the meaning of professional educational services. You are an amazing and talented group who truly cares about kids, not just the student piece but the entire child.

Next, a special ‘thanks’ to School Counselors Jan Turgeon and Bob Formanek for their willingness to work so closely with me, providing mental health services; and to Dan Buchin, school psychologist, and school nurses Kathy Simpson and Sue Seip. 

I also commend the Perham-Dent teaching staff for their dedication and skills. I was amazed each day when observing your classes and listening to students extol your praises.

Lastly, and maybe more importantly I want to express my appreciation to all para-professional, administrative assistance, business, custodial, kitchen, grounds and transportation staff for the camaraderie and hard work on behalf of district students and their families.

In closing, I am indebted to the many students and families that I have encountered since the 2001-02 school year, for the lessons you taught me.

Along with my appreciation and thanks for allowing me to work with you and your families during the current 2013-14 school year, I express my deepest regrets to the 55 unduplicated students and respective families who were part of my weekly schedule through my last contact of February 14, 2014. The lack of transition, referral and closure of our sessions continues to haunt me. 

I know the importance of saying ‘goodbye’ – many of us talked about how to make appropriate goodbyes, leaving on a good note.  I am truly sorry that we were not able to do that. 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to everyone for my 13 years.

Lana Schultz-Julin

Bemidji, MN