Laura Etheridge

Laura Navarro Etheridge

School Social Worker

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Laura became part of the Barrow Bold family in 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work, and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Georgia and is a proud Georgia Bulldog. Laura previously worked as a bilingual medical social worker for Northeast Georgia Health System and as a school social worker at Gainesville City Schools. She has a passion for social work, both professionally and personally. Laura is a proud daughter of immigrant parents, bringing awareness to language barriers, cultural norms, and difference in family dynamics. She is a compassionate advocate for our students and families.

"As a school social worker, what I love most about my role is the connection I make with families and students."

Laura was born and raised in Long Beach, California, but has called Georgia home for over a decade. She enjoys spending time traveling with her spouse and their two energetic children. Laura currently serves as the Feeding Barrow Coordinator and as Past President for the School Social Workers Association of Georgia - District 9.

Laura serves Yargo Elementary, Haymon-Morris Middle and Apalachee High School.


"Laura is always available to support schools, school counselors, and especially students. She is the biggest advocate for students and families. We appreciate her greatly and are so lucky she is part of our team!"

"Laura is incredible. She is so hard working and willing to go to bat for our kids. She knows she can't save every child, but she is surely going to try her best. She is also easy to work with and very responsive. She never makes us feel like we are burdening her when we have many referrals, or even when we just have questions. We love working with Laura!"

"Laura is the absolute best! She says what she thinks and is a fierce advocate for barrow county students and families. She is always available to talk things through and is definitely someone you want by your side. Thank you Laura for everything you do to support counselors, students, and families."

"Laura is always there when we need her, she has gone over and beyond to help our students and our school with everything from proof of residence, to various mental health issues. We are so lucky to have her taking care of our CHEE family!"

"Laura is an incredible asset to our team. She works so hard to take care of all of our students. She is willing, able, and seen as a support for all of our students. Laura, hands down, is the absolute best. Thank you for all you do for our school."

"Laura is a wealth of knowledge and cares deeply about helping students and families. She goes above and beyond to make sure our students needs are met. We love her and are so grateful she is our social worker!"

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