Social Work at John Mills

Sometimes circumstances outside of the classroom get in the way of students learning up to their capabilities.

The job of a school social worker is to help identify those external obstacles, and then work with the student to get the services needed to overcome those difficulties.

At John Mills Elementary School, Ms. Patti Faldani and Ms. Tricia Richards make up our social work team.

Ms. Faldani can be reached by email at this address, and Ms. Richards can be contacted here.

What Our Team Does

John Mills’ social work team provides a wealth of services to our students who are in need.

Our team works with students who require additional social and emotional support. The team also provides expertise and support to our teachers when they work with students who are struggling socially, emotionally or academically.

Some of the services that our social work team provides include the following:

► Social/friendship groups

► Executive functioning groups

► Individual social work

► Behavioral/academic observation

► Support to our response-to-intervention team

► Support to our special education staff

► Outside resources to students and families in need

As the National Association of Social Workers puts it:

School social workers pick up where teachers leave off. They are perhaps the professionals best equipped to address the social and psychological issues that can block academic progress. Through counseling, crisis intervention and prevention programs, they help young people overcome the difficulties in their lives, and as a result, give them a better chance at succeeding in school.

About 5 percent of the nation’s approximately half a million social workers work in the schools, primarily in public school settings. Besides helping youth with traditional academic problems, social workers aid others whose specific social, psychological, emotional or physical difficulties put them at risk for falling through the cracks. These include homeless youth, gay and lesbian youth and young people with physical or mental health disabilities.

Because social workers are trained to think of innovative solutions to complex problems, their interventions often make a strong difference for young people at risk for academic failure.

For More Information

We invite you to learn more about social work at John Mills and the resources available for our students and families by visiting the following pages:

► Social Work FAQ

► Social Work Resources