The purpose of the Family Services Department is to provide wrap around resources to our families. These resources include, but are not limited to assistance with utilities, housing, food, clothing, beds, mental health referrals, family support, and adult literacy. Addressing the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of our students and families creates a safe and nurturing environment at home and fosters the growth of healthy relationships.
Homelessness (McKinney Vento) Liaison, Foster Care Liaison, Title One Coordinator; Impact KC Coach
This is my 4th year at Brookside. Before moving into administration 2 years ago, I taught middle school science, grades 5-8. I have three amazing daughters, college, high school, and middle school. In the summer, we love to hit the road and camp in national parks. I look forward to increasing family engagement and connecting families with resources in our community.
Abby Breithaupt LMSW, CPT
I'm excited to start my 3rd year at Brookside. This will be my first year as the primary counselor, I have previously worked as the middle school counselor. I graduated with my Bachelors in Social Work from Avila University and my Masters in Social Work from Washburn University. I am also a registered Play Therapist. I have 18 years of social work experience working in mental health, non-profit and medical settings. I live with my two children, my husband and my dog. As a family, we love to be outdoors, travel and watch movies.
Alex Witt LPC
This is my fourth year at Brookside and I am looking forward to another amazing year. I earned both my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in Kansas City, Mo. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and previously worked at Crittenton Children's Center as a Hospital Therapist. My husband also works at Brookside, as the Activities Director, and we have two children together. I enjoy outdoors, traveling, and spending time with my family.
Kayla Gallo LMSW
This is my first year at Brookside and I am thrilled to be a part of this community! I am a former 3rd and 5th grade teacher and have previously counseled students K-12, as well. My bachelor’s degree is in elementary education from UCM and my graduate degree is in social work from UMKC. I have a wonderful husband and 2 adorable corgis and we love to exercise, cook, listen to music, and explore all over the U.S. as a family.
This is my first year at Brookside Charter. My approach to community, programming, business consulting, instruction, professional goal-setting, and fundraising is anchored in my passion for equity across race, gender and economic opportunity for all. I have more than a decade of experience building relationships in the education, health and community resource sectors in the Greater Kansas City Area. I currently support families and child development as a Parent Educator with Start At Zero. I am completing an Urban Planning Degree at the UMKC in the evenings and am full-time Mom of two active daughters, Rylen and Skylar.
I graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor's degree in human services, emphasis in youth services, and master's degree in social work. This is my 13 year in education. I have been a classroom teacher, dean of students, educational advocate, boys basketball coach and social worker. Communities In School surrounds students and families with a community of support by connecting them with the relationships and resources they need to succeed. Whether it is help with homework, providing basic needs supports or just being a listening ear, I do whatever it takes to ensure that our students and families have what they need to be successful.