My name is Heather Jackson and I am your School Social Worker at McKinley Elementary School! I have been a School Social Worker since 2016. Prior to working as a School Social Worker, I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. I then continued my education at Aurora University where I earned my Masters of Social Work degree.
List of Services:
CLASSROOM LESSONS: I reach 100% of the student population through RULER an emotional intelligence program taught at McKinley.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: School Social Workers are part of the special education team. We participate in meetings and assessments, communicate with parents/guardians, and serve as a resource to students, families and school staff.
SMALL GROUP SESSIONS: I facilitate various small groups to address student needs. These groups include but are not limited to: social skills, friendship skills, grief/loss and Social Academic Instructional Groups (SAIG).
INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS: I meet with students on a one-on-one basis to work on any problems they may be having including peer relationships, behavior problems, problems in the community, at home or in school. Social workers help students to develop social skills, coping strategies and to find positive solutions.
RESOURCES:I also help students and their families find resources they need including food, housing, medical, clothing, tutoring, substance abuse resources, counseling, domestic abuse support, and others.
As a School Social Worker, I feel like I have the best job in the whole building because I have the opportunity to work with all of our amazing students!
*Remember if your family needs anything please feel free to contact me!