GIS Counselors Corner

Last Updated: 7/12/2021 3:05 PM

Hello GIS families and students, my name is Mrs. Martell and I am one of the counselors at GIS.  I am so excited to be back in school and see our students in the hallway.  I am here to continue to support their academic and social emotional needs.  I can meet with students individually, in a group setting and also provide classroom lessons.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.  I am support for the student and family.  

I am very excited this year to have Sarah Skowronski with us.  She is part of the Child and Adolescent Health Center (CAHC) at Gaylord Intermediate School.  The CAHC is a school mental health and wellness center and functions under the Gaylord Blue Devil Wellness.  The goal of the program is to improve the mental health of our youth, by providing care that is easily accessible for the students and their families.  We are conveniently located within the school and schedule appointments throughout the school day.  We also provide telehealth services to children who are enrolled in Gaylord Community Schools online schooling.  Services are centered around the child’s identified needs and include but are not limited to: addressing behavioral concerns, mental health services for mild to moderate mental health diagnosis, building social skills, providing support, improving personal relationships, and enhancing the overall mental health of the youth.  We will be offering creative access to supportive services for your child and family, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

If you would like to make a referral for counseling, please complete the form below or we can be contacted at 989-731-0856


  • Financial/health insurance resources
  1. United Way (For general community resource inquiries): 2-1-1 or
  2. Health Department of Northwest Michigan: 989-732-6865 or 231-330-4693 

  3. Free or low cost health coverage for children under the age of 19 or pregnant women of any age. Go to MIBridges at or call the MI Child and Healthy Kids number: 888.988.6300.   

  • Mental health services
  1. Blue Devil Wellness Center: 989 732-6890 or email
  2. 24 hour mental health crisis line: 1-877 470-4668 (North Country Community Mental - Crisis counselor text line (24/7, national service): text HOME to 741741
  3. National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  4. OK2SAY: - For medical or safety emergencies, families should continue to call 9-1-1.
  5. Michigan Centralized Intake for Abuse and Neglect toll-free hotline: 855-444-3911
  • Social/emotional Resources 

  1. Trails to Wellness:

  2. Coronavirus Anxiety- Helpful Expert Tips and Resources:

  3. Parent Toolkit around social emotional health:

  4. Mindfulness Activities for Families (provided by MAISD Mindfulness trainers)

    Activities that teach coping skills that families can do together to increase healthy and safe conversations and feelings around the current state we are in right now. This will include printable handouts and links to free mindfulness activities, This will be updated with a new online folder each week that can be accessed by clicking on the link.

  5. Michigan Model for Health Family Resource Sheets on germs, stopping spread, and stress management (you will need to download)

  6. Coping Infographic: Helping Children Cope with Stress During COVID-19 Infographic

  7. HealthyHomes: Action for Healthy Kids-Healthy Activities to do at home. It includes ideas from nutrition to relaxation techniques, yoga, etc...

Additional Info

Kate Martell

Kate Martell
989-731-0856 x1509


Sarah Skowronski

Sarah Skowronski
CAHC Behavioral Health Therapist
989-731-0856 x1508