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Hi, my name is Twyla George and I have been the School Social Worker at Mississippi Elementary since 2003. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of St. Thomas. I have worked with kids and teens in school settings for over 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in the field of adolescent chemical dependency. My first job in the district had me traveling to all of the high schools one day per week, to do groups for teens affected by chemical use/abuse.
At Mississippi, I have a variety of roles, such as serving as the McKinney-Vento homelessness liaison, helping with basic needs, doing small support groups for kids who are going through difficult family changes, have trouble making or keeping friends, or struggle with impulse control, anxiety, poor self-esteem, or have frequent conflicts with peers. I also go into classrooms and teach social-emotional skills and character education. One of the things I try to teach students is how to be kind and how to be your own best friend.
I am married and have two daughters who went to Anoka-Hennepin schools and are now young adults. One is an occupational therapist at a hospital and the other is a cosmetologist. I am also a grandma to two active boys and a sweet little girl! We like to travel, camp, walk our dog, and go to the YMCA. I am certified to teach yoga through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. I have attended The Adventures of Super Stretch, Yoga Calm, and Yoga for Classrooms trainings. I have taken courses through Mindful Schools to teach children mindfulness skills such as how to listen, be still, improve their focus and attention, and learn to self-regulate. I love teaching people of all ages how to relax, calm down, and deal with their emotions. I became a certified Mindfulness Educator in 2018. Mindfulness has been shown to help decrease stress, increase happiness, and help people live in the present moment. Mindfulness has also been shown to increase people's capacity for compassion for self and others, increase empathy, and increase feelings of gratitude and joy.
I am licensed by the state of Minnesota as a clinical social worker, which means I am qualified to provide counseling services. I worked in private practice at a mental health clinic part-time for seven years. I also did my clinical social work internship at an outpatient mental health clinic. My interests are mindfulness, art therapy, play therapy, group therapy, and helping out with the Talent Show, as well as leading the Run Walk Club and the Mindfulness Club with Mrs. Applequist. I am a Vikings fan, I have a German Shepherd puppy, and I love Hawaii.
I love to meet new people and help them in any way I can. I look forward to meeting you and your child(ren) in the future! Please feel free to call me or stop in to my office at anytime.