Throughout the month of March, Metro Nashville Public Schools is honoring the work school social workers do in service to students every day. Social workers connect what happens in the home, in the community and in schools – and they strive to provide social and emotional support in a way that promotes students’ overall success, both in life and in the classroom.
Yasmin Johnson, an eight-year veteran of the MNPS social work department, shared her day-to-day experience and why she chose this work in this interview:
Jan Lineberger always wanted to be an English teacher, but found her way into the data and testing world instead discovering what turned out to be a perfect mix of interests.
“There is always a narrative in the data,” Lineberger said noting her love of books, specifically 19th century British fiction, as a complement to her career choice. “I work to uncover that story and help teachers and schools move the narrative along.”
On any given day, in any of our more than 160 schools, you can hear music playing, see students dancing, acting or creating art – all brilliant examples of vibrant arts education programs providing students an opportunity to tap into their creative power and find their voice.
Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) joins school districts across the country in recognizing the month of March as Music in Our Schools Month, Youth Art Month, Theatre in Our Schools Month and Dance in Our Schools Month! We know participation in the arts can transform the lives of students and positively impact their academic, social and emotional growth. This year, MNPS schools will host more than 200 arts events.
Parents and partners are encouraged to attend a MNPS arts event, take photos and share them online using the hashtag #ArtsMoveMNPS!
Pearl-Cohn High School was one of two Metro high school basketball teams making an appearance at the 2019 Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association state championship playoffs. Senior Steven Watkins, who towers over his opponents at 6’2, was a huge part of taking his team to the next level.
“We were excited about playing in the state tournament,” Watkins said. “It has been a challenging season for the team but we made it. I am proud to be a Firebird.”
Stephen Goheen’s commitment to children began long before he started working at H.G. Hill Middle School as the front office secretary two years ago. As a foster parent for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Service, he decided to seek a career within the school district because it was more conducive to a “kid-friendly” schedule.
“I needed a schedule that worked with my family so I could be an engaged parent,” Goheen said, adding he loves spending time with his kids. “By working here I get to spend time with my kids and impact a lot of other kids. Interacting with kids is my happy place.”
Aalysa Cameron, a seventh grader at Margaret Allen Middle School, is a member of the Sports Club at her middle school. While participating in Sports Club, students have the opportunity to try-out and learn about various extra-curricular activities the school offers. After much consideration and some positive persuading from her coach, Cameron was drawn to track and field.
“This is my first time participating in any sport at my school and I wanted to try something out of the norm for me. Track and field was it,” Cameron said.
Social workers connect what happens in the home, what happens in the community and what happens in the school – and they strive to provide social and emotional support in a way that promotes students’ overall success, both in life and in school. They invest their time, training and expertise to remedy barriers to learning - wherever they may be in a student’s life.
Throughout the month of March, we’re honoring the work these employees do in service to our students every day. School social workers’ responsibilities range from crisis intervention, to in-staff training programs, to identifying and reporting severe cases like child abuse and neglect. If it sounds like a big job, that’s because it is.
Whether a student, parent, or faculty member, walking into the Eakin Elementary School front office guarantees one thing – being greeted with a smile and maybe a big hug. from the Administrator of School Financial Payroll Records, Diane Bain.
That burst of friendliness comes from Nancy “Diane” Bain, a product of Metro Nashville Public Schools. She has been employed with the district for the past 31 years and currently serves as administrator of school financial payroll records at Eakin. After graduating from Cohn High School, she married her high school sweetheart and soon pursued a career as a certified nursing technician. But it wasn’t long before Bain had a change of heart relative to her career choice.