Meet our Psychologist anD Social Workers for Our Young 5s to 5th Grade Students:

aaaDr P ProfileTONYA PATRAY, PSY.D.

Psychologist
Phone: 734-401-4115 Send email to Tonya Patray
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 I have a fulfilling career as a school psychologist and enjoy working with students, teachers, staff, administrators and parents. I have over 20 years of experience working with children.  I am currently in my 19th year of employment at Saline Area Schools.  Throughout the course of my career I have encountered many students who struggle academically for various reasons.  As a result, some students may lack confidence in themselves, become apathetic or lose hope. I strive daily to meet the educational needs of students.   Assessment, data analysis, report writing, collaboration, consulting, and educational interventions are implemented on an ongoing basis to improve student school performance.    Every individual has a unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses.  I believe that with the proper support, they will gain confidence which leads to greater levels of success and a desire for lifelong learning.

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Social Worker
Phone: 734-401-4118 Send email to Joel Benedek
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My role for the district is that of District Social Worker.  My philosophy in working with children is based on over twenty-five years as a master’s level social worker. I have worked with both adults and children for the majority of my career. No two students, families, or adults are the same and each should be treated as a unique person within a unique family system. My current job as a school social worker affords me the privilege of helping students to realize both their academic and social-emotional potential. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with students and their families in an environment that allows me to provide assistance when families or students share concerns and problems. In addition, it is an environment that allows for long term help and assistance that promotes positive change for both the individual student and family system.  The ultimate goal of the district is to instill in our students a desire for lifelong learning.

Andrea Collins

Social Worker
734-401-4708 (MS) and 734-401-4161 (HE)    

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Social Worker
Phone: 734-401-4917 Send email to Casey Cook
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My interest in working with children began at a very early age.  While attending Grand Valley State University, I discovered an immense passion for the social/emotional well-being of children. This led me to receive my Bachelor of Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 2013 with an emphasis in school social work. I then continued my education and received my Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a certification in school social work.

I have a great passion for working with children in the school setting because that is where children spend most of their time which allows for beneficial intervention. I also find great joy in working with elementary-aged students because I believe that early intervention is key for student success. Teaching children about their social/emotional well-being at an early age provides them with coping strategies that they can utilize for life.

I thoroughly enjoy being a positive influence on student’s lives at Woodland Meadows Elementary School and making students feel like part of the Woodland community. My role includes providing students individual as well as group support for their social and emotional needs. I work with both Special Education and General Education students to teach them coping strategies for stressful situations in order to help them be successful at school and at home. I personally believe that every student is capable of learning and am thrilled to be part of a team that teaches children to strive for success. 

Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 1.40.17 PMTERRI-LYN PICKETT

Social Worker
Phone: 734-401-4509 Send email to Terri-Lyn Pickett
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I am a School Social Worker at Harvest Elementary School in Saline, Michigan.  I have supported children and families for 20 years in a variety of settings.  I began working as a School Social Worker in Saline in 2012 and I have thoroughly enjoyed the many rewards and challenges of this position.

My work with students and their families is continuously guided and influenced by my training, expertise, experiences and on-going professional growth.  My philosophy, in a few words - Build relationships, show kindness and encouragement, provide guidance and opportunities for mastery, do what you say you will do and do no harm

Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 5.17.55 PMAMBER SARTORI

Social Worker
Phone: 734-401-4832
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I have had the opportunity to work as a school social worker for Saline Area Schools over the past nine years. During this time, I have gotten the chance to work in each of the elementary schools, but currently I work with students at Pleasant Ridge Elementary. Here I enjoy working with our youngest learners, as it allows me to see the power of early intervention, as well as, the chance to see many of the children grow over time. I believe all children come to school with a different set of strengths, life experiences, and challenges. My goal is to empower students to increase their self-esteem, communication, problem-solving, and self-advocacy skills in order to meet life's many challenges. I also strive to enhance the students' educational experiences by promoting lifelong learning and development in the areas of social-emotional intelligence and interpersonal relationships.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, running, spending time up north, and exploring new or different places. I am married to my husband, Eric, and have two step-children, Jillian and Christian. Last year, we were blessed to welcome our little girl, Allie, into the world, and my life has forever been changed.