Versatile and dedicated Educator with a focus on the individual needs of Exceptional Children (EC). Empathetic and accommodating in the design and implementation of hands-on lessons.
Experience with special-needs students
Group learning mechanics
Tailoring curriculum plans
Creative learning strategies
Managing classroom for diverse populations
Documentation and reporting
Strong verbal communication
Outstanding social skills
Diverse classroom settings
Personable and outgoing
Transcription and dictation
Age-appropriate lesson planning
Varied lesson plans
Effective time management
Creative imagination stimulation
Investigative/Assessment Senior Social Worker11/2017 to Current Forsyth County Department of Social Services – Winston-Salem, NC
Completes family assessments, forensic investigations and case management for families with substantiated reports of suspected child neglect and abuse as defined in the General Statutes of North Carolina.
Complete comprehensive assessments of child safety, family strengths and needs, and family support systems.
Prepares court summaries and participates in associated court proceedings.
Ability to use best practice strategies and professional judgment in complex situations Executes knowledge of child welfare policies and practices (including but not limited to social work investigation, crisis intervention and family functioning and child development) and be able to integrate this knowledge and skill in judicial and other legal proceedings.
In-Home Services Senior Social Worker07/2017 to 11/2017 Forsyth County Department of Social Services – Winston-Salem, NC
Assure that abused and neglected children in their own homes receive a minimum sufficient level of safety and care and that they are removed from situations where that is not happening.
Case Management: Locates and provides resources for each family member, including the child (ren) to assist them in meeting their identified individual needs.
Assist the family and child (ren) with learning to reduce the excessiveness; severe and intense situations that have caused abuse and neglect.
Advocate for the family and child (ren).
Continuous assessment of the children's safety and risk levels throughout the life of the case and make CPS reports if it at any time it is determined the children's safety is currently being jeopardized.
Communicate and work closely with the Child Protective Services unit in order to obtain or provide information concerning new reports received on the families when In-Home Services is already involved.
Staff cases weekly with the Child Protective Services Social Worker and Child Protective Services Social Worker Supervisor when cases are assigned to In-Home Services due to the findings being Services Needed.
Completes ongoing assessment of the family and children's environment.
Communicate on a weekly or bi-weekly basis with professional collateral contacts throughout the life of the case to obtain information on the family's progress or lack of progress.
Complete weekly or bi-weekly face-to-face visits with the family and the child(ren).
Assist the family in developing their In-Home Service Agreement to address their specific identified needs.
Review the In-Home Service Agreement with the family during each face-to-face visit.
Complete 30 and 90 day Child and Family Team meetings with the family and their natural supports to determine what will or is working for the family.
Thoroughly updates Family Risk Reassessments and Family Assessment of Strength and Needs as needed as well as according to the North Carolina Division of Social Services policy.
Acts as a change agent, utilizing systems of care approach; which is based on objective diagnostic study of client(s) in interaction with his/her environment.
Foster Care Social Worker Social Worker III12/2016 to 07/2017 Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services – Greensboro, NC
Interview, assess and counsel foster child (ren) and their families.
Provide daily case management.
Work daily with foster child (ren) and their family members when reunification with the family is the plan of care.
Prepare the foster child (ren) and their families for an alternative arrangement of permanent care such as adoption.
Prepare and file weekly court reports in preparation for court hearings.
Testify in court hearings weekly on behalf of the child (ren) and families on assigned caseload.
Provide crisis intervention.
Document all activities in service records.
Communicate and interact appropriately with the foster child(ren) and their families during evaluations and collaborate with other agencies in an effort to provide quality services.
Child and Family Special Educator/Case Manager09/2009 to 12/2015 Community Helps Network, LLC – Raeford, NC
Implemented; provided oversight and taught an innovative educational program tailored to meet the needs of children and adolescents from grades Pre-K to 12.
Created and implemented modern and engaging lesson plans and activities, increasing student learning motivation and effectiveness.
Turned around classes that had severe management issues, by establishing a strong teamwork environment that reduced behavioral issues.
Provided tutoring support and designed individualized learning plans for students with learning difficulties and gifted learners.
Established an open-door policy, improving communication and trust with students; parents or caregivers.
Accountable for improvements in literacy and arithmetic skills for all students.
Assisted in developing; launching and teaching an adult education program to help individuals with obtaining their GED's.
Complete initial triage assessment to determine the appropriate level of service for each child.
Coordinate and oversee the initial and ongoing assessment activities of various rehabilitative programs.
Complete the initial development and continuous revision of the Person Centered Plan, as needed and ensuring its implementation is carried out with the authorized child and their natural supports.
Monitor and document the status of each child's progress and the effectiveness of the strategies and interventions outlined in the Person Centered Plan.
Crisis intervention and response to assist child's with decreasing their mental health and/or substance abuse episodes that could cause them to become a threat or harm to themselves and/or supports.
Maintain accurate member tracking to ensure deadlines are met, regarding the members and company documentation.
Bachelor of Social Work: Social Work2009METHODIST UNIVERSITY-
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Companies Worked For:
Forsyth County Department of Social Services
Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services
Community Helps Network, LLC
Job Titles Held:
Investigative/Assessment Senior Social Worker
In-Home Services Senior Social Worker
Foster Care Social Worker Social Worker III
Child and Family Special Educator/Case Manager
Bachelor of Social Work : Social Work 2009
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