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Student Services Resources


Worldmaker Parenting Program is available and free to families in the East Central Region of Iowa:

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Informational Sheet

Financial Assistance:

COVID-19 Resources for secondary students:

  • Red Table Talk – Facebook link to 30 minute long video from motivational speaker Jay Shetty and psychologist Dr. Ramani share tips and tools for managing the emotional toll that’s been brought on by COVID-19
  • Red Table Talk – Facebook link to 1hr long video “What you need to know about cornoavirus”. Jada and Will Smith host a special family Red Table Talk to get straight factual answers to their questions about the Coronavirus.
  • National Public Radio (NPR) – just for kids comic exploring the new coronavirus
  • Teen Wellness Guide
  • Supporting Adults with Autism During Uncertain Times – This may be helpful for high school age students

Talking with kids about COVID-19:

Supporting health and well-being for our Linn-Mar students and families:

Community resources available to help anyone that is struggling emotionally:

  • Crisis Textline:  Text HELLO to 741741
  • National Youth Crisis Hotline:  1-800-442-HOPE (4673)Student Services graphic4
  • Iowa Help Line:  1-855-800-1239 or text
  • Iowa Crisis Chat:
  • Foundation 2 Crisis Line: at 362-2174 or use their chat line by clicking here.
  • Iowa Warm Line: Serving: Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, and Linn Counties 1-855-800-1239 Chat:  The warm line is a peer run, telephone based, non-crisis, confidential, listening line for anyone struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. The Warm Line is staffed by people who have been through a similar journey and are in recovery themselves

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Linn-Mar Contact Information

Every school counselor and student assistance counselor is available to support students during this time.  Please feel free to reach out to them via email to set up a time to talk.  If your family is in need for reaching community support and/or resources, please contact our Family Resource Specialist, Shawn Knighton.

School Building – District Job Role Name Email
District-wide Family Resource Specialist Shawn Knighton email


School Building – Elementary  Job Role Name Email
Echo Hill, Linn Grove, Indian Creek, Novak Student Assistance Specialist Jacob Young, JR email
Westfield, Bowman Woods, Wilkins Student Assistance Specialist Tammy DeVries email
Indian Creek School Counselor Laura James email
Linn Grove School Counselor Kathryn Knudson email
Bowman Woods School Counselor Sally Wiley email
Echo Hill School Counselor Deb Bundy email
Novak School Counselor Cris Southwood email
Westfield School Counselor Kasi Shanahan email
Wilkins School Counselor Nick Mohwinkle email


School Building – Intermediate Job Role Name Email
Boulder Peak  School Counselor Margaret Buonadonna email
Hazel Point School Counselor Jackie Adair email
Boulder Peak, Hazel Point Student Assistance Specialist Tera Cooling email


School Building – Middle  Job Role Name Email
 Oak Ridge Student Assistance Specialist Kristin Cannon  email
  Oak Ridge  School Counselor Kimberly Woods  email
  Oak Ridge  School Counselor Victoria Wanda  email
  Excelsior  School Counselor Lindsey Starmer  email
 Excelsior Student Assistance Specialist Mike Shipley  email
 Excelsior   School Counselor Erin Gorman  email


School Building – High School Job Role Name Email
 High School  Student Assistance Counselor  Kevin McCauley email
 High School  Student Assistance Counselor  Janessa Carr email
 High School  Student Assistance Counselor  Jessica Deahl email
 High School Academic Success Counselor  Tony Nicol email
 High School Academic Success Counselor  Danielle Patterson email
 High School School Counselor 9/10  Greg Hall (A-G)  email
 High School School Counselor 9/10  Pete Martin (H-M)  email
 High School School Counselor 9/10 Sheryl Cline (O-Z)  email
 High School School Counselor 11/12  Dave Kennedy (A-G)  email
 High School School Counselor 11/12 Jennifer Thurston (H-M)  email
High School School Counselor 11/12 Elizabeth Kreher (O-Z) email