By Ian Hanigan
During the last school year, as IUSD was in the process of creating a sweeping new accountability plan, feedback from parents, staff and other stakeholders made it clear that mental health was a high priority.
So IUSD created a brand new position — coordinator of mental health — and tapped Melissa Di Scala for the role.
Di Scala was a natural choice. The former social worker joined IUSD in 2011 as a school psychologist at Creekside High School, and before that she took on similar responsibilities in the Colton Joint Unified School District and the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.
Along with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cal State Fullerton, Di Scala has a master’s degree in educational psychology and an education specialist degree in school psychology from Chapman University. (She’s currently a doctoral candidate at Alliant International University.)
We sat down with Di Scala recently to talk about her new job and the work currently underway to support the mental health needs of more than 30,000 Irvine students.
NF: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. For starters, tell us about your new role.
MD: I’m the coordinator of mental health, crisis intervention and 504 plans. (Note: 504 plans are student …read more
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