WILLIAMSTOWN -- On June 19 and 20, members of the crisis teams from Lanesborough Elementary, Mount Greylock Regional, and Williamstown Elementary Schools will gather for a two-day training with Maria Trozzi, M. Ed. Trozzi is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and director of the Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center. She is considered to be one of the foremost experts on child and family bereavement in the country.
Tri-district Superintendent Rose Ellis first organized a crisis team at WES in the summer of 2001. Trozzi spoke to faculty members then and has since come back to WES for additional trainings and workshops with faculty, staff and parents. This will be the first time that faculty from LES and Mount Greylock participate in the training.
WES Principal Joelle Brookner noted that Trozzi’s original work with the WES crisis team served as the foundation for the team’s mission and informed the development of school procedures of commemoration and dealing with loss.
"Unfortunately, the world has changed since Ms. Trozzi was last in Williamstown, and we are really looking forward to having her come back to speak with us about very current topics like helping children, families, and staff respond to and deal with events such as school shootings," Brookner said.
Karen Tynan, the School Nurse at WES, organized the tri-district training.
Trozzi will also come back to Williamstown in October to lead a workshop focused on helping children develop resilience. This session will be open to parents and guardians of children from all three schools.
Tynan will be retiring later this month after serving as school nurse at WES for almost 20 years.
"There is an energy to school nursing that I will miss," Tynan reflected. "School nursing has become more and more complex over the years and I have enjoyed these challenges. I have enjoyed working with administration to improve the health of our children and implement new wellness regulations. I have found the WES community to be very special - our staff, parents and of course our children. Children make an ordinary day into a great day. Children make you laugh. It is a great feeling to know you can make a difference in a child’s life."
For more information about Ms. Trozzi, please visit apbspeakers.com/speaker/maria-trozzi. For more information about the upcoming trainings, please contact Karen Tynan at 413-458-5707.