About Student Services

Our student services goal is integrated within the IB mission of developing caring young people who help create a peaceful world based in respect for themselves and others. In coordination with teachers, parents and the greater community, we will provide a comprehensive program addressing the academic and personal/social development of all MCDS community members.

Our student services mission is to enable academic, social, physical, and emotional success by stressing promotion of mental health and safety through individual counseling, education, and service.

What We Do:


Identify health and safety concerns in the school community and promote a safe and nurturing school environment.

Counseling / Mental Health

Provide health counseling, assess mental health needs, provide interventions, refer students to appropriate school staff or community agencies, and provide follow-up once treatment is prescribed.

Parent / Community Involvement

Promote community participation in assuring a healthy school and serve as a liaison to the Parent Guild in helping to provide socio-emotional learning (SEL) experiences to the parent and greater MCDS community.

Staff Wellness

Provide health education and counseling, and promote healthy activities and environment for school staff.

Health Services

Provide health screening, education, and support.

Mental Health Plan

Provide mental health services for students, faculty, and staff.

Student Services Newsletter

Our monthly Student Services newsletter provides helpful resources and wellness tips to the MCDS community. 


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Meet the Student Services Team

MCDS has expanded and more formally organized the Student Services team as part of our efforts to allow for differentiated learning and to support the social-emotional and physical well-being of students. This team is excited to work together to support our faculty and students!

Student Services





Director of Student Services & Head of Early Childhood: Megan Thornburgh
Dean of Students: Linda Tyranski
School Counselor: Julia Larson
Interventionist: Minette Harris
Assistant Student Services Coordinator: Paige Thao
Reading Specialist & Library: Allison Giesler
Math Enrichment Educational Assistant: Beth Sims 
Pre-K Educational Assistant: Danna Derkson 
Kindergarten Educational Assistant: Katy Carlson 
Grades 1-2 Educational Assistant: Logan Beatty  
Grades 3-4 Educational Assistant: Emma Everitt 
Middle School Educational Assistant: Rattanjit Sachdeva
Middle School Educational Assistant: Ellie Tyranski
All-School Educational Assistant: Karen Weatherwax
School Nurse: Tiffany Hanna
Health Office Assistant: Elizabeth Everitt
Heath Office & Auxiliary Program Coordinator: Dominick LaPorte