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School social workers

The goal of the social work program is to partner directly with families, educators, students, and our communities to address and overcome barriers to academic achievement at the elementary level. Ultimately this partnership provides the necessary support and guidance that are essential to academic success and sound life decisions.

School social workers are licensed mental health professionals trained to provide support and interventions to children and families proactively and in times of emotional/mental health crisis.

They do this by providing individual, small group and family support. Sessions focus on:

  • Improving social, emotional and academic functioning
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Behavior modification
  • Specific skill development
  • Building trusting connections with each student and their family
  • Direct consultation and linkage to appropriate community resources for families
  • Help children and their families meet basic needs and overcome barriers to education

Please note that social work settings are created around the ever-changing and unique needs of each school and may vary throughout the year and at each site. Please contact your child’s school social worker for more information.

Toonen staff photo

Amy Toonen, MSW, LICSW

952-423-7896 ex. 78310
Schedule: M-F 8am-2pm

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Marisa McNamara, LSW

952-423-7896 ex. 78313
Schedule:  T/W/Th 8am-2:30pm

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