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School Social Worker of the Year: 2015
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2015 Awardee:  Stacy Colgan   (IL) 

"Stacy is busy as soon as she walks in the doors".

On April 18, 2015, the School Social Work Association of America was very proud to present the 2015 School Social Worker of the Year Award to Stacy Colgan.  Stacy serves as a School Social Worker for the Schiesher Elementary School at the  Lisle Community Unit School District 202.  Principal, Beth Lind, described Stacy as a "truly dedicated professional that goes the distance every day."  Many others provided numerous words of appreciation and praise. 

Stacy is described as "caring", "compassionate", "dedicated", "exceptional", "innovative", "energetic", "responsible",  persistent, "creative", "committed", "outstanding", motivating, "tireless", and "charismatic".   "To say that Stacy Colgan exceeds the expectations of a school social worker is an understatement.  She goes above and beyond everyday to make sure the students receive what they need."   "She has spent endless hours researching new ides, planning and organizing events and collaborating with students and colleagues to meet her objectives."  "She encompasses innovative techniques and practices in all that she aspires to accomplish.   On the scene and behind the scenes she is always looking for new ways to improve our school and community. "  "Stacy has shown a continuous commitment to meeting the needs of our students by employing exceptional execution of her duties in her role as school social worker."  "She is able to work under difficult high-pressure situations and still attains excellent results." 

"She has facilitated a committee at our school to embed the social emotional learning standards throughout the school environment. Stacy has initiated classroom meetings in general education classrooms, the use of Teach Town Social Skills program for students with autism and intellectual disabilities and many other activities to support students."   She teaches "many lessons within the classroom setting regarding good character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship).  Stacy collaborates with teachers to hep with effective class meetings and assists with peer mediation of students."   Stacy "coordinates all of the student charts and maintenance, as well as meets with students and staff daily to help set goals and problem solve".  "She has been a leader in our district to help create cohesive and current objectives when dealing with social emotional awareness within our schools and throughout our district".    "Even with a very packed schedule, she makes herself available whenever team members need help or support."

Programs Stacy has implemented include:   Check and Connect; Dare to be Rare; Second Step; Child Lures Program, Erin's Law; Red Ribbon Week; Teach Town Social Skills, various bullying prevention activities; Circle of Friends; Waves to the Ocean Night; Family Fun Night, Paws Laws, and worked with community organizations to establish a Breakfast Club providing breakfast every morning so that students are ready to learn. 

"Stacy is also a strong advocate for her students and profession.  She speaks up to teachers and administrators when necessary and addresses the causes which she feels strongly about.  At times this has been the "difficult path' but Stacy's passion for her profession does not allow her to sit back and witness an injustice or unfairness."    Stacy was "just recently the Vice President of the Illinois Association of School Social Workers." She has also served secretary as well as a board member.  "She also teaches the graduate class Policy and Procedures for aspiring Social workers at Aurora University.  With all of these accomplishments she is raising 2 wonderful children as well."   

Read her Acceptance Speech

Congratulations Stacy!

Stacy obtained her Master's Degree of Social Work from Loyola University.  She also earned her Master's Degree in Education, Administration from Benedictine University.   Bachelor of Arts in Communication was received  from Monmouth College.

   Illinois Colleagues Celebrate with Stacy



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