Name: Megan M. Michalek,
Room Number(s): Guidance Office
Subject(s): Social Worker for Gateway STEM High School
Building Phone: 314-776-3300 Ext. 11011
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What is a School Social Worker? : School Social Workers provide a vital link among the school, home and community. School Social Workers are involved in providing services to all students. They provide direct services to students and their families including casework, group work, as well as providing crisis intervention, consultation and making referrals to community agencies. School Social Workers consult with teachers and administrators and frequently participate on teams within the schools.
School Social Workers work with students and families for many different reasons. Several of these include: social & emotional supports, family issues, behavior concerns, mental health conditions, child abuse/neglect, substance abuse, life-threatening behaviors, economic deprivation, special education assessments, truancy concerns, inadequate health care & accessing basic needs. We also help our families understand school policies and procedures. School Social Workers provide advocacy for the child/family and are an important link to community resources as well.
I received my undergraduate degree from Maryville University in St. Louis with a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Sociology. I received my Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri. I also earned a Master Degree in Education from Lindenwood University.
I enjoy my work as a school social worker with SLPS. Working with teenagers to become empowered & successful young adults is my life calling. I also enjoy learning about diverse cultures, spending time in nature, reading, movies, animals and traveling around the globe.
"When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts" Dalai Lama