The safety and health of students in grades pre-Kindergarten through 12 is always a top priority.
Among the professionals dedicated to ensuring that environment is conducive to optimal learning are certified and classified staff.
One of the district’s newest staff members is Licensed Clinical Social Worker Tara Haddaway.
“I really wanted to help students be their best selves,” she said. “I want them to enjoy school and every aspect of it while learning to express themselves appropriately, have a place of support and trust and prevent severe negative experiences from escalating further.”
Haddaway said her immediate goal is being involved in the cohesive growth among students, school staff and families.
Looking long term, Haddaway would like to watch the therapeutic aspect within the school system grow further addressing prevalent issues students face while maintaining a supportive role.
The 2020-2021 school year is progressing the same way the last one ended…with staff instructing students through remote learning meaning no kids are currently sitting in classroom desks.
Haddaway identified the current pandemic as the greatest challenge facing schools.
“The unknown certainty with school/pandemic issues missing their peers and teachers,” she said. “School activities and possibly not having the personal face to face relationship to feel safe to address any other issues such as depression, abuse, and substance abuse issues.”
The majority of Haddaway’s experience has been working in a psychiatric hospital where she held individual, family and group therapy sessions.
“I have communicated with schools often throughout my experience as well as addressing concerns of teachers, parents and the student experiences within the school,” she noted.
Haddaway earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 1998 from the University of Kentucky. A year later, she pursued a Master’s of Science in Social Work.
She has worked at the Louisville locations of Ten Broeck DuPont, Boy’s Haven Impact Plus Program and Our Lady of Peace. In Shepherdsville, she has worked at New Hope Foster Homes, Inc.