hiking at havasupai backpack on christinaself picture of christina slackta martinez School social workerMrs. Christina R. Martinez (formerly Slackta)

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Phone: 480-472-4599

Biography

Welcome... I was honored to join Westwood HS in December 2016 and I truly love being a Westwood Warrior!! My role as a School Social Worker is vast, but in a nutshell, I help with just about anything that could be interfering with a student's academic success. That could be helping with basic needs, such as food and clothing, which are addressed through programs like our WW food pantry or our on-site clothing closet. I can also assist families and students in connecting to resources available within the larger community, such as local food banks, shelter/housing programs and outpatient behavioral health services. Other barriers to academic success that I help to address are mental health struggles and interpersonal relationship issues (depression, anxiety, grief/loss, break-ups, bullying, divorce etc.). For these concerns, I am available to provide social and emotional support to our Westwood students and families through crisis intervention, SEL groups and brief solution-focused interventions. Lastly, I also work to provide support and SEL learning opportunities to our teachers & WW staff through larger scale campus-wide initiatives and training.

Credentials and Education:

ADE Certified School Social Worker - 2017

LCSW - 2009

MSW - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 2006  (go BLUE!!)

Bachelor of Science in Psychology - University of Michigan-Flint 2001

Fun Facts:

I'm originally from Michigan and moved to Arizona in 2006

I am outdoor enthusiast and have hiked several peaks around the Valley

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, gardening, painting, yoga, weight training, baking, walking my rescue pups, attending concerts and travel

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