Welcome KSSWA Members and Friends!
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): University of Kansas, 2014
2. Most Memorable Moment as SSW : My favorite memories are watching the students I work with grow over the years. I’ve worked closely with a 6th grader over the last 4 years and the growth they have made regarding their social and emotional health has been incredible. I just had an interaction with them where they were clearly upset and used a few choice words and phrases, but I gave them grace and space. This student came back to me later (on their own) and apologized for their actions and was able to explain the situation, so I was better able to understand their point of view. Growth of students will always be my favorite.
3. Hobbies: Retired Professional Women’s Football player (KC Titans – Offensive Linewomen), Collecting Chiefs memorabilia, Going to Chiefs games, Women’s sports, Playing with my dog.
4. Book with the most impact on you:
5. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would love to be able to speak multiple languages.
6. Favorite - song, movie, place to travel:
7. What do you wish others knew about your job? I wish that others knew that school social work is so important for the academic environment. SSWs help address the growing mental health needs of students and assisting in assisting their families find appropriate resources to meet basic needs. SSWs also work with students that need extra help in learning social emotional skills that are missing. Teaching to these missing skills is just as important as teaching missing skills in math or reading.
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.