The School Social Work Association of America recognizes school social work as a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession. School social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team. School social workers are trained mental health professionals who provide services related to a student's social, emotional, and life adjustment to school and/or society. By linking school, home, and community systems, school social workers are able to holistically meet the social, emotional, mental, physical, and educational needs of all students.


What do School Social Workers Do?
  • Community resources for students and families
  • Mental health services/referrals to students and families
  • Advocate for student and family engagement with the academic process
  • Assessments as part of the eligibility process for special education
  • Collaboration with outside agencies
  • Crisis prevention, intervention, and postvention
  • Psychoeducational groups with students
  • Family assessment and planning team members and case managers
  • Trainings for staff, students, and parents
  • Liaison between home, school, and the community

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School Social Workers

Shannon Long, MSW (Lead)
Serving Perrymont Elementary and Virtual Academy
  515-5250 ext. 25210
Karen Carlson, MSW, M.Ed.
Serving E. C. Glass High and Bass Elementary
Mark Clemons, LCSW
Serving Heritage High, Heritage Elementary, and Fort Hill
  515-5400 ext. 35029
Lonice Harris, MSW
Serving Dunbar Middle and Dearington Elementary
  515-5310 ext. 31010
Neisa Owen, MSW
Serving Linkhorne Middle, Hutcherson Early Learning Center, and RODEO
Brenda Paradiso, LCSW
Serving Linkhorne Elementary, Sheffield Elementary, and Paul Munro Elementary
  515-5240 ext. 24140
Shannon Peerman, MSW
Serving Sandusky Middle, Sandusky Elementary, and T. C. Miller Elementary
  515-5350 ext. 33017
Ashley Slaydon, MSW
Serving Bedford Hills Elementary, R. S Payne Elementary, and Laurel Regional Program 
  515-5270 ext. 27114