• The Behavioral Health and School Safety Department is committed to supporting the educational achievement and social emotional health of all children. Each division within Behavioral Health and School Safety is designed to assist in creating a positive learning environment conducive to safe and academic growth, as well as social and emotional development.

    The Behavioral Health and School Safety Department is responsible for and supports students, schools and parents in the areas of attendance, open enrollment, parent & community concerns, school health services, Section 504, Social Emotional Learning Specialists and programs, student behavior/ discipline, student disciplinary hearings, and student intervention & support services.

  •        Proud to Be GESD!

  • Executive Director of Behavioral Health and School Safety
    Dr. Louis Laffitte
    623-237-7224

    Director of Social and Emotional Learning and Mental Health Services 
    Andrea Arellano
    623-237-7165

    Director of Student and Family Support Services
    Jody Gallimore
    623-237-7228

    Principal Coach for Multi-tiered Support Services and School Culture
    Sienna Shively
    623-237-7195

    Lead Nurse
    Emilie Heles
    623-237-5021

    Student Services Administrative Secretary
    Juana Hernandez
    623-237-7133