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
    Mark Searle
    (719) 757-1528 or MSearle@lewispalmer.org
    I am happy to be the new school social worker at Lewis-Palmer Middle School. After spending 20 years in the English Language Arts classroom, I’m eager to move into the next chapter of my career supporting students as a special services provider for the district. Most of my years teaching were spent at the high school level, but I have been at LPMS working with the middle school students for three years now. I grew up in Southern California, earned my B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and completed my MSW coursework at the Newman University School of Social Work in Colorado Springs.

    As a teacher in the general education classroom, I always worked to support families and the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of my students in every way possible. I am excited to continue this work full time as a social worker at LPMS!


    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.


    PWES / BCES
    Shelby Hall
    SHall1@lewispalmer.org


    LPHS
    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 hometown 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. I am currently working on getting my LCSW. 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 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 two dogs and one cat.

    Please feel free to contact me at DSell@lewispalmer.org or (719)867-8663
    Hours: Lewis-Palmer High School Monday-Friday 9am-3pm

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


    PRHS
    Lin Mondy
    (719) 867-8140 or MMondy@lewispalmer.org
    Degrees and Certifications:

    • Bachelor of Behavioral Science-Metropolitan State University of Denver
    • Master of Social Work-Metropolitan State University of Denver
    • Special Services Provider; School Social Work

    I am happy to be joining Palmer Ridge High School in the position of school social worker. We moved to Monument in 1991 and spent many years involved in home education and supporting other parents who were home educating. The past 10 years have been a journey into the field of Social Work and public education. I have supported students with various challenges in elementary and middle school, as well as working with young people in the criminal justice system, and counseling older adults in skilled nursing facilities.

    My husband is retired from the Air Force and works with our country's defense in various capacities. Together we have enjoyed raising 7 children. Our children are grown and have added to our joy 11 grandchildren.

    It is my delight to see families and students overcome challenges and move toward fulfilling life goals.

    Please feel free to contact me. Hours 8am-3pm; Monday-Friday: PRHS

    "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" Mary Anne Radmacher


    RKES / PLES / LPHS
    Marisa DiTomaso, Counselor
    MDiTomaso@lewispalmer.org