School Social Worker of the Year

Given the complexity of our modern-day challenges, it takes a village to support students and their families.  With growing trends in catastrophic events at schools, shifts in family dynamics, changes in legislative policy, and increasing awareness of mental health and economic needs, the role of professional Social Workers in our schools is more necessary and appreciated than ever. 

We invite you to recognize your school social workers as an integral part of your village, and to consider nominating a deserving school social worker for the School Social Worker of the Year Award.  

This award is sponsored by the School Social Work Association of Nebraska (SSWAN), and celebrates the qualities and contributions of professional Social work to the educational experiences of students and their families.      

Nominations can be submitted by school administrators, teachers, counselors, school psychologists, or other community professionals who want to acknowledge a school social worker within the state of Nebraska.  To this end, please help us to spread the word by forwarding this information to others who may have had the opportunity to work with School Social Workers. 

2018 Recipient
Nikki Peterson
Kearney Public Schools

Check out Kearney Hub's news article covering Nikki's work in her District and her award!

Past Recipients

Here are the recipients of Nebraska's annual School Social Worker of the Year Award.  Recipients are nominated by their peers and colleagues in the profession and fellow educators.   Final selections are made by a committee comprised of faculty at the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

        2015 Recipient                                                                                           2016 Recipient                                                                                  2017 Recipient                                                            
            Nora Treat                                                                                                Keryl Mines                                                                                       Lori McArthur
    Lincoln Public Schools                                                                     Plattsmouth Community Schools                                                              Kearney Public Schools

     2011 Recipient                                                             2012 Recipient                                                            2013 Recipient                                                       2014 Recipient
      Laurie Cooley                                                             Angie Halstead                                                              Jill Anderson                                                           Taira Masek
Papillion/LaVista Schools                                          Fremont Public Schools                                                Millard Public Schools                                     Papillion-LaVista Public Schools

            2007 Recipient                                                                 2008 Recipient                                                   2009 Recipient                                                        2010 Recipient
              Kelly Latimer                                                                Steve Snodgrass                                                   Shelley Boyd                                                      Susan Sieczkowski
    Millard South High School                                                 Ralston Public Schools                                        Millard Public Schools                                       Westside Community Schools
       Millard Public Schools