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Drug and Alcohol Interventionists Hired by School District

Drug and Alcohol Interventionists Hired by School District
Posted on 01/07/2016
D&A News

Port Angeles, Wash. – Leeann Grasseth and Alexander Teel have joined the Port Angeles School District staff team full-time as drug and alcohol interventionists at the secondary school level.  Grasseth will serve at Stevens Middle School and Teel will be based at Port Angeles High School.  The positions were approved by the Board of Directors at their December 10, 2015 board meeting.

Grasseth and Teel will provide counseling support, case management, academic coaching and referral to students who are at risk of dropping out of school; students significantly impacted by alcohol, tobacco and drug use and/or abuse; or youth in need of assistance to successfully transition from incarceration back to school and/or community.

Leeann Grasseth
“I am very passionate about assisting youth, families and the community build strength and foster resiliency,” said Grasseth. “Prevention is a universal approach; therefore, I will be working with youth who may not have substance use effecting their lives. Intervention is a targeted approach to helping youth.”

“I will be working with youth who want to foster a drug free environment and assist in planning events,” Grasseth continued. “I will provide prevention in the classrooms during extended learning time, conduct group session using Life Skills and Second Steps curriculum, and work individually with youth that may be impacted by family substance use or their own use, tobacco use, self-harm and those that may be having thoughts of suicide.”

Grasseth attended Washington State University and received her degree in Human Development with an endorsement in Family and Child Development.  Most recently she was a prevention specialist for Clallam County health and Human Services.

Grasseth can be reached by email at lgrasseth@portangelesschools.org or phone, 360.565.1786.

Alexander Teel
Teel will work with three student groups to start with. “I will work with students and clubs who have an interest in helping youth make healthy choices,” he explained. “This may be similar to R.A.D.D. - Rough Riders Against Destructive Decision, a previous program some may remember. It’s important to utilize peer pressure in a positive direction.”

“I will also focus on assisting students who have substance use in their homes and teach students how to deal with that kind of stress,” he added, “plus give individual attention to students that use drugs or alcohol themselves from low level prevention to substance dependence. For students struggling with chemical dependency, I will be utilizing a strong intervention approach.”

Teel completed his Associates in Arts degree from Peninsula College with a focus on rehabilitation counseling. He was issued his Chemical Dependency Professional License in 2011. For the past three years, he has served as a chemical dependency professional with Clallam County Juvenile and Family Services.

Teel can be reached by email at ateel@portangelesschools.org or phone, 360.565.1620.
­­­For additional assistance, contact:
Tina Smith-O’Hara
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District
360.565.3703
tsmithohara@portangelesschools.org