SPeaker INformation

SPeaker INformation

Maria Shermoen

MSW, LGSW , Head Start Mental Health Coordinator Duluth Public Schools

Maria Shermoen is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker who has her Master’s Degree in Social Work, and is licensed as a school social worker. Maria has been working with children and families for the past five years in a variety of different settings.

Maria is a mental health coordinator for preschool with Duluth Public Schools. She has worked as an outpatient therapist for individual, family, and youth services, and provided youth counseling for at-risk students in a residential setting.  

Maria is passionate about serving children and families in education and her community. As a mental health provider in education, Maria is dedicated to working with staff to provide the best services and plans of support aligned to the whole child in the school setting. Specialized areas of programming that Maria focuses on are children’s mental health, behaviors, and interventions.

Maria’s work is grounded in data, student narratives in and out of school, and collaborative data-driven decision making to help formulate individual services, programming, and supports that set students up for optimal growth and success in their academic journey. Maria believes that the vast array of social-emotional and challenging behaviors that can surface in today’s youth are often symptoms of a much more deeply rooted need or problem.  

“Behavior is a form of communication, and as the adults in our profession, it’s our job to ensure the students’ needs are planfully met where they are on any given day. Our role in this process is vital to a child’s safe space and success within their school.”  ~Maria Shermoen

Jacob Laurent

Climate Coordinator, Duluth Public Schools

Jacob Laurent currently works as  Climate Coordinator for the Duluth Public Schools District in Duluth, Minnesota.

Jacob has spent his diverse career experience working in a variety of educational settings and roles, including wilderness therapy on the Superior Hiking Trail, teaching, and working as an Aventura instructor at a therapeutic boarding school in Costa Rica. More recently, he has spent the past eight years working in the Duluth Public School District, focusing on the social, emotional, and behavioral side of MTSS. Before that, he was working as the Dean at a Duluth elementary school. Jacob is passionate about his work and believes that happy adults impact and motivate happy kids and that efficient systems, in addition to a “bucket-filling” mindset, can make a tremendous difference in the educational profession.

Session INformation

Session INformation

Live Session: August 10th at 10:15 AM CST - 11:15 AM CST

This session will focus on trauma-informed practices and strategies to support student behavior and social-emotional needs in our students. The work will focus on adult communication and response through a lens of equity, relationships, communication, and compassion.