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Thank you for visiting our website. We are a professional organization dedicated to promoting school social workers through advocacy, professional development and communication within the profession. Get resources, network with school social workers from across the state and learn how you can become involved and advocate for our valuable profession.
1. Earned MSW (College & Year): Master's degree from Fort Hays State University in May of 2022 and Bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in 2014.
2. Most Memorable Moment as SSW : I was able to develop relationships with many of the students I worked with this past year, but one student in particular opened up to me about some difficult things that were going on in her life as well as a lot of fears she was carrying. We were able to work through these and it was amazing to watch the weight be lifted off her shoulders. In just a few short months, this student made significant progress. Being able to make a positive impact on students’ lives is so incredible and something that I strive to do every single day.
3. Hobbies: I enjoy photography, scrapbooking, and decorating shirts with vinyl. I also love spending time outdoors with my husband and our 6 and 2-year-old boys.
4. Book with the most impact on you: I unfortunately have not had much time to read books lately, but I have set a goal to start reading more and am looking forward to reading several books soon. Maid, a movie on Netflix, which was based on a book ‘Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive’ had a big impact on me. It shows how difficult it is for a woman fleeing a domestic violence situation with her young daughter. With a history of working in child welfare and being familiar with resources in our community, I knew it was difficult for individuals within our community to get assistance and access the services they need. But, watching this show and seeing just how difficult it was for the mom to leave the father of her child and have the support and basic necessities for her and her daughter to survive made me want to do more as a social worker. I have always been a huge advocate for not only the students and families I serve but also everyone in our community. I have made myself very familiar with resources in the community so I can help those in need and be aware of who to connect them to if I am unable to assist. I would like to see more services available and have a goal of advocating and potentially developing more resources in the future.
5. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I am someone who feels that there are always things to learn. I would love to learn and be fluent in a new language. This would assist me in being able to provide better support and services to students and families, who speak a different language.
6. Favorite - song, movie, place to travel: My favorite place to travel to is the Rocky Mountains in Colorado as it is such a beautiful and relaxing place to explore the outdoors with my family. I also grew up going there every summer making many memories and I enjoy making similar memories with my boys.
7. What do you wish others knew about your job? I wish that others understood the importance of providing mental health resources to not only address current concerns but to also prevent or reduce future concerns. We as school social workers are so passionate about the students and families we are serving and are here to help.
School Social Worker
of the Year
Goldie Carr-Davis, LMSW Wichita H.S. Northwest
2022 Champion for Children
Shanna Bigler, KSDE Mental Health Education Program Consultant
(picture posting soon!)
Geary County USD 475 (under special education certified)
South Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative (Look under Student Support Services)
Spring Hill School District (Look under Support Services/Special Education: Non-KSDE
SW Positions Statewide (search social work statewide)
Welcome to #teamKSSWA!
Our association, Kansas School Social Work Association (KSSWA), is growing in membership and becoming more and more of an advocate for the school social work profession. We invite you to join our team! You can become a member (student, regular, associate, or retired) and come alongside the other fabulous school social workers that make up KSSWA.
KSSWA is the state association that supports Kansas school social workers by advocating at the local, state and national levels for their needs. Our Mental Health Awareness Day in Topeka that is a joint effort with school psychologists and school counselors is one example. You have the opportunity to meet with your Senator and Representatives and assist them in understanding YOUR profession and YOUR needs.
Whether you are a seasoned school social worker or just beginning your journey, your voice, ideas and energy is needed. The networking and professional development that is a part of KSSWA is so beneficial. KSSWA offered 18 FREE CEU's this year!!
We are looking for Regional Representatives for our SE and NE regions. Please contact me at email@example.com if you would like more information. Our board is passionate, dedicated and FUN. We are excited about this year and the impact KSSWA is going to have for our profession and the children, youth and families we serve.
I am beyond honored to represent you as the President of KSSWA.
Cheri Koochel, LMSW
KSSWA Mission: KSSWA is a professional organization dedicated to promoting school social workers through advocacy, professional development and communication within the profession.
2022 - 2023 Focus
Continue advocacy efforts through increased social media presence - Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, KSSWA website.
Expand Legislative Committee and increase communication to members regarding legislative updates.
Strengthen relationships with KSDE, SSWAA, Midwest Council and KSSWA University Liaisons.
Continue to provide relevant professional development through book studies and our Fall and Spring conferences.
Develop emerging leaders through increased participation on KSSWA and SSWWA committees.
Develop communication with members on a regional basis through the Regional Representatives. Provide opportunities to network by email, regional social events.
Continue to increase total membership by at least 20%. January 1, 2022 total membership was 227.
Retention of members by monthly member spotlights, engaging members in virtual contests.