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School Social Workers

Promoting student wellbeing and school success

School social workers are trained mental health professionals who promote students' mental and emotional well -being and advocate for their successful participation in school. School social workers can assist with mental health and behavioral concerns, reduce barriers to learning, and serve as a liaison between the school, home, and community. All school social workers hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) aligns its school-based social work practice to the National School Social Work Model. Some of the many services provided by school social workers in ACPS include the following: 

Provide evidence-based education, behavior, and mental health services Promote a school climate and culture conducive to student learning and teaching excellence Maximize access to school-based and community-based resources
  • Provide supportive individual and group counseling 

  • Provide crisis intervention services

  • Participate in the special education assessment process 

  • Advocate for innovative practices that decrease stressors and promote emotional health

  • Increase student engagement by providing tiered supports that promote regular school attendance

  • Provide targeted supports to promote a school climate reflective of ACPS’ 2025 Equity for All Plan 

  • Use data-driven best practices to promote school policies focused on student wellbeing

  • Serve as liaison between school and community agencies. 

  • Coordinate the distribution of needed resources

  • Collaborate with in-school Student Support Team professionals to promote educational equity and student academic and personal achievement

  • Engage with families and caregivers to reduce barriers to student success


2023 - 2024 School Social Workers

If you need assistance with mental health services, shelter, food, clothing or other community-based resources, please contact your designated School Social Worker listed here.


Social Worker


ACHS: Chance for Change

Tamika Clark

ACHS: King St.

Andres Acosta

ACHS: King St.

Nayna Rizk

ACHS: King St.

Kristen Russo

ACHS: King St.

Ciara Carr

ACHS: King St.

Samara Christman

ACHS: Minnie Howard

Justine Hatim

ACHS: Minnie Howard

Melissa Finney

ACHS: Satellite

Kelly Wintz

Charles Barrett

Ratna Hilscher

Child Find

Emaline Henard

Cora Kelly

Leigh LaPaglia

Douglas MacArthur

Lauren Fitchett

Early Childhood Center

Kelly Wintz

Ferdinand T. Day

Jocelyn Gehrke

Francis C. Hammond

Amanda Corchado

Francis C. Hammond

Ebony Neptune

George Mason

Audrey Robinson

George Washington

Shawna Hampton

George Washington

Tania Ferran

James K. Polk

Angela Lee

Jefferson Houston

Jeremy Patterson

John Adams

Stephanie Cruz


Kelly Robinson

Mount Vernon

Lesley Barajas

Naomi L. Brooks

Jacquelyn Lusk

Patrick Henry

Kaitlyn Golden