Annual Association Awards

School Social Worker
of the Year

Award Overview

The Missouri School Social Worker of the Year Award recognizes one current SSWAM member in good standing who demonstrates outstanding contributions in her/his service to students and their families, shows initiative in providing services, and contributes to a positive image for the school social work profession. 

How to Nominate

1. Complete online nomination form found below.
2. A one page summary must be provided describing the following contributions and accomplishments of the school social worker as they apply to their practice:

    • Specifics of the nominee’s achievements as they relate to the field of school social work.
    • The personal and professional attributes that characterize the career of the nominee.
    • How the nominees’ work has improved the delivery of school social work services as evidenced in linkages of home, school, and community.
    • How the nominee has contributed to the positive image of school social work.
3. Hit Submit! If your nominee is selected to receive this award, SSWAM will contact you and may request some additional information in preparation for the awards ceremony. 
(Tip: Use Word to create your summary, then cut/paste into form below.)

Important Dates

Nomination Period is Always Open

April 30th - Nomination Period Closes
May 30th - Board of Directors Selects and Contacts Recipient for Upcoming Academic School Year
Fall - Recognition Ceremony at Regional Fall Conference

Friend of School
Social Work

Award Overview

The Friend of School Social Work Award recognizes one person in the state that strives to advance our professional organization’s mission. The recipient of the Friend of School Social Work Award must have demonstrated, over the past school year, dedication to the promotion of social work services in schools combined with a strong desire to help, not only our organization advance, but also advance our member’s professional knowledge base and foster a sense of community among our members. 

How to Nominate

1. Complete the online nomination form found below.

2. Provide a one page summary describing how the nominee meets the requirements outlined in the Award Overview found above (Tip: Use Word to create your summary, then cut/paste into form below.)

3. Hit Submit and you are done!

Who is Eligible?

The friend of school social work is typically not a school social worker and does not have to be a member of SSWAM. Past recipients have worked closely with SSWAM or with members and have included superintendents of school districts, university faculty, and directors of student services, just to name a few.

Important Dates

Nomination Period is Always Open

April 30th - Nomination Period Closes
May 30th - Board of Directors Selects and Contacts Recipient for Upcoming Academic School Year
Fall - Recognition Ceremony at Regional Fall Conference

Previous Awardees

School Social Worker of the Year

Friend of School Social Work

2016-2017
Andrea Boa'z, MSW, ACSW
School Social Worker
St. Louis Public Schools

More Here on Andrea

2016-2017
Aaron Thompson, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor
University of Missouri, School of Social Work

More on Aaron


2015-2016   Dean Edward F. Lawlor, PhD
Washington University, Brown School of Social Work

2014-2015 Dr. Jim Hammen
Liberty Public Schools Director of Student Services

2012-2013 Dr. Elaine Spencer-Carver
UMKC School of Social Work


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