• Antioch Upper Grade School

    Social Workers




    Elisa Holtman

    6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Titans

    Learning Opportunities Program

    Contact Information: eholtman@antioch34.com, 847-838-8333

    Ms. Holtman joined the AUGS staff in August of 2014. Prior to that she was a School Social Worker for Camelot Therapeutic Day School in Kankakee County.  Ms. Holtman worked in the mental health field as a Social Worker with adults with Developmental Disabilities for 7 years before becoming a School Social Worker.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work in 2002 through Olivet Nazarene University and her Masters of Social Work in 2010 through the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Ms. Holtman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 


    Rachel Tack

    6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Knights

    Contact Information: rtack@antioch34.com, 847-838-8355

    Mrs. Tack joined the AUGS staff in 2018. Mrs. Tack is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who started her career in community mental health, providing crisis and intensive outpatient counseling services to children and families. She then moved into the school setting, working at Indian Prairie Elementary School in Crystal Lake and East Elementary School in Zion before coming to AUGS (where she was once a student herself!). Mrs. Tack received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2007 and a Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago in 2009.


    Ellen Griffith

    6th, 7th, 8th Grade Spartans

    Contact Information: egriffith@antioch34.com, 847-838-8153

    Ms. Griffith joined District 34 as a School Social Worker assigned to both AUGS and Petty Elementary in August of 2018.  Ms. Griffith has over ten years’ experience as a social worker working in Chicago and Waukegan before becoming a School Social Worker for Antioch District 34.  Ms. Griffith has a Masters in Social Work from Dominican University and has worked on various crisis intervention teams throughout Lake and Cook County.


    Social Emotional Learning Standards: 

    Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to:

    •  recognize and manage their emotions;
    •  demonstrate caring and concern for others;
    •  establish positive relationships;
    •  make responsible decisions; and
    •  handle challenging situations constructively.

    WHO are School Social Workers?

    School Social Workers are trained  mental health professionals with a degree in social work who provide services related to a person's social, emotional and life adjustment to school and/or society.  School Social Workers  are the link between the home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social success. 



    WHAT are some of the specific services that School Social Workers provide?

    • Participating in special education assessment meetings as well as Individual Educational Planning Meetings
    • Working with those problems in a child's living situation that affect the child’s adjustment in school. (home, school, and community)
    • Preparing a social or developmental history on a child with a disability.
    • Counseling (group, individual and/or family)
    • Mobilizing family, school, and community resources to enable the child to learn as effectively as possible in his or her educational program
    • Assisting in developing positive behavioral intervention strategies. 


    • Providing crisis intervention.
    • Developing intervention strategies to increase academic success.
    • Assisting with conflict resolution and anger management.
    • Helping the child develop appropriate social interaction skills.
    • Assisting the child in understanding and accepting self and others.