SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER
Mrs. Sara Longueira
Child Study Team, School Social Worker
973-543-4175, ext. 141
Mrs. Longueira began with Mendham Borough Schools in 2004 as a District-wide member of the Child Study Team. Prior to joining the Child Study Team in Mendham Borough, she worked as a supervisor for the non-profit organization, Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey in Newark. She also has worked for the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency as a case manager.
Mrs. Longueira is a graduate from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Sociology as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Children and Families from Rutgers University. She is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of New Jersey as well as a Certified School Social Worker.
Mrs. Longueira’s hopes and dreams include exploring each of the 50 states with her family!l
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SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS
Social Skills groups are offered in a variety of grade levels on an as-needed basis. Special education children with social skill development needs work with general education students once a week typically during lunch periods. Faculty and students know these groups as "Lunch Bunch." Groups are facilitated by the school social worker. Students work cooperatively on skills including conversation, eye contact, body language, expressing feelings, and fair play. General education students are welcomed to the weekly groups on a rotating basis. Please contact your student's teacher if you DO NOT want your child involved in this type of program.
ACADEMIC COUNSELING CONSULTATIONS
The school social worker is available to all students in the district for academically based counseling. This type of counseling can assist with conflict resolution between students, bullying issues, schoolwork/ homework concerns, and more. A parent or a faculty member can request this intervention. In general, the social worker will share the outcome of the consultation with the parents as deemed necessary. If concerns arise and it is determined that a child may benefit from long-term counseling, the social worker will contact the parent with further infoHeadlinermation.
Unfortunately, our children may experience crises that impact their lives dramatically. When this occurs, it may be helpful for school personnel to intervene. Intervention may be needed after the death of a family member, the death of a pet, or another type of crisis situation. Please contact your child's classroom teacher or Sara Longueira directly if you would like her to work with your child.
Throughout the school year, teachers may request that the social worker conduct short talks or activities to assist in teaching. In the past, requested topics include good touch/bad touch, conflict resolution, effective communication, friendships, rumors, etc. These classroom consultations occur on an as-needed basis and are arranged by the classroom teacher. Additionally, the social worker will assist the teacher in developing individual behavior plans as needed.