DSA Middle School Parents and Guardians
At DSA we strive to assist all of our students in succeeding not only in their academics and arts, but socially and emotionally. This is why we want you to know that we have multiple support staff members who are here to help our middle school students address any social/emotional concerns that may arise throughout the course of the year. Please feel free to contact any of the following staff members if you have any questions or if we can assist you and your child in any way:
Joe Weber – Hi! This is my 8th year at DSA and I’m in the building five days a week so that means … I’ve come to wear several hats. As a support services specialist (LCSW) I perform a variety of services with a common theme: connecting people. In addition to providing social and emotional support to all students, I’m the RTI guy (I coordinate meetings for students who have academic and mental health concerns), the Depression guy (I deliver curriculum about depression and suicide to all 6th and 9th graders), the Gender Equality and Gay/Straight Alliance Guy (club sponsor), and the Ping-Pong Guy (self-explanatory). I have two young children and am learning a lot from the DSA parents about what parenting a middle schooler will be like (a ride that swings between joy and terror!). Please feel free to contact me at 720-424-1708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Dan Doyle – Hi! I’m a licensed clinical and school psychologist with 35 years of experience. I’m a former social studies and English teacher. I coached football, basketball and track. My work with individuals has ranged from the physically challenged, learning disabled, chronic health problems, to those with attention deficits, alcohol and substance abuse, emotional disturbances and with the highly gifted. I have taught as an adjunct professor on topics such as The Psychology of Exceptional Children, Marriage and the Family, Human Growth and Development, Career and Self-Exploration, Educational Psychology, Group Counseling, Behavior Management, and Neuropsychology. I will be at DSA on Mondays and Fridays to provide social and emotional support to all students. Please feel free to contact me at Daniel_Doyle@dpsk12.org.
Jorge Loera – Hello! I’m entering my fourth year as the Dean of Students at DSA and loving it. Prior to becoming a school-level administrator, I taught math for seven years in DPS. I have 10 years of administrative experience both as an Assistant Principal and Principal in Denver Public Schools. My main responsibilities at DSA are overseeing the academic and behavioral well-being of our students. I’m at DSA full-time and can also address any social/emotional concerns that your child may have. I will be working very closely with our school’s Social Worker, Mr. Weber, our school’s Psychologist, Dr. Dan Doyle, and our two middle school Support Service Providers to make sure we quickly and professionally address any concerns that may be impeding your child’s academic growth and success. Please feel free to contact me at 720-424-1717 or email@example.com.
Addie Hodge. Hi! I am currently finishing my final year of graduate school at the University of Denver to obtain my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. I worked at DSA as a social work intern throughout the 2013-2014 school year with Joe Weber, and I am thrilled to be back as a Support Service Provider. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Boston College and then worked in inpatient adolescent psychiatry and residential treatment until I began graduate school last fall. I look forward to providing counseling support for the middle school students and their families at DSA this semester. I will be at DSA on Fridays and can be reached at (720)424-1716 or through Joe Weber.
Aspen Wilson – Hello! I am excited to be a visiting member of the DSA community! For the next few weeks I will be in the building one day a week as a temporary Support Service Provider. I will be available to any students who may benefit from working with me. I also encourage staff members to speak with me about any student related concerns.
My experience with both youth and mental health comes from a variety of sources. I have worked as a preschool teacher, respite care provider for families with children with severe developmental disabilities, intern for the University of Denver’s Disability Services Program, and an inpatient psychiatric social work intern at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan. While each of these experiences was unique, they all further solidified for me the importance of providing every child and adolescent with the early and consistent individualized care and support they need and deserve. Upon graduating my MSW program in the spring, I decided to dedicate my future career to just that cause…And so whatever it is that DSA students need, I would love to help!