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. 

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.

2016 Recipient
Keryl Mines
Plattsmouth Community Schools


2015 Recipient
Nora Treat
Lincoln Public Schools

2014 Recipient
Taira Masek
Papillion-LaVista Public Schools

2013 Recipient
Jill Anderson
Millard Public Schools

2012 Recipient
Angie Halstead
Fremont Public Schools

2011 Recipient
Laurie Cooley
Papillion/LaVista Schools

2010 Recipient
Susan Sieczkowski
Westside Community Schools

2009 Recipient
Shelley Boyd
Millard Public Schools

2008 Recipient
Steve Snodgrass
Ralston Public Schools

2007 Recipient
Kelly Latimer
Millard South High School
Millard Public Schools