Degrees and Certifications:
Illinois State University: Bachelor's in Social Work University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: Master's in School Social Work Licensed Social Worker (IL): #150.006333
Ms. Patricia Smith (Ms. Pat)
Welcome! I am very happy to be part of a wonderful staff who support, nurture, and teach the students here at the Mary Kay McNeill Early Learning Center. My involvement with students takes place in several ways.
One function of a school social worker is to help support whole-school prevention programs, such as safety awareness and Erin’s Law lessons. Some of these lessons may take place within the classrooms.
Another function of the school social worker is to facilitate student groups. I facilitate whole group social-emotional skills lessons in all the classrooms using the Second Step curriculum. We work on important social skills, such as active listening, communication, feelings, sharing and taking turns.
I also push into choice time in most classrooms to facilitate the teaching of social skills and problem solving skills as they occur during natural play.
Lastly, I am available to meet with parents. I regularly attend IEP meetings and parent-teacher conferences. As needed, I can meet with parents individually to discuss specific concerns or to serve as a liaison for families needing community resources.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 847-838-8014.