School Social Work in Cherokee County
A Guide for Parents and Teachers
Our goal is to assure that no student in Cherokee County gains less than full advantage of the educational opportunities provided by the school system as a result of family problems or school attendance problems.
School Social Work Services
Cherokee County School Social Workers Serve Families by
- Serving as a liaison for parents and students with the school and community
- Working with families to remove barriers to school success
- Informing families of available community resources
- Advocating for families with legitimate concerns
- Making home visits to build relationships with students and parents
- Referring families to appropriate agencies when necessary to protect the right of students to receive the opportunity for a quality education.
Your School Social Workers
Kristen Braid, LCSW – Etowah Innovation Zone
Kristen Braid has served as a social work professional specializing in work with children and families since 1994. She has worked in public school settings in the state of Georgia since 2005. She focuses on strengths-based supports for children and families, with the goal of eliminating barriers to academic success. She has piloted and implemented a school-based attendance review process, provided case management services to students receiving RtI supports, coordinated implementation of community mental health services in the school setting, and focused on serving as a liaison between school, family and community. Kristen has a history of serving in collaborative and leadership roles on a variety of community and professional committees and organizations, to include the Community of Hope, School Social Workers of Georgia, and the School Social Workers Association of America. Kristen earned her Bachelor's degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and her Master's in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago. She is certified by the Georgia Department of Education in School Social Work and is licensed by the Georgia Composite Board as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
David McFerrin, LMSW - Creekview and Sequoyah Innovation Zones
David is a Social Worker who has provided mental health services to children, adults and families since 1991. In addition, he has served as Youth Director in a local church for the past three years. He is certified by the Georgia Department of Education in School Social Work and by the Composite Board as a Licensed Masters Social Worker. For four years David has served as a member of the Coalition of Treatment Providers for the Cobb County Public Schools Prevention and Intervention Center. David holds a Master of Social Work and Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also a graduate of the D. Swan Haworth Psychotherapy Training Program.
Jessica Threadgill, LCSW – River Ridge and Woodstock Innovation Zone
Jessica Threadgill has worked in the field of social work since 2006. Jessica has experience working with children, adults and family systems where her ongoing focus was on connecting individuals to resources in the community, psychosocial support, grief and loss, and building relationships. Jessica’s interventions come from a therapeutic and strengths perspective. Jessica has worked for state systems, private counseling agencies, and hospice during her time in Georgia. Jessica earned both her Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University, in East Lansing, MI. Jessica is certified by the Georgia Department of Education in School Social Work and by the GA Composite Board as a Licensed Clinical Level Social Worker.
Cherokee County Truancy Panel
The Cherokee County Truancy Panel is made up of volunteers from the Highland Rivers Center for Mental Health, Cherokee County Department of Juvenile Justice, Cherokee County Department of Family and Children Services and Cherokee County Department of Public Health.
The Panel is supported by the Cherokee County Juvenile and Family Court whose staff makes sure a space is reserved in the Cherokee County Justice Center for monthly meetings.
Families may be invited to appear before the panel for school attendance problems when other interventions prove unsuccessful.
Panel members link families to available services when appropriate and enter into a contract with the family to improve school attendance in hopes of avoiding a petition being filed before the courts for violation of Georgia’s Compulsory School Attendance Law.