NCCA Elementary Social Worker
North Carolina Cyber Academy
Hello Everyone! My name is Mrs. Jones and I am your School Social Worker! This is my first year at North Carolina Cyber Academy and I am extremely excited to be a part of such a wonderful school! I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (GO STEELERS!), where I received my BS, BASW, and MSW all from the University of Pittsburgh. I am currently licensed as an LCSWA (Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate) and as a CSSW (Certified School Social Worker). Over the years I have worked as a Social Worker in many settings from schools, the community, outpatient and inpatient treatment, and residential environments. Mental Health and Wellness is a very significant focus of mine, as it continues to evolve throughout our country as well as our school and district. I believe that when we are in a healthy space mentally and emotionally, we able to live life more freely. I truly enjoy advocating for students and families, and empowering them to become the best version of themselves!
School social workers are trained mental health professionals with a degree in social work who provide services related to a person's social, emotional, and life adjustment to school and/or society. School social workers are the link between the home, school, and community in providing direct and indirect services to students, families, and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social/emotional/behavioral success. School social workers are instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools, which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and the attainment of competence and confidence. School social workers are hired by school districts to enhance the district's ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school, and community collaboration is the key to achieving student success. (See https://www.sswaa.org/school-social-work.)
Attendance is also one of the many important aspects of school social work, and working to increase school attendance is important for student success. I will often reach out to the families of students who may be struggling with attendance concerns (via phone, email, or text) in order to ensure that the student and family are being fully supported, as well as assist them in creating a plan to help with reengagement.
Individual and Group Counseling
Addressing Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism
McKinney Vento Assistance/Case Management
Food/Utility Services Assistance
Community Collaboration and Engagement