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2021 School Social Work Awards Nominees

“Resiliency of School Social Workers: Impacting Meaningful Change in Challenging Times.”

SDCOE’s School Social Work unit is hosting its first School Social Work Awards and Webinar to celebrate the school social work profession. As part of this event, five individuals will be recognized as School Social Workers of the Year in the following areas: elementary school, middle school, and high school social worker; administrative school social worker; and a school social work intern. Below are the nominees. 


  • Chris Walsh photo Christopher Walsh
    District Social Worker Vista La Mesa Academy; Lemon Grove School District
  • Tracy Schmidt photo Tracy Schmidt
    Director of Integrated Student Supports District Office; Escondido Union School District
  • Jaime Hocanson photo Jaime Hocanson
    District Social Worker District Office; La Mesa-Spring Valley
  • Lisa Read photo Lisa Read
    School Social Worker Steele Canyon High School; Grossmont Union High School District
  • Omar Zavalza photo Dr. Omar Zavalza
    Coordinator, Student Support Services District Office; Grossmont Union High School District
  • Maria Al-Shamma photo Maria Al-Shamma
    District School Social Worker Rancho Minerva Middle School, Vista High School, and Vista Adult Transition Center; Vista Unified School District
  • Michelle Santiago photo Michelle Santiago
    District School Social Worker San Marcos Middle School and Double Peak School; San Marcos Unified School District
  • Mayra Gonzalez photo Mayra Gonzalez
    School Social Worker Orange Glen High School, Escondido Union High School District
  • Kim Bodie photo Kim Bodie
    District Lead Social Worker District Office, Escondido Union High School
  • Kristina Estes photo Kristina Estes
    Social Work Intern Multiple school sites; La Mesa-Spring Valley and Escondido Union High School
  • Andrea Venegas photo Andrea Venegas
    Social Work Intern Vista Unified School District