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Mrs. Melissa Peterson

Social Worker

What is a school social worker?

School Social Workers provide a vital link among the school, home and community. Most School Social Workers are involved in providing services to all students. Most provide direct services to students and their families including casework, group work and classroom presentations as well as providing crisis intervention and consultation and making referrals to community agencies. School Social Workers are part of the assessment process for special education students as well as often providing direct and indirect services to those students. School Social Workers consult with teachers and administrators and frequently participate on teams within the schools.

Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Intervention

Year Started


  • MA: Educational Leadership, Concordia University, 2019
  • MSW, Aurora University/George Williams College, 2005
  • BS: Communication Disorders and Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, 1997

Kirby School District 140 Social Work Internship: 2004-05; Guardian Angel Home Internship: 2003-04; Trinity Services, Inc.: 2001-2004; Marc of Illinois: 1998-2001; Eisenhower Cooperative: 1997-98

Office Location

Fernway Park and Millennium Elementary Schools

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