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Marlene Stevens, school social worker, facilitates the educational and individual potential of students by providing services that promote school success. The school social workers’ primary role is that of a liaison/child advocate. She utilizes collaboration and consultation with students, parents, school administrators, faculty, and the community in the identification of family and student concerns. Her office provides appropriate interventions and services that help children and families that are at risk for educational failure. School social workers respect the individual differences of children and families and work to develop relationships with students and families to facilitate the desired changes identified by the student, family, and school. 
  • Maximize educational opportunities
  • Improve interpersonal relationships
  • Cope with crisis situations
  • Develop self-discipline
  • Learn problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Resolve conflicts without violence
  • Improve school attendance
  • Build self-esteem
  • Remain in school and graduate
School social workers work closely with building administrators and the School Reform Teams (SRT’s) to provide critical information for student assessment, evaluation and placement. Students may be referred for a myriad of problems and concerns that may significantly interfere with a student’s academic achievement and/or social adjustment. A student may refer himself or herself for social work assessment and intervention and/or by a parent, legal guardian, school personnel or others familiar with the student. Students can be referred for problems and concerns that include, but are not limited to, the following reasons: 
  • School adjustment / academic issues
  • Home adjustment issues
  • Personal adjustment issues
  • Community adjustment issues
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