Hi everyone! Thanks so much for checking out my site! I’m Tesla, and I’ve been a social worker in the school systems since 2014.
I started out working with families at the district level. Throughout this experience, I learned a lot about district-level supports for students as well as collaborating with community resources outside of the school district.
After my district level job, I moved to the high school level. While at the high school, I learned a lot about special education and crisis supports for students. I also build my toolbox around school interventions for mental health needs. Due to COVID-19, I moved to our district’s online program, and supported students on Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
During the 2021-22 school year, I worked at the middle school level, again with students on IEPs. This experience taught me a lot about managing a high caseload, deepened my professional toolbox and inspired me to learn more about Dr. Ross Greene’s Collaborative Problem Solving.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my professional experiences and I’m excited to build my skills next school year at the elementary school level!
On a personal level, I began fostering a teen from Central America and a baby in March 2022. I started a website about that experience and the recipes I’m making for my foster family- Eat Love Foster. While writing for that blog, I started looking for more resources for both my personal and professional life, and determined I would need to start this site!
The goal of this site is to provide you with some tips and tricks that helped me along the way, as well as synthesizing all the confusing information out there around school social work and social work in general.
While this site is a reflection of my own experiences and knowledge, I hope to also include experiences from other social workers so please feel free to reach out to me anytime!
I hope you enjoy the site!