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Feb 27
AOTA Selects Haber Oaks Occupational Therapist to Present at National Conference
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) selected Michelle Ponsolle-Mays to present at the national conference this spring. Ponsolle-Mays is an Occupational Therapist serving students at Haber Oaks, Central, and Cary Grove.  Occupational therapists (OT) help students participate across their school day by promoting physical, social and mental health; and collaborate with educators to design and develop instructional practices that facilitate learning.  

“I am passionate about my role and thoroughly enjoy collaborating with the students and staff at D155.  Occupational therapy practitioners support the academic achievement and social participation of all students, and it is exciting to serve D155 in a capacity that facilitates change on both a school-wide and individual level,” said Michelle Ponsolle-Mays, D155 occupational therapist.


IMG_7168.JPGThe title of Michelle’s session is Opportunities for Occupational Therapy Practitioners in Reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act to Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). She will serve on a panel with colleagues from across the country to discuss best practices in schools.


“Michelle has been a wonderful program resource for Haber Oaks Campus as we work to serve the diverse needs of our students. Her ability to look through a unique lense and recommend supports for our students is truly making a difference in our day-to-day programming ,” said Julie Duncan, Haber Oaks Campus coordinator.


Michelle has nearly two decades of experience working as an OT with youth, and is active at the  state and national level on the behalf of her profession.  She has been supporting students in District 155 for the past two years, prior to that she served students in District 26 and District 96.


Michelle has demonstrated innovation throughout District 155 and continues to challenge the way we think about tier one OT services in the educational system,” said Kim Dahlem, director of student services.


The national conference will be held in Philadelphia March 30 - April 2.


District 155 employs three full-time occupational therapists. They support students at the district’s five schools including Haber Oaks Campus.


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