Health Center & Linkages to Learning

Linkages to Learning

Linkages to Learning School-based Health Ctr LogoLinkages to Learning is a school-based collaboration among the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Montgomery County Public Schools and non-profit, community based service providers. The program provides accessible services to at-risk children and their families to improve adjustment to and performance in school, home, and community. Prevention and early intervention services include health, mental health, social services and educational support.

 Phone: 240-740-4902

 Fax: 301208-7231

Hours 8:45-3:45pm  

Linkages Staff 

Referral Form 

Linkages Enrollment 

Formulario de Inscription 

Family Case Manager:

  • Assistance with food, clothing, medicine
  • Assistance with housing or utilities
  • Finding a medical provider
  • Child Care
  • Translation Services
  • Transportation to school meetings or medical appointments
  • Financial assistance to avert crisis


Family and Child Therapist:

  • Family instability (homelessness, death of a loved one, separation or divorce of parnets)
  • Mood disorders, such as; depression
  • Poor social skills
  • Difficulty with peer relationships
  • ADHD


Community School Coordinator:

  • Parent education and support
  • Tutoring or mentoring
  • Acculturation for families new to the country
  • Family and community events


Gaithersburg Elementary School

Dara Kruman: Family and Child Therapist    

Phone: 301-208-7230


Madeleyne Castaneda: Community School Coordinator

Phone: 301- 926-1397


Marta Acosta: Family Case Manager

Phone: 240-672-3362


Ruth Escobar: Assistant to GES Staff

Phone: 301-212-2771


Health room

The Health Room provides first aid, sick care and medication/treatment administration during the school day. The School Nurse case manages and develops health care plans for individual students with health conditions, monitors immunizations and communicable disease, and provides health promotion and education. DHHS provides vision and hearing screening annually for students new to MCPS, Kindergarten, follow up with first grade students and any student referred by MCPS staff or their parents. Free Flumist clinics are offered pending availability of vaccine in the Fall for all students enrolled in MCPS.


health room 2017-18
Lynda Ralli RN BSN School Community Health Nurse     email:  
Ana Rivera CNA CMT School health Room Technician     email:  

Phone: 240-740-4902

Fax: 301208-7231

Hours 8:45-3:45pm 

School Based Health Center Information:

The SBHC works with Linkages to Learning to provide both medical and psychosocial services in a familiar and family friendly environment. 
The SBHC provides medical health care for students enrolled at GES that have completed the enrollment consent forms. Medical care includes physicals, sports physical, health screening, immunizations, medications, Lab testing, access to dental care , health education and counseling. All students regardless of insurance status may enroll in the SBHC.
2 health room 2017-18
Lynda Ralli RN BSN School Community Health Nurse 

Ana Rivera CNA, CMT School Health Room Tech

Gaby Parra MA- Medical Assistant

Rebecca Fitzpatrick –OSC- Electronic Health Record Super User

Kathryn McCoy CRNP- Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner

Children’s Pediatrician –TBA –Not pictured 

Phone: 301 926-1628 

Fax 301-208-7231

Hours 8:30-3:30pm when school is in session


Frequently used forms are available below: