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    Welcome to Hillcrest!

    I am one of two social workers at Hillcrest and primarily work with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. I can be reached via email or phone, but will most likely respond to an email more quickly. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any concerns or questions - I am here to help!

    Mrs. Leitza

    Hillcrest Social Worker








    Children should be Seen and Heard and Believed!

    School Social Work

    School Social Workers help students:

    • Achieve maximum academic benefit from their educational opportunities
    • Understand themselves and others
    • Develop self-control and take responsibility for their actions
    • Cope with Stress
    • Develop decision-making skills

    School Social Workers help parents:

    • Participate effectively in their child's education
    • Better understand and meet their children's social and emotional needs
    • Better understand and utilize school and community resources

    School Social Workers help schools:

    • Understand factors that affect student's abilities to allow for maximum use of their school experience
    • Access community resources
    • Improve school climate through development of school policies and a wide range of prevention and intervention programs

    School Social Workers help communities:

    • Understand school policies, programs, and practices
    • Minimize environmental factors which inhibit learning
    • Develop resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families

    Contributed by Illinois Association of School Social Workers (IASSW)