School Social Worker
Stephanie Byrd has been a School Social Worker with Barrow County School System since 2008. As part of her role, she serves on student support teams and special education committees and works with parents and students to discuss attendance concerns. Stephanie has special training in Critical Incident Stress Management, Vicarious Traumas, and Suicide Intervention. She provides individual or group counseling in response to school-wide issues and conducts home visits and risks assessments for students.
Stephanie is also active on several community programs including:
- Chairperson for Barrow County Family Connection
- Coordinator for Feeding a Family Program under the auspices of the Barrow County Cooperative Benevolence Ministries
- Chairperson for Community Based Risk Reduction
- Relay for Life
- Schools Objecting to Unnecessary Poverty (SOUPer) Bowl Food Drive
"I love being an advocate and forming relationships with parents, students, and school personnel. There are so many opportunities for outreach within the community."
Educational Leadership Certificate (L-5), 2004
Educational Specialist Degree in Occupational Studies, 2003
Masters of Social Work, University of Georgia, 1994
Bachelors in Family and Consumer Sciences, Child and Family Development, 1990
Stephanie Byrd serves Auburn Elementary, Bethlehem Elementary, Kennedy Elementary, Westside Middle, and the Barrow County Alternative Education Program. She also oversees the SOUPer Bowl Program, an annual system wide program that collects thousands of dollars in monetary donations and canned goods annually to support Barrow County’s community Food Pantry.
From her Colleagues
"Ms. Stephanie is a big help to Kennedy as we try to build bridges with our families and support them with the needs they have."
"I can always count on Mrs. Byrd. She provides resources, encouragement, and accountability for our families when needed. She is the bridge between our staff and families because she flies everywhere."
"She is always there for our students no matter what. Her dedication to our community is so amazing to see. We are truly thankful for all that she does for our Kennedy families."
"Stephanie is dedicated to the students and parents of Auburn Elementary School. We appreciate all she does for us!"
"I haven't needed to be in contact this year with Ms. Byrd this year but I have in previous years and when I had to in the past she was always there. She was professional and understanding to the situation for the student that needed help. I am so grateful KES has her helping out students!"
"Ms. Byrd literally flies in and saves the day on a consistent basis! She's truly amazing!" – Counselor
"Ms. Byrd is an amazing school social worker and we are lucky to have her. She has established relationships with so many people and agencies in the community and she always knows where to get support for our students and their families. Ms. Byrd makes an effort to stay connected to the schools by attending school meetings and building rapport with individual students. You know that Ms. Byrd is going to work towards the student’s best interest and gives her all towards helping them succeed. More than anything, you can always count on Ms. Byrd, and that is what makes her an outstanding School Social Worker!" - Counselor
"Stephanie is a great support for our families. She is always willing to help out when needed. We really appreciate her perspective she brought when helping to organize our Black History Week activities." – A Principal
"Mrs. Byrd is such an asset to our school. I can always count on her to go above and beyond for our students and community. I’m so grateful to work with her." – Counselor
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