School Counseling

Social Work Services

  • Today’s students face many social and personal problems that threaten their ability to do well in school and inhibit their progress toward becoming productive citizens.  Educational failure not only threatens the future of the individual, but also impedes America’s social and economic status as it competes in world markets. 

    To promote educational success for our students, Orange County Schools utilizes School Social Workers, Family Specialists (provided through a collaborative with the Department of Social Services), and a Teen Parent Social Worker (provided through the Pregnant and Parenting Adolescent Program).

    These professionals serve as liaisons between families, schools and the community. They serve on Student Support Teams and work with school staff to provide comprehensive services for students.

    School Social Workers, Family Specialists and the Teen Parent Social Worker are a vital part of our learning community. They provide assistance and support to students, parents, school staff and administration.

    List of School Social Workers

    Elizabeth Romska
    School Social Worker
    Pathways Elementary School

    Sarah Patterson
    School Social Worker
    New Hope Elementary School

    Beth Creech
    School Social Worker
    Hillsborough Elementary School

    Rebekah Pea
    School Social Worker
    Cameron Park Elementary School

    Delqwan Jackson
    School Social Worker
    A.L. Stanback Middle School

    Kaitlin Mason
    School Social Worker
    Gravelly Hill Middle School

    Avis Barnes
    School Social Worker
    Cedar Ridge High School

    Diane Bero
    School Social Worker
    Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary

    Roles of School Social Workers & Family Specialists

    • Assessment and identification of student and family strengths and needs
    • Coordination of services for families and students
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Individual and group counseling
    • Advocacy for students and families
    • Program development
    • Consultation and collaboration with school staff
    • Network with community agencies and identify resources

    Types of referrals

    • Academic and behavioral concerns
    • Attendance concerns
    • Child abuse/neglect concerns
    • Health/medical concerns
    • Economic deprivation
    • Family dysfunction
    • Family violence
    • Substance abuse
    • Grief & loss
    • Teen parenting
    • Homelessness

    Orange County Schools Attendance Policy 

    North Carolina Homelss Education Project (NCHEP)