Social/Emotional Learning Coach
High school graduated from: Riverdale
College: Dani earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a Minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Previous employment: Most recently, Dani was the Behavioral School Social Worker for the Whitewater Unified School District and has additional school social worker experience in the School District of Milton, School District of Jefferson, and School District of Janesville. Prior to working as a school social worker, she worked for Jefferson County Human Services in the area of child protection and juvenile delinquency.
Family: Dani and Todd have three children; Autumn (7th grade), Blake (6th grade) and Hunter (4th grade) along with a one year old yellow lab, Ruger.
Hobbies/Free time interests: During my free time, I enjoy being outdoors including running, biking, and hiking. I also love spending time with my family.
What attracted you to apply in #PointerNation?: The Mineral Point Unified School District is doing a lot of great work to meet the needs of all learners and offers so much for students and families, which is one of the reasons that I applied for the SEL position. I also love the friendly small town feel and rich history that the Mineral Point community has to offer. I grew up in Iowa County and I’m happy to be moving back into the area with my children and husband. I am so excited about my role as SEL Coach for the Mineral Point School District as I believe in this role I will be able to help many young people and families navigate challenges and opportunities in life.
Quotable: “My favorite part of my experiences has been working with children and families, particularly those experiencing mental health challenges, trauma, and students experiencing homelessness. I enjoy teaching and mentoring future social workers and I also served on the state board for Wisconsin School Social Workers Association (WSSWA) in order to provide advocacy work at the macro/state level. I also enjoy writing grants. As a school social worker, I want to remove barriers for all youth and families in the educational setting. I want to educate others about trauma, mental health challenges, and homelessness. I also want to see all students succeed.”