NEISD serves a broad spectrum of students and families, from refugees to high-income families, from students with intellectual disabilities to those considered intellectually advanced. With such a diverse community to support in the midst of current school climate and safety complexities, NEISD has intentionally researched, identified, and developed internal practices and external partnerships to support the mental health of all district staff and students. One of the most high-impact strategies NEISD has consistently invested in is their partnership with Communities In Schools of San Antonio. Starting in 2008 by case managing 80 students at one elementary campus, CIS-SA has since helped NEISD develop a continuum of mental health care that now stretches across whole campuses and whole feeder patterns of schools and collaborates to design and operationalize trauma-informed strategies, practices, and activities.
Lauren Geraghty is an ACE Interface Master Trainer as well as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for CIS of San Antonio. In her role with CIS, Lauren has developed an in-depth knowledge of tiered systems of support, integrated student support models, SEL strategies and has provided dozens of similar presentations to school district staff, youth development professionals, mental health specialists, and others over the past year.
Supervises and evaluates staff and programs within the Learning Support Services Department - Guidance Services, Early Childhood Education, Career and Technical Education, College and Career Readiness, Federal Programs, State Compensatory Education, World Languages, Family Specialists, District Translator, General Education Home Bound, Foster Care, Migrant Student Program and Instructional Materials Allotment, Manages the fourteen District Magnet programs at 10 NEISD schools. Synthesizes and implements State Board of Education and Texas Education Agency rules to ensure compliance with legal policies to include presentations to the School Board, Executive Staff, and Principals. Creates systems and structures to distribute and monitor Federal Grant money - Title I, II, III, IV, State Compensatory Education, and Instructional Materials Allotment totaling approximately $40 million Serves as district liaison for educational community partnerships – Rackspace, Communities in Schools, Advise TX, UTSA Prep, PreK4SA and Family Service, Alamo Colleges, and Trinity University Collaborates and fosters relationships with campus administration, district departments, and the NEISD community to support the mission and vision of NEISD.