Family & Community Engagement (FACE)

  • The Family and Community Engagement team consists of our Home School Visitor, three licensed School Social Workers, and our district's Bilingual Liaison. These positions work closely with all students and their families in developing and maintaining positive interpersonal relationships between members of the school district and outside agencies. In addition, they provide connections to community resources in supporting a family's basic needs. Their work is focused on ensuring an optimal schooling opportunity while balancing the personal development of the student.

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    Our needs assessment form helps us understand the needs of our students and families.


    Please find resources on our two go-to lists: Community Resource List or Quick Resource Guide

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    Meet Our Team 

    Cindy Sergeon-Smith, MA - Home School Visitor

    Mrs. Cindy Sergeon-Smith joined the district in 2015 as the Home and School Visitor. Prior to coming to SCASD, she spent 9 years providing direct in-home services to at-risk families and foster care students, as well as 9 years as an elementary school counselor. 

    Cindy obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Glenville State College in WV and later went on to receive her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Marshall University in WV. 

    Cindy is compassionate about helping others to achieve their personal and family goals.  Beyond her professional experience, Cindy values spending time with her husband and 3 children and loves to visit the beautiful “wild and wonderful” WV hills. 

    Morgan Bechdel, LSW - District School Social Worker

    Morgan received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice at Lycoming College in 2017. In 2019, Morgan graduated from Shippensburg University with a Masters in Social Work and proceeded to get her Pennsylvania license in Social Work. In 2023, Morgan became a certified School Social Worker through PDE. 

    She is extremely passionate about helping others and enjoys seeing the progress a person can make with community support. Morgan finds school social work rewarding and believes it continues to open her heart and mind to how she can learn, improve and GROW as an individual.

    Jessica Mayes, LSW - RIT Social Worker

    Jessica received her Bachelor's degree in Criminology with a Minor in Sociology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2011. She then went on to obtain her Masters in Social Work in 2019 from Walden University. She has worked with numerous populations, including psychiatric care, outpatient therapy and the correctional system. She is passionate about reentry and recidivism and these are areas where she continues to want to pursue long term.


    She is warm, caring and believes in the power of building connections with people to help them achieve their goals. She believes there is great value working with young people, and helping them to realize their full potential while helping them to navigate the challenges they may face along the way.


    Lexie Wise, LSW - High School Social Worker

    Lexie completed her undergraduate at Lock Haven University and proceeded to get her Master's in Social Work from Edinboro University. She received her license for social work in 2023 and looks forward to getting her home school visitor certification. 




    Alix Croswell - K-12 Family Liaison/Bilingual Educator

    Alix Croswell graduated from State College Area High School in 1994. She received two undergraduate degrees from Smith College, one in Latin American Studies, the other in Comparative Government with a focus on Latin America. During college, she spent her junior year abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco, California, where she taught First Grade Bilingual classes, Elementary World Language classes and Adult ESL night classes south of the city in East Palo Alto. She also spent 2 years working as the Community Resource Director & Student Support Manager at an elementary school with a student population that was 98% Hispanic. After working in California for a time, she went on to get a Masters of Education Degree with a concentration in Montessori from Xavier University. She holds a Pennsylvania Instructional II Early Childhood Certificate, an American Montessori Society Elementary I Certificate, and a K-12 English as a Second Language Certificate. She's taught in both public and private schools for the last 25 years, most recently at Easterly Parkway.

    As the district's family liaison, Alix supports our district's underrepresented, limited English proficient students and families as they navigate the school system and get themselves situated here in State College. She fills a new role in SCASD to support families and students with many different needs. She assists with school registration, connects individuals to translation and interpretation services, provides academic support to content area teachers, connects family members to Adult ESL/English classes, teaches Spanish-only English Learners at the elementary and high school levels, acquires and delivers clothing, home goods and furniture, and helps families gain access to community resources. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and has been working to increase the district’s ability to provide bilingual services for our community's rapidly growing Hispanic population. She also focuses her efforts on supporting families of students with unique special educational needs.
Last Modified on March 25, 2024