School Social Worker


Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year! As a school family, we want to make sure all College Wood students and their families are able to meet their basic needs. We know that when students and families have difficulty meeting basic financial, medical, social and emotional needs, these areas of need may negatively impact students in multiple life areas, including school performance.

College Wood Elementary is privileged to have a close connection with multiple Hamilton County community agencies which are able to support families in the areas linked below.


If you are interested in being considered for any of the resources available, please complete the referral form listed below.


Community agencies and their resource opportunities are ever-changing. This referral form allows us to provide you with the most up-to-date information on resources available. The replies to this form will come directly to our School Social Worker, Sarah Brubaker, and will be kept confidential from all other Carmel Clay School staff and students.

We understand that each family’s situation is unique. Please contact our school social worker directly for questions and assistance.

Jia Cross

Jia Cross
School Social Worker

What is a School Social Worker?

A School Social Worker's role in Carmel-Clay Schools is very similar to that of a school counselor. A School Social Worker is a specially trained staff member who provides guidance and support to all students.

What are the qualifications of a School Social Worker?

A Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree. As well as knowledge of various elementary school programs, including curriculum, special programs and intervention processes.

What does a School Social Worker do?

A School Social Worker's responsibilities are truly varied! A School Social Worker can:

  • Help students develop a positive attitude toward school and learning
  • Help students develop positive relationships with peers, parents, teachers, and families
  • Help students improve various social skills, such as coping strategies and friendship skills
  • Help students deal with personal concerns, crises, school-related problems, home and family concerns, friendship issues, and any other issue that interferes with learning
  • Help ease the transitions between school settings
  • Plan and implement a variety of programs and activities to enhance the personal, social and emotional development of students
  • Be a liaison for parents, teachers, and students
  • Be a resource for parents interested in general education curriculum, special education, challenge testing, General Education Interventions, standardized testing, character education, and the general well-being of all students.

How can a student be referred to the School Social Worker?

  • Self-referral
  • Teacher referral
  • Parent referral
  • Administrative referral
  • Special services referral
  • Peer referral