Special Education (Exceptional Student Services)

Social Workers

  • School social workers are mental health professionals licensed to provide services that promote social, emotional and behavioral adjustment in school and in society.


School Social Workers

  • LPMS
    Margot Bean
    MBean@lewispalmer.org


    PLES
    Lori Ann McConnell
    (719) 488-4760 or LMcconnell@lewispalmer.org
    I am happy to begin another year as the School Social Worker for the 2018-2019 school year. I am a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Colorado and have my Colorado Department of Education Special Services License. Before coming to Colorado, I worked for 10 years as a Social Worker in the State of Alabama. Since being here, I have worked as a Kindergarten Para/Building Aide at Palmer Lake Elementary. I will work with children on an individual, group, and whole class basis teaching social and emotional skills. I have two children who attend Lewis-Palmer Middle School and a cat named Little Bo who loves to play with our children on the playground. I can most easily be reached at lmcconnell@lewispalmer.org. I will be happy to meet with you and/or your child. I will respond to any e-mail within 24 hours during weekdays. I can't wait to begin my work with your children.


    LPHS / PRHS
    Debbie Sell
    (719) 867-8663 or dsell@lewispalmer.org
    Degrees and Certifications:
    BSW-Wright State University
    MSW-Florida State University 
    LSW-Ohio
    LMSW-Texas
    LSW-Colorado
    Special Services Provider; School Social Work

    School social workers are mental health professionals licensed to provide services that promote social, emotional and behavioral adjustment in school and in society.

    I have been working in the Social Work field since 1997 and LOVE helping others. I started out attending Community College receiving my Associate's degree in Human Services in 1998 in my home town of Lima, Ohio (Go Buckeyes). As I worked in the helping field I found that I wanted to do more. With some excellent Social Work mentors' guidance I went back to school and finished my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work in 2003 at Wright State University and in 2008 received my Master's Degree in Social Work from Florida State University. As a Licensed Social Worker I get to help those who are struggling to find a healthy and successful way to cope when life gets tough. Throughout my Social Work career I have worked in early childhood development, domestic violence awareness, crisis intervention, rape and suicide prevention, with older adults, and adoption.
     
    We moved to the Monument area in June of 2015 and plan to stay! As a military spouse I have had the opportunity to live in Nevada, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Alaska, Missouri, Texas and now Colorado. My husband just retired from the Air Force and is working in the civilian world. I have two boys who are also in District 38 at Kilmer and LPHS. We have one dog and one cat.

    Please feel free to contact me at DSell@lewispalmer.org or (719)867-8663; Hours 9am-3pm; Monday-Tuesday-Friday LPHS; Wednesday-Thursday PRHS

    There is incredible power in showing care, empathy and acknowledgment -Mary Abbott, 2017 Illinois School Social Worker of the Year


    BCES
    Susan Travers
    (719) 867-8056 or STravers@lewispalmer.org
    I feel so fortunate to be part of the professional and caring staff at Bear Creek Elementary. While born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts my husband and I moved to Colorado in 1980 and never looked back! What a treat to find that chips don't get soggy, wet clothes don't get musty smelling and I could get rid of all my down jackets! I have three awesome children who are Colorado natives (and Bronco's, not Patriots, fans!!). We live on a lake in Denver and can waterski out our back door.

    I received my Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 1984, worked in residential adolescent treatment centers and an in-patient addiction recovery program until finally landing in the public schools in 1991. I have chosen to remain at the elementary level because I believe that early intervention is the key to success. I have always seen myself as a positive, glass is half full, person and my philosophy has evolved over the years, as I have moved from idealism to realism. Presently, I live by the following motto (adopted from the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel): "Everything is going to be OK in the end. And if everything is not OK.....then it's not the end."

    I hope to have the opportunity to cross paths with many community members at some point in my tenure at BCES and invite anyone to come by my office or call me (719-797-1657) if you have any social or emotional concerns you feel may be impacting your child at school.