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

LCS Zen Den  

School Social Workers

Karen Carlson, MSW, M.Ed.
Serving Sandusky Middle, Sandusky Elementary, and R. S. Payne Elementary
  515-5350 ext. 33017
Mark Clemons, LCSW
Serving Heritage High, Heritage Elementary, Fort Hill, and Empowerment Academy
  515-5400 ext. 35029
Lonice Harris, MSW
Serving Dunbar Middle, Bedford Hills Elementary, and Paul Munro Elementary
  515-5310 ext. 31013
Shannon Long, MSW
Serving E. C. Glass High and Laurel
Neisa Owen, MSW
Serving Linkhorne Middle, Linkhorne Elementary, Bass Elementary, and Hutcherson E. L. C.
Kristen Robertson, MSW
Serving T. C. Miller Elementary, Dearington Elementary, Perrymont Elementary, and Sheffield Elementary