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): from KU in 1999.
2. Most Memorable Moment as SSW : When I run into students/families that I have worked with that have graduated or moved and they stop to tell me the positive impact that I had on their life.
3.Hobbies: Camping, attending my 16 year old twins' athletic events, attending KSU athletic events, Chiefs football, country dancing and spending time with my family.
4. Book with the most impact on you: What Happened to You? by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey.
5. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would love to be a mechanic, just to work on my vehicle and my twins' vehicles, instead of paying someone else to do it!
6. Favorite - song, movie, place to travel: I would love to go back to Brazil, when I was 20 I played on an International Basketball
7. What do you wish others knew about your job? I wish that people knew that although I feel like I have the best job in the world, and it can be verey rewarding, some of the challenges that I face include being unable to fully resolve the problems I encounter, working within a system that often lacks adequate resources, and shouldering the emotional burdens of my students and families.
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
From the President:
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
Geary County USD 475 (under special education certified)
NEW! Goddard Public Schools (Special Education Licensed Staff)
NEW! KCK Public Schools
NEW! USD 290 Ottawa
NEW! Shawnee Mission School District (sub position with the potential of full time in the fall)
South Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative (Look under Student Support Services)
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.