My name is Melanie Yonke. I’m so excited to join FISD this year as the new District Social Worker!
I have lived in Fredericksburg for 9 years, but my family (the Behrends family) has been here since 1853! My grandparents, dad, aunts, uncles and cousins were all Fredericksburg Billies! I have two small Billies who attend Stonewall Elementary and a stepson who graduated from FHS in 2017.
I have a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from UT-Austin. I speak Spanish and lived in Mexico during graduate school. I love to travel and visit new countries and learn about different cultures. My social work background includes working in schools, nursing homes, hospice, non-profits, and 5 years working with the homeless population in Austin.
I look forward to working with FMS students and families this year to support students’ emotional, social, and environmental needs, and help them overcome barriers that may interfere with their academic success. I can provide individual and group supportive sessions, and refer families to resources in the community. Feel free to submit a referral by clicking on the link on this page, if you know a student or family who could use my services.