Social Work

School Social Work

School Social Work is specialized practice within the social work profession. School social workers are trained in understanding the interaction of the individual and his/her environment. They also receive training in crisis intervention. School social workers do comprehensive assessments within the school setting to determine student's needs.

School Social Work Services

School Social Work Services are provided to children from birth through their school years as required by state and federal law. School Social Work Services are offered when a student shows signs of social, emotional, physical, or environmental difficulties that interfere with their school adjustment and achievement. The following are some examples of behaviors that may indicate the need for services:

  • Constant discipline problem 
  • Irregular school attendance 
  • Aggressiveness toward others 
  • Poor peer/adult relationships 
  • Substance abuse 
  • Depression 
  • Lack of concern with appearance/apathy 
  • Suicidal verbalizations/gestures 
  • Excessive shyness 
  • Frequent physical complaints 
  • School age pregnancy 

School Social Workers Assist Students

  • To understand themselves and others 
  • To improve relationships 
  • To build their self-esteem 
  • To cope with stress 
  • To develop self-discipline 

School Social Workers Assist Parents

  • To identify and meet their child's social and emotional needs 
  • To actively participate in their child's education 
  • To understand programs available to their child 
  • In understanding school policies, procedures and decisions that will affect their child 
  • In becoming aware of community resources 

Students May Be Referred

Students may be referred by contacting the principal in the building where the child attends in order to discuss concerns.

Social Workers
Phone Extension
Schools they serve
Email Address
Stacy Bliss
989.673.2144
ext. 30419
Mayville
PREP/TTC
Vassar
 Katie Bristol 989.823.3040
ext. 2143
PWL kbristol@tuscolaisd.org
 Jeff Davis 989.673.5200
ext. 30551
Betsy's Place
HPS
Kingston
jdavis@tuscolaisd.org
Rhonda Dennis
989.673.5200
ext. 30352
Caro Center
Lighthouse
HPS
 Amanda Faist 989.673.2144
ext. 30358
Millington
Reese
 afaist@tuscolaisd.org
Heather Grigg
989.823.3040
ext. 1228
Millington
PWL
 Carrie Hillaker 989.673.2144
ext. 30434
Caro
Fowler Center
chillaker@tuscolaisd.org
Sue Hoheisel
989.673.2144
ext. 30475
Akron-Fairgrove
USA
MTSS
Kathy Mroz
989.673.5200
ext. 30221
Cass City
PWL
Kristine O'Connor
989.776.0421
WEC
Judy Stapleton 989.673.5200
ext. 30439
Early On
STEP
jcstapleton@tuscolaisd.org