Social Work


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

In District 401, social workers are on hand to assist students at each of our schools as they navigate those challenges. 

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


Where You Can Find Our Social Workers


SCHOOL

SOCIAL WORKER

PHONE

Early Childhood Center

Bernadine Edwards

708-583-5860

Elmwood Elementary School

Meg Carin

708-583-6259

Elmwood Elementary School Meagan Walsh

708-583-5712

John Mills Elementary School Bernadine Edwards

708-583-5860

John Mills Elementary School

Patricia Faldani

708-583-6279

John Mills Elementary School Meagan Walsh 708-583-5712

Elm Middle School

Katie Blunier

708-583-6229

Elmwood Park High School

Nina Limbeck

708-583-6205

Elmwood Park High School

Agnes Stankiewicz

708-583-6210


What Our Social Workers Do


District 401's social workers provide a wealth of services at each of our schools.

Besides assisting young people who require additional social and emotional support, they also share their expertise with teachers who work with students struggling socially, emotionally or academically.

Some of the services that our social workers provide 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."


To Learn More


For additional information about social work in District 401 and the resources available for our students and families, please visit the pages listed below, or click the links located in the left-hand column.


► Social Work FAQ


► Social Work Resources