I am very excited to introduce myself as the School Social Worker at Balmoral Elementary School. My name is Ms. Carmen Thompson and this will be my sixth year at Balmoral Elementary School. I have over 16 years experience working with children and families and 9 of those years were spent working as a School Social Worker. I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Services, from Chicago State University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Governors State University with a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. I also am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
This school year, I look forward to working with you and your child so he/she may achieve not only academic success, but positive, social and emotional growth as well. My primary responsibilities as a School Social Worker are to effectively handle crisis situations (suicidal/homicidal threats, suspected child abuse/neglect, etc.) and to meet the social work services mandated by the Individualized Educational Plans of students receiving special education services. Other duties include connecting families with community resources and services, consulting with staff, students and parents, classroom interventions, group work with students, and individual counseling with students (on an as-needed basis). During my off time, I enjoy playing with my dog.
This year we have the pleasure of having a School Social Worker Intern with us on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ms. Beaulieu earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University. She is currently working on her Master of Social Work degree at Governors State University.
School Social Worker