School Social Work Services

The Role of a School Social Worker

Traverse City Area Public Schools’ certified school social workers are licensed and experienced master’s level professionals who hold an integral role within our buildings across the district.

Our social workers are also leaders within our schools’ External LinkIntense Student Support Network (ISSN). Our ISSN aims to facilitate and enhance social, emotional, and academic development for all of our students.

This role is closely tied to the district’s efforts to help every learner reach their potential in an engaging, inspiring and challenging environment. We prioritize vulnerable students and families - working diligently to build and strengthen healthy and encouraging relationships by assessing needs in and out of school. Fostering healthy relationships, mental, physical and emotional well-being, and strong supportive community norms are priorities in order to increase social and emotional well-being for our students and families. Visualizing the valuable long term positive outcomes of “productive citizenship” and “healthy and innovative skills for life-long learning”, our impact goes far beyond the walls of our buildings.

Areas of Expertise/Services Available


Social Emotional Education

“Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” -CASEL (External LinkWhat is SEL?)

External LinkSocial Emotional Learning Core Competencies


PDF DocumentLight the Path to a Healthy Kid

This is a remarkable opportunity for our families to connect with nationally recognized experts in the areas of anxiety and other social/emotional needs. The free TCAPS event will occur virtually on Tuesday evenings in Sept/Oct, and will offer virtual workshop sessions led by local and national experts. The event is possible through a generous grant by NoVo Foundation & @ed1stconsulting. Please consider RSVPing to participate at External Link  


External LinkTCAPS SEL Resource Library for Staff

Community Support


  • Medical or safety emergency: 9-1-1
  • 24 hour mental health crisis line: 1.833.295.0616 (Northern Lakes Community Mental Health-FAST)
  • Crisis counselor text line (24/7, national service): text HOME to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1.800.273.8255
  • Submit tip of criminal activity (OK2SAY): External Link
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7, for survivors & victims): 1.800.799.7233, or text LOVEIS to 22522
  • United Way (all general community resource inquiries): 2-1-1
  • Michigan DHHS Coronavirus Hotline: 1.888.535.6136, 8 AM - 5 PM, 7 days/week
  • External LinkSubstance Use/Substance Use Disorder recovery support
  • External LinkFood Resources
  • Michigan Unemployment benefits (recent expansion of qualifiers due to COVID-19): 1.866.500.0017
  • Spectrum/Charter (FREE internet service for two months for students grades K-college): 1.866.866.4959

School Social Workers/Behavioral Interventionists Contact Info

Students can be referred for school social work support via email, phone call, note, or in person conversation by administrator, teacher, student (self), student (peer), or parent/guardian. When a referral is made, the receiving social worker consults with all involved parties to gather information and develop a plan in order to best respond to the assessed needs. Parent permission is required for ongoing individual and small group intervention work. School social workers adhere to the External LinkNASW Code of Ethics and diligently work to facilitate effective communication and collaboration between involved parties.

For support, please complete the External LinkDistrict Student Support Survey - or preferably reach out directly to your child’s school social worker.

TCAPS School Social Workers




TCAPS Students in Transition Empowerment Program (STEP)

TCAPS School Guidance Counselors


  • Kathryn Baumann
    7th Grade Counselor
    West Middle School: M-F
  • Paul Crowley
    8th Grade Counselor
    West Middle School: M-F
  • Sara Dennis-Parker
    Central High School
  • Kim Fleming
    Counselor (A-G)
    Central High School
  • Tom Ford
    Counselor (Mc-Sa)
    West Senior High School
  • Jennifer Lee
    Counselor (A-Co)
    West Senior High School
  • Melissa Kamm
    Counselor (He-Ma)
    West Senior High School
  • Blaise Lowe
    504/Title IX Coordinator
    West Senior High School
  • Brandee Ludka
    Counselor (H-P)
    Central High School
  • Ron Nowicki
    Alpha House Counselor
    East Middle School: M-F
  • Tom Passinault
    Counselor (Q-Z)
    Central High School
  • Marci Perthes
    6th Grade Counselor
    West Middle School: M-F
  • Lauran Pinto
    Counselor (Sc-Z)
    West Senior High School
  • Brenda Schwind
    Omega House Counselor
    East Middle School: M-F
  • Ashley VanLandschoot
    Counselor (Cr-Ha)
    West Senior High School