Case Manager and Instructor, Washington County Mental Health Services
Stephanie Dunn is a Case Manager at Washington County Mental Health Services with a background in science, education, and the arts. Stephanie grew up in New York City, dancing and playing bassoon through her time at LaGuardia (a.k.a. the “Fame” high school). At Bard College, Stephanie explored her love of the natural world through Photography and Biology. In 2013, she completed two senior theses: a photography project focusing on sustainable family farms, and disease ecology research studying tick-borne disease transmission in white-footed mice. Stephanie went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Education and Special Education while teaching science at a charter school in Brooklyn, New York. Stephanie believes that children, with their curiosity, relentless questioning, and enthusiasm for hands-on exploration, are natural scientists. As an educator, she took the lead from her students, specializing in inquiry-driven and experiential instruction and curriculum development. With this attentive eye, Stephanie was drawn to engage her students in activities that nourished their social and emotional health. She and a small group of teachers established the practice of teaching Second Step, a supplementary social-emotional learning curriculum, to every classroom. In choosing to see and validate each student as a whole, she found she was better able to support them in meeting personal and collaborative goals. In 2019, Stephanie moved to Vermont to start her career in mental health services. She currently applies her skills in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and relationship building to serve and advocate for adults with developmental disabilities in Vermont. At Washington County Mental Health Services, Stephanie is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Crisis and Intervention Team, and Learning Collaborative. Through her work, Stephanie aims to arm members of her community with the tools they need to build empathy and understanding in themselves, so that together, we can power change with human connection, understanding, and compassion.