Meet Our School Social Worker

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Mrs. Miriam Juarez,  has been working with  students since 2004, throughout the Chicago Public School system.  She received her bachelor degree in social work from Northeastern IL. University in Chicago in 2002.  In 2004, she received her masters degree in School Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago.   She is proud to be a part of the Barry School family since 2011.  Her role as the social worker at John Barry Elementary School is to provide social-emotional supports to our students.  These supports include crisis interventions, individual/group counseling, advocacy,  and outside community referrals to students and families. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and attending her dance aerobics class.  Her goals for the students she works with is to understand that they have the ability to choose how they feel,  how to handle their emotions in appropriate healthy ways, learn the importance of compassion, and to see the strength and positive traits in themselves.

What is a School Social Worker?

A school social worker is an advocate who helps students reach their potential in the school setting. In order to fulfill this goal, a school social worker provides support services in order to help remove obstacles to a child’s success in school. These obstacles may be school or home-based.

There are a wide variety of reasons why a student may be referred to a school social worker:

  • Mental Health Concerns (depression, anxiety, anger, etc.)
  • Suicidal Thoughts or Actions
  • Self-harm (cutting, burning, etc.) or other high-risk behavior
  • Poor Attendance
  • Behavior Problems/Concerns
  • Bullying (victim or perpetrator)
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Friendship/Social Problems
  • Grief/Loss or Serious Illness in the Family
  • Family Change (divorce, separation, moving, etc.)
  • Help with  Community Services