Hello, I’m Lesley Schmidt and I’ve been a School Social Worker for 7 years in Hamilton County, and a Social Worker for 16 years. I enjoy connecting families to the community, advocacy, and helping students achieve their potential. I am very excited to serve in this leadership role with TASSW, especially now when there are so many changes in education underway across our districts. Social Workers bring a unique skill set to schools and are trained to offer mental health counseling, crisis intervention, and address the needs of homeless youth. My hope is that we use our voices and actions to keep social work relevant and impactful in our schools. I look forward to continuing in the direction of building our membership, bringing awareness to our profession, and connecting with School Social Workers across the state. Together, we are stronger!