School Social Work Services

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  • School social workers serve as the link between students, families, and the school. They work with parents, guardians, teachers, and other school officials to eliminate barriers children may have to learning and attempt to ensure that students reach their academic and personal potential. They also assist students in dealing with stress or emotional problems. School social workers address problems such as misbehavior, truancy, and economic hardship and advise teachers on how to cope with difficult students while providing parents with resources.

    Please visit our FFSD SUPPORT SITE for resources for parents and educators to use when supporting students.

    For more information or questions about how we can help, feel free to call or e-mail one of our school social workers listed below.



    Kate Obermeier (314) 213-0714 or

    Kate works with all of the district's Pre-K - 2nd grade buildings.

    Debbie Bodden (314) 541-0810  or

    Debbie works with all of the district's 3rd - 5th grade buildings.

    Lynda Partee (314) 210-3792 or

    Lynda works with all of the district's 6th grade centers, middle schools, and high schools.

    Taelor Williams (314) 824-2078 or

    Mara works with students enrolled in Early Childhood Special Education.

    Timothy Merritt (314) 778-1572 or

    Tim works with students attending the Restoration and Wellness Center.

    Bree Moore (314) 778-1581 or

    Bree works with students attending the Restoration and Wellness Center.



    Halls Ferry Elementary School

    Emma Cole (314) 831-1022, x1042 or


    Lee-Hamilton Elementary School

    Alexandrea Rucker (314) 669-6097 or 


    Johnson-Wabash Sixth Grade Center

    Andrea Boaz (314) 524-0280 or


    Wedgwood Sixth Grade Center

    Teresa Davis (314) 831-4551, x1082 or


    Cross Keys Middle School

    Beverly Woody (314) 506-9700, x5765 or


    Ferguson Middle School

    Julia Johnson (314) 506-9667 or


    STEAM Academy Middle School

    Shanice Whitney (314) 824-2422, x1112 or 


    Innovation School

    Alexandrea Rucker (314) 669-6097 or  


    McCluer High School

    Victoria Williams (314) 506-9516 or


    McCluer North High School

    Amani Howard (314) 506-9225 or


    STEAM Academy High School at McCluer South Berkeley

    Tameka Hughes



    Janie Burse (314) 824-2036 or

    Janie works with families that are enrolled in the district under the McKinney-Vento Act.

    Yolanda Rodgers-Garvin (314) 824-2045 or

    Yolanda works with families that are enrolled in the district under Foster Care and the McKinney-Vento Act.


  • News and Current Events


    To request services from the District Social Work Team, please complete this Social Work Assistance Request Form, and one of our team members will follow up with you as soon as possible.


    Apply for a Free Chromebook

    St. Louis County Library has received funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) to provide 1,000 internet connected Chromebooks to eligible residents. The devices come preloaded with unlimited data through June 30, 2024. 

    Any resident in the St. Louis County Library District is eligible to apply, particularly those who lack the equipment and services to access the internet. Applications will be accepted September 19 through October 1, 2023. 

    All applicants will be notified by October 6, 2023. Those individuals awarded a device will be able to pick up the Chromebook at the branch designated on their application. The Chromebooks do not need to be returned to the Library, recipients can keep the device to use indefinitely, however internet access will end on June 30, 2024.

    Click here for more information and to complete an application.


    Close the Gap Grant Program

    The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is pleased to announce the new Close the Gap Grant program. This program provides a one-time grant of up to $1,500 for K-12 public school district and charter school students to use towards allowable educational expenses.
    Allowable education expenses include:
    *Computer equipment
    *Internet connectivity
    *Before- and after-school educational programs
    *Instructional resource material
    *Course fees and textbooks
    *Online access for an academic app or subscription
    *Education, learning, study skills services
    *Academic day or summer camps
    *Arts-related day or summer camps
    *Art enrichment
    To be eligible for the grant, students must meet the following criteria:
    *Must be a Missouri resident
    *Student is currently enrolled in K-12 in a Missouri public school district or charter school
    To receive Close the Gap Grant updates and application reminders, please visit to sign up to receive emails.
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