School Social Workers

School Social Workers are employed by the school as members of the Child Study Team.  They work on a team along with a School Psychologist and Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant (LDT/C).  Each social worker holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

School Social Workers support students (PreK – 12) as they develop internal, strength-based assets in the areas of social skills, anger management, positive self-concept, self-advocacy, time management, study and stress management skills related to their successful academic performance in school. 

The expertise of the social worker lies in assessing the student relative to the family, the school, and the community.  the School Social Workers generally gathers information concerning the student’s health, family, and school history as it pertains to the student’s current school functioning.  The School Social Workers is also the professional responsible for coordinating community resources on behalf of students and their families.

Your school social worker’s are:

Danielle Stanley, LCSW
908-852-8150 Ext. 2264
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Ms. Stanley graduated from Saint Anselm College where she received a BA in Liberal Arts. She received a Masters in Social Work at Rutgers University. She completed her Licensed Clinical Social Work certification and received a certificate in Child Advocacy through Montclair State University. She obtained her NJ State Certification in Marriage and Corporate Mediation Specialist at Rutgers University. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership through the NJ Excel program, and is also a NJ Educational Licensed Supervisor.  She is currently working on a Certificate in Positive Psychology.  She has worked for several state agencies, a homeless shelter for women, Americorps Vista program, a therapeutic school for students with behavioral disabilities. She is has been working for the Hackettstown School District for over 10 years. 
Alison Walek, LCSW
908-852-8550 Ext. 5233

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Ms. Walek graduated from Upsala College with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work (BSW) and then went on to earn her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University. After obtaining her Master’s Degree she started her career working in a Residential Center and Private School before entering Public School. I have been a School Social Worker for over twenty five years in Public School, where she has primarily been working with preschool age though Middle School age students and their families. She has been employed by the Hackettstown School District for the last nine years.



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National Mental Health Information Center

Children and Adults with ADD

Autism Society of American

American Association of People with Disabilities