Hi, my name is Robyn Hjorth-Martin and I am the School Social Worker at Crooked Lake Elementary. This is my first year at Crooked Lake Elementary and I am so excited to be part of the community. I was a school social worker for 3 years at Minneapolis Public Schools and before that I was a clinical social worker at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital for over 7 years, where I worked with children with cancer. I received my bachelor’s degree in social work at Winona State University and my masters of social work at Loyola University-Chicago.
My husband and I live in Saint Paul with our two amazing children and our beloved dog Oscar. I love to read, bake, hike and ski in my free time.
My role is to help the teacher, student, and family identify and address issues that may prevent the student from being successful in the school setting. I am a member of our Student Success Team and provide assessment and interventions to help improve student’s social/behavioral functioning. I provide classroom guidance lessons to all grade levels focusing on self-regulation and social/emotional learning. I facilitate many student support groups to help address the needs of the students. I provide counseling and meet with students both individually and in small groups. Some common reasons for referral would be:
• Family change (divorce, separation, moving)
• Grief and Loss
• Anxiety - Excessive Worries
• New student adjustment
• Bullying and Friendship Difficulties
• Peer Mediation
• Self-esteem Concerns
Additionally, I am here as a resource to assist families in connecting with available community resources and can provide referrals to appropriate agencies.
Please feel free to call or email me with any concerns regarding your child’s social/emotional needs. Wishing all a Great and Successful School Year!!
Robyn Hjorth-Martin LICSW/MSW