Caring, diligent, resourceful and supportive work environment.
Pros: professionalism, teamwork, high expectations, multidisciplinary team approach
In my role as a school social worker in ACPS, I was able to address social, emotional, behavioral factors that would adversely impacted student performance including attendance and medical issues. I collaborated with teachers and other support staff to address student and parent needs to create strong, effective partnerships to help students succeed academically. My work as monitor of the implementation of positive behavior interventions gave me the opportunity to lead an exceptional cadre of caring and goal driven team members that brought new exciting ideas to the table but most of all, their positiveness and laughter that made the road so much easier for us to travel. At ACPS I learned the value of collaboration and effective leadership. Working with my co-workers went beyond job description expectations as a caring and responsive learning community with deep care, compassion and respect for every student and their families. The hardest part of the job was not having enough hours in the workday to complete all assigned tasks which results in extended hours in order to ensure high quality of services. The most enjoyable part of my job was being able being professionally validated in my work with students and families at the local school/system wide levels and being able to see from beginning to end. Also, working with such culturally diverse student population and their families provided me great opportunities to further develop my social work skills. I would strongly recommend other social workers to work for the Alexandria City Public School system.