Mark Romero wins Behavioral Health Champion honor
The North Range Behavioral Health Board of Directors has named Mark Romero, Student Facilitator for Greeley-Evans School District 6, as its 2022 Community Champion of Behavioral Health.
Romero, a 28-year veteran at District 6, provides vital support for students who are struggling with school attendance. He meets with families, conducts home visits, and occasionally makes referrals to North Range's Day reporting Center, which provides a safe space for teens to learn and practice emotional skills.
"I believe that it is all about relationships. You need to build positive relationships where kids and families trust themselves, each other and me. We do that by being open, honest and realistic. I offer as much hope as I can," Romero said.
"Mark works with youth in the district who are at risk of dropping out or expulsion and have poor attendance or behavioral issues, and works with our staff to provide them with essential services," said Kelly Slade, Program Director of Intensive Youth and Family Services. "He is a huge advocate for students and works tirelessly to build a relationship with them and help them meet their own goals. He is compassionate, empathetic, and goes above and beyond to meet with families and work with the kids and North Range."
Romero said his goal is to create and strengthen bonds with students.
"My parents were both educators and I strive to carry on their legacy by helping children and families. They taught me to always ask 'Is this good for kids?'" he said. "Before I make any kind of decision, I always ask myself whether this is the right decision for the student. We want them to feel confident about the present and excited about their future."
Romero will be honored at the Board of Education meeting on December 12 at 6 p.m. The meeting is held in the Board Room at the District 6 Administration Building, 1025 9th Avenue in Greeley.