Welcome to the Stressbusters Committee

Dr. Goodwin started the Stressbusters Committee in 2004.  A subcommittee of the Counseling Advisory Committee (CAC), Stressbusters is part of the Whitman PTSA. 


The Committee aims to help students, parents and staff:


  • build resilience for handling some of the “normal” stresses associated with high school;  
  • identify and reduce unhealthy stress levels and their sources.  




Drug & Alcohol Information  

Stressbusters has compiled useful information for parents and students.  Click “Drug and Alcohol Resources” under “Whitman HS Quick Links,” on the Whitman web site, or click here:  http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/whitmanhs/counseling/dahelp.aspx.


Information from Mental Health Awareness and Teens: Empowering Parents presentation




Staff Laff


·      the importance of mental health

·      the need to connect with others 

·      the power of play…

…Whitman introduced STAFF LAFF in the 2015-2016 school year.


This year-round initiative’s easy, fun activities allows students and staff to learn more about each other’s common interests and unique qualities.  Activities also offer valuable opportunities for interaction outside of instruction and meetings, scheduled conveniently within school hours/events.


The STAFF LAFF goal is to enhance staff and student:

·      stress management 

·      willingness to reach out for emotional, professional or academic support 

·      engagement in school activities 

·      sense of partnership 

·      camaraderie (particularly among staff, within and between departments)




Wed., Oct. 26, 7:30-9:00 PM -- Parent Discussion, Media Center

Wed., Nov. 16, 7:30-9:00 PM – Speaker (TBD), Media Center

Wed., Feb. 1, 7:30-9:00 PM -- Parent Discussion, Media Center

Wed., Feb. 15, 7:30-9:00 PM – Speaker (TBD), Cafeteria       Snow Date: Wed., March 8


Wed., March 15, 7:30-9:00 PM -- Colleges That Change Lives, Cafeteria

(Whitman co-hosts this event each year with B-CC and WJ high schools.)   

Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families and students understand how to use the college search process to find the best college fit.   

Too often the media stories scare students and parents as they approach the college search process.  This should be a joyful time, not a high stakes game, which neglects the individual fit.  Find out why this happens and how the process can be approached with a focus on the student -- not the rankings and ratings -- in order to determine a great college choice.  www.ctcl.org


Committee Members

Please feel free to contact any of the following Stressbusters Committee members for further information, or to bring issues to the Committee's attention:   
Mimi Darmstadter, mimi.darmstadter@yahoo.com, Co-Chair
Robin Kogelnik, robin.kogelnik@gmail.com , Co-Chair
Beth Bautista, bethbautista@comcast.net
Keri Marshall, mackaynd@hotmail.com  

Liz Miller, eamillermsw@hotmail.com   


Karen Rosen, krosenlcsw@gmail.com 


Robin Rosenblum, robinrosenblum@gmail.com


Courtney Severe, courtsevere@gmail.com


Jeanne Wolfe,  dj5wolfies@gmail.com


Mary Zambri,  mzambri@verizon.net