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 Getting to Know SDCOE: Program Specialist Shares Passion for Social Work

Watching Jenée Peevy at work, The Flash comes to mind. Like the crime-fighter who moves at superhuman speeds, Peevy is a social work superhero who multitasks at a breakneck pace across the county.

Peevy is a program specialist with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), leading the School Social Work Services program. Her dedication to supporting students and families — as a case manager, parent-family liaison, and school social worker — is well-known by colleagues and community members. She has also been a staunch advocate for African-American students and families for years as a member of the Association of African American Educators.

"I'm very passionate about my work and put my heart and soul into it," she said. "I love inspiring, engaging, collaborating, partnering, and advocating on behalf of students and families."

Peevy's sights weren't always set on social services or education. After working as a bookkeeper as a teen and earning an associate's degree in business, Peevy thought she was headed for a career crunching numbers. But looking back at her own nontraditional path — which included dropping out of high school when she had her first child — eventually led her toward a career in social services.

After getting a bachelor's in criminal justice from SDSU, Peevy interned at Juvenile Hall, where a family counseling facilitator at Girls Rehabilitation Facility suggested she consider social work. Peevy was on her way to becoming a probation officer but decided instead to earn a master's degree in social work.

Peevy said she has challenged herself to be a leader in the education and social work community. She said she's grateful for the opportunities she has received in her 12 years at SDCOE.

Like most superheroes, Peevy doesn't work alone. She has a trusted team of colleagues, community and university partners, and school social work interns. Peevy provides instruction and supervision for 22 social work interns from universities across the state who support schools across the county, including our own Juvenile Court and Community Schools.

"School social workers are the link between the home, school, and community," Peevy explained. "They make a difference in the lives of students and families, helping them to get past barriers to academic and social success."

 "School social workers are a vital part of the school community, and we are fortunate to have Jenée, a true leader in the field, on our team," said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold.