GASSW Alumni Spotlight
Celebrating GSSW alum: Shelby Meadows (Connett), MSW, LMSW
Where are you working and what is your position?
Mental Health School Social Worker, Green Hills Area Education Agency, Council Bluffs, IA
Describe the work that you do and explain what drew you to this particular opportunity.
Students are referred to me through their school's SAT teams for me to identify, assess, provide interventions, and consult with school staff surrounding a student's educational needs in terms of social, emotional, behavioral, and adaptive needs for optimal success in and out of the classroom.
What is it about your work that you find especially valuable?
I love that I am able to provide vital mental health services to students who would otherwise not have access to it due to location (being in very rural Iowa with limited services), income, or parental ability to take them to appointments. I like that my students know they are cared about and supported in their school environment.
Is there someone in your life who is or has been particularly influential in your career?
My MSW advanced practicum supervisor (Kate Hebenstreit, formerly with Westside Schools), really made the school environment feel like the right fit for me. She encouraged me to continue to pursue my passion for kids and students. I also truly appreciate the guidance of many staff and faculty members at GASSW (I see you Alisha), while I decided which field of social work to dive into.
How do you enjoy your time when you are away from work?
Exercise, reading, meditation, projects around the house, spending time with family.
What advice would you give to someone who was considering a career in social work?
Definitely prioritize self care! Social work is not an easy field in the first place, so making sure you put yourself first is crucial.
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