Phone: DESK: 651-744-6280 / WORK CELL: 612-276-2898 (this number can receive calls and texts)
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. from Iowa State University Psychology Child, Adult, and Family Services Certified Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate
Mr. Sam Beck
Hello Crossroads Families!
My name is Sam Beck, and I am the Student Support Specialist for Crossroads Science! Students generally call me Mr. Sam! This is my third year at Crossroads, as well as my third year in Saint Paul Public Schools!
Before coming to Crossroads, I worked as a Youth Advocate at Cornerstone Advocacy Services in Bloomington, serving youth and families impacted by different forms of interpersonal violence and trauma. I loved my time there - I owe much of who I am as a professional, and a person, to my former Cornerstone families and colleagues. After 3 and a half years at Cornerstone, I decided I wanted to explore the challenge of working with children and their families in a school setting. This is what brought me to Crossroads!
When I'm not at work, I enjoy being active and trying new things! I love playing all sorts of sports - my favorites are basketball, kickball, pickleball, and football. I love biking, hiking, and exploring - my favorite destination is anywhere on the North Shore (but particularly Grand Marais). I'm always looking to do more traveling, so if you have any destination suggestions, feel free to send them my way! When I'm not being active, I enjoy watching and following sports (go Vikings, Twins, and Timberwolves!). I also enjoy spending quality time with friends and family, and taking care of my many plants! A final thing to know about me is I LOVE jokes and puns, so if you have any good ones send those my way as well!
As a Student Support Specialist, my role is to support students and their families in a variety of ways, in collaboration with the Crossroads Student Support Team (administration, school counselors, school social worker, school nurse) as well as Teachers! My ultimate goal is to support students so that they are ready to learn - physically, mentally, and emotionally! I'm excited to learn from you, and work alongside you, this year!
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -Aesop