About US

The Winnisquam Office of Student Wellness is funded by the federally awarded System of Care/Fast Forward 2020 grant by the NH Department of Education through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  

This grant supports several important initiatives within the Winnisquam School District and within our regional system of care partner communities, Laconia and Franklin.  This work includes building the Multi-Tiered System of Support for Behavior (MTSS-B) in all five schools and developing early childhood opportunities in the community. We hold Community Management Team Meetings monthly where community partners come together to discuss the work related to the Office of Student Wellness. The purpose of the CMT is to form community partnerships to meet the mental and behavioral wellness of children and families in our area.  In addition to building a regional system of Care, the grant has also allowed for the expansion of wraparound services.  Wraparound services are an effective support option for families with youth who have complex needs such as substance misuse and/or significant mental health challenges.    

Meet our staff

Sarah Fox

Sarah grew up in Tilton and Franklin and now lives in Sanbornton.  Her professional and volunteer life has focused on children and advocating for children, starting as an elementary school teacher and later volunteering for CASA, which inspired her to go to law school.  After law school, she worked for the Department of Education, the NH Circuit Court and for the Division for Children, Youth, and Families to advocate for children in foster care.  She's served as a Board Member for the NH Children's Trust, a statewide organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect since 2014.  She feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to live and work in this dynamic school community to support our children and families.

Jess Descoteaux

Jess is the Needs & Eligibility Coordinator for Wraparound servicing Franklin, Laconia, and Winnisquam school districts.  Additionally, she is the Communications Coordinator for the Winnisquam Office of Student Wellness.  She has been working in the Winnisquam Regional School District for the past 10 years in several different capacities. Her passion for helping youth and families make the connections needed in order to feel successful in all aspects of their lives has been a driving force behind her work in the district.  When not at work, you will find Jess with her daughters and granddaughter, outside enjoying the sunshine and nature, or inside in the cold weather and wishing it was warm.

SAMHSA Disclaimer
This website was developed (in part) under grant number SM063393 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.

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