Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead is excited to welcome Natalie Maryansky, LICSW, as the new full-time director of student services. She assumed the position in August after the retirement of Dr. Nancy Harrison in June.

In keeping with EHS’s firm belief and commitment to nurturing all aspects of children’s growth and development, Maryansky will continue to teach social thinking lessons. Social thinking is a curriculum that helps children to learn lifelong skills, such as how to recognize the size of a problem and one’s reaction to it, how to respectfully disagree and how to give and receive compliments and feedback. Maryansky will be teaching classes in grades K-5 and will have a special lunch elective for middle school students. 

Maryansky will facilitate the learning center by working with learning specialists and classroom teachers to provide support to children who are learning either above or below grade level. She will also be a resource to parents, community members and local preschool teachers on timely issues that affect children’s social emotional and academic development, such as growth mindset, screen time/technology and executive functioning. 

Maryansky holds a master’s in social work from Simmons College, MTEL certification in communication and literacy and is licensed as a school social worker/adjustment counselor. Prior to joining EHS, she worked as a school-based clinician in the Boston Public Schools with the Children’s Wellness Initiative, a school-based counseling service provided by Franciscan Children’s Hospital whose mission is to increase accessibility to mental health services and decrease stigma.  She not only provided individual therapy to children ages pre-K to eighth grade, but she also played a large role in the expansion of the program within the Boston Public School system. 

Maryansky and her husband, Brian, live in Salem with their 5-month-old daughter.

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