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Jessica Keene Named Cheltenham School District’s Director of Student Services

Jessica Keene Named Director of Student ServicesAfter more than 10 years assisting at-risk children in a variety of settings, Jessica Keene has been named the director of student services at the Cheltenham School District. Keene assumes the role from the recently retired Dr. Cheryl Horsey, who served CSD in a number of positions for more than two decades.

In her new role, Keene will oversee the district’s home and school visitors, manage mental health counselors and certified school nurses, and oversee the district’s K-12 school counselors, and oversee contract related services brought in to address the social and emotional needs of students.

“What an honor it is to continue to serve the Cheltenham community as the director of student services,” said Keene, who interned with Dr. Horsey when she was completing her pupil services supervisory certification in the 2018-19 academic year. “Offering supplemental support and services to students and families is crucial to overall student academic success, and I am committed to providing intentional and relevant services to our student population.”

Since 2017, Keene has been working with Cheltenham students and families as a home/school visitor, a position in which she oversaw truancy for Cedarbrook Middle School and Cheltenham High School; worked as the district’s homeless liaison; worked as the district’s foster care point of contact; linked students and families to community resources and services; and brought agencies to CSD’s schools to present topics impacting students.

Keene has also worked as the student and family outreach coordinator for the Norristown Area School District (2013-2017); blended case manager for Citizens Acting Together Can Help (CATCH), Inc. (2012-2013), a Philadelphia mental health services firm; and as a youth case manager for Oaks Integrated Services (2010-2012), a New Jersey health and social service program provider.

“I look forward  to working with our existing community partners and creating new partnerships,” she continued. “I will provide the oversight necessary to ensure our programs address the needs of our students at all points along the K-12 spectrum. I am excited to continue the district’s legacy of support.”

Keene graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice (Cum Laude) from West Chester in 2008 and completed an M.S. in criminal justice from West Chester in 2009.