Amanda Deeter - Social Emotional Mental Health Specialist

Life can throw you some curveballs but sometimes the end result is a home run.  Amanda Deeter had a curve ball thrown her way but she smacked the pitch straight out of the park and the ball hasn’t landed yet.

Deeter is in her first year here.  It’s possible you knew her for a New York minute as Amanda Carney.  That curve ball came at her when she first arrived here at the MCESC.  She lost her Social Security card under Deeter, her married name.  She did have her SSN card though with her maiden name and that’s how she was listed in our records until her new card arrived.  

Speaking of records. In the application process the plot thickened when somehow her name was inadvertently linked to another Amanda Carney, who had a criminal record and amazingly enough, worked in the same field as our Amanda Carney.  Once it was sorted out our Amanda Carney became Amanda Deeter, was officially hired and to say she has made a name for herself here at the MCESC in her first year is an understatement.

Deeter’s title is Mental Health Specialist but her role has evolved to Social Emotional Health Specialist.  She ended up here after having to navigate yet another curveball thrown at her back in college at Anderson, Indiana.

“I played flute.  As an eighth grader I was playing first chair at clinics for high school students.  I was travelling to clinics and workshops playing with other high schools students from Kentucky and West Virginia,” Deeter said.  “All I ever wanted was to go to college, study music and play professionally.”

Oh, but those curveballs.  Two weeks into her first year at Anderson she woke up one day and decided a career in music was not what she wanted to do after all.  What she had dreamt about doing since she was a child was no longer her passion. She would have to find another life plan.

A friend, astutely recognizing a caring personality trait in Deeter, suggested a meeting with folks in the Anderson University Sociology department.  Deeter was hooked and went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Family Science.  She would go on to earn a master’s degree in Community Counseling from Wright State University.  Deeter had taken the curve ball and hit it out of the park with a new career plan.

Utilizing her work experiences as a child and adolescent counselor at the Shelby County Counselling Center and then as a mental health therapist for the Darke County Educational Service Center, Deeter now is part of a team developing and writing educational products such as curriculum while also presenting at conferences and professional development workshops around the state.

“The one on one counseling in the community mental health setting was so direct and intense at times,” Deeter said quietly. “Taking a step back from direct service and now impacting students, families, and educators through curriculum and professional development has been exciting and it provides me with such a great opportunity for growth.”

This week, there is a team in Colorado Springs presenting some of the curriculum and educational products to school leaders from around the nation.  Associate Superintent Shannon Cox is leading a four person team at the Association of Educational Service Agencies at its annual conference. The Social Emotional educational products which Deeter helped create is at the forefront of the conference.

“The MCESC encourages growth,” Deeter said.  “The need for Social Emotional Learning components is taking off at break-neck speed.  It’s unfortunate we need these services but I am proud to be part of team of educational leaders that sees the need and is working to address it on a large scale.”

Some folks just seem to have a knack for making curve balls their favorite pitch to hit.  We have one of those right here in our MCESC family. Amanda Deeter is the MCESC.

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