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Profiles of Alexandria City Public Schools School Nurses

Lisa Clausen I am a third generation nurse and proud graduate of Alexandria City Public Schools! I returned to ACPS as a school nurse 11 years ago after working in a variety of health care settings. As a school nurse, I not only get to practice independently in the school clinic with students and their families, but am a member of a dedicated team (including school staff, community health care providers and nurses) which works to ensure that every student's needs are met - physical, social, emotional and mental.

Kids with unmet health needs have a difficult time learning in school, so our job ("it takes a village") is to help alleviate barriers to learning and produce successful learners who are engaged in school. I especially enjoy promoting health with students, whether it be holding a bike rodeo, walking home with fourth- and fifth-graders in our after-school walking club or dressing up as a tooth fairy to promote dental health!

Lisa Clausen
Mount Vernon Community School

Deborah Schoemer I've wanted to be a nurse since I was in middle school, a choice clarified by my experience as a Red Cross "Candy Striper" volunteer one summer at the county home for the aged. After graduating from Penn State, I began my career in a Pediatric ICU before moving to Virginia. Continuing my career at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., gave me the diverse experiences that I found so helpful when I switched to school nursing.

School nursing in middle school gives me the opportunity to help students make the important, often stressful, transition from elementary to secondary school and watch them mature over the three years. One job aspect I enjoy is helping those students with chronic health conditions become more confident and independent with their care. It's a privilege to be a resource for the students' health care needs and questions, and I hope I play a part in educating them to make wise choices now and in the future.

Deborah Schoemer
George Washington Middle School Campus

Gaynelle Pearson I have been a school nurse in Alexandria for more than two decades. What an experience it has been! I worked as an elementary school nurse both here and in Europe. I enjoyed working with the younger children and families. However, I was given the opportunity to work with adolescents, and the "rest is history"!

I have been so fortunate to work with caring families, dedicated teachers and energetic young people. The students come from diverse backgrounds, but all respond to a caring, concerned, respectful attitude. It is such a joy to watch these emerging young adults, and imagine the possibilities. There are many days when I can say "School Nursing Rocks"!

Gaynelle Pearson
Minnie Howard

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