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Meet our Mental Health Team

Meet our Mental Health Team
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"Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you, 
doesn't mean you can, should, or need to do it alone."
                                                   -- Lisa Olivera




In these unprecedented times, it is important to take care of ourselves physically and mentally.  Over the years, experts have encouraged children, teens and adults to open up about our thoughts and emotions, otherwise known as our mental health.  It is important to recognize healthy vs unhealthy mental health.  Discussing mental health makes the topic acceptable among those suffering from mental illnesses to seek help, learn to cope, and get on the road to recovery.   The more we talk of mental health, the more it becomes a way of well-being and not of illness; it becomes a way being positive and emotionally stable.

In addition to our counseling team here to support our students with academics and post-secondary education/career choices, we are lucky to have three health professionals in the field of mental health, also known as Social and Emotion Support.  Read about our team below.


 
Introduction to Mental Health Team

 Eydie Pankow

I’m Eydie Pankow, the School Psychologist here at Columbine. As the School Psychologist I have two roles: working with students receiving special education services and those within the general education programs. I partner with teachers, school administrators and counselors to provide both direct and indirect services to create connections between students, families and our school community. Services provided include individual assessment for special education placement, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling and conflict resolution.

About Me

I’m originally from Tucson, Arizona, graduating from the University of Arizona with my Bachelor’s degree in Education and my Master’s in Educational Psychology. After getting married, we moved to Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio. I completed my post-graduate education at John Carroll University, receiving my Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology. After living ten years on the shores of Lake Erie, my husband and I were thrilled to move back “out west!” I’ve worked in parochial, alternative and other public schools, but I will be a Rebel for Life, here at Columbine! My husband, son and I love hiking in the fantastic Colorado foothills.

Mrs. Pankow and Ms. Kershishnik  Mrs. Pankow and Ms. Kershishnik  

Kelly Kershisnik

My name is Kelly Kershisnik and I am the Social Worker here at Columbine. I am excited to be a part of the “best school on the planet!” I would like to take a moment to describe my role as a general education and special education school Social Worker. School Social Workers are the link between school and community in providing services to students, families, and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social emotional success. Direct and indirect services that are provided include assessment, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, individual counseling, group counseling, and coordination of school and community resources.

About me

I grew up in Littleton, Colorado and am a proud Columbine Rebel Alumni. I enjoy hiking, biking, and live music. I attended Colorado State University (Go RAMS!) where I obtained my Bachelors in Social Work. I went on to work in a residential treatment facility school for three Years. Then, I obtained my Masters of Social Work at the University of Denver. I am excited to be back at home working in Jefferson County Public Schools.

Erica Gabel

My name is Erica Gabel and I am the Prevention Counselor here at Columbine. As the schools Prevention Counselor I have a few areas of focus which include; working with and supporting the 100% remote students, 504 plans, overall social emotional learning support to students, education and prevention on substance use, and other challenges and barriers students face. I am here to bridge the gap between remote students and community, along with working with teachers, parents, students and staff to promote student success. Services provided are individual and group counseling, 504 coordination, crisis intervention, conflict resolution and assessments. 

Erica Gabel Ms. Gabel

About me

I grew up in Boulder, Colorado. You can find me hiking, camping, skiing, or taking my dog on adventures. I received my Bachelors in Social work from Colorado State University! From there I moved to San Luis Obispo, California and then to San Francisco  where I worked in behavioral therapy with children and youth in various environments and school settings. I returned to Colorado and continued work at a treatment facility which led me into pursuing my Masters. I attended University of Denver and received a Masters of Social Work. I am thrilled to be working as part of the Columbine community!


  Contact Us

We are here to support our students, families, and staff. The best way to get ahold of us is via email.  Please allow 24 hours for a response to email.
Eydie Pankow - 
eydie.pankow@jeffco.k12.co.us 
Kelly Kershishnik - 
Kelly.kershisnik@jeffco.k12.co.us .  
Erica Gabel - erica.gabel@jeffco.k12.co.us 

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