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Our Team

Please take a moment to read up on the members of our team. You will also find important contact information and next steps to help you get in touch with us. Together we accomplish more. #SocialWorkersUnite! 
 
 
 
CV Community,
 

First off, my thoughts are with you and your family as we navigate through these uncertain times within our community and country.  I hope that you all are safe, secure and still finding ways to be social.  I believe, now more than ever, that we need to spend as much time together as possible.  Whether physically or virtually, it is vital that we stay connected and move through these challenges together.  2019-20 was a tough school year for many; 2020-21 may pose similar problems and obstacles.  We are all in this together, and we shall overcome.

 

Moving forward, 2020-21 will mark my fifth year as the District Social Worker.  I am so fortunate and proud to be able to work in our district and give back to a community which has done so much for me.  It is truly an honor.  But I couldn’t do it alone.  Being a part of the CVUHSD Social Work Program, I stand beside a team of passionate and dedicated colleagues who want to bring out the best in those they serve.  Our program and the services provided within, are second to none.  Please take some time to explore our website so you can get a better idea of how we might be of service to you, your family or a student you know.  Please reach out if you have any questions or if you’d like to learn more about what we do and why we’re here.  

 

With Respect,

 

Kevin C. Brown, LCSW, PPSC

District Social Worker

Intern Program Field Coordinator

310-263-3179

brownk@centinela.k12.ca.us

 
 
 
 

Mrs. Lopez has been a school social worker for the last sixteen years. She comes to CVUHSD with a wide range of professional experiences varying from Gerontology, medical social work, Regional Center and educational setting.

In the first years of her career, she has been providing support to pupils and their families seeking socio-emotional support at two major school districts in Los Angeles. She’s worked in diverse and multi-cultural communities advocating for students who are at risk, needing various levels of support to achieve a higher level academically. The advocacy component ranges from social and mental health services, judiciary and familial structures. Responsively identifying the challenges students and their families face, her support encompasses the areas of mental health, homelessness, health, academic challenges, disability and unemployment.

Mrs. Lopez is currently providing interventions at Leuzinger High School and supervising Social Work Student Interns (Bachelor and Master level students). She possesses extensive training and experience as a School Social Worker, program coordinator and case manager.

Mrs. Lopez earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles in Social Work in 1999 and 2008, and a Pupil Services Credential with emphasis in Child Welfare and Attendance from California State University, Long Beach. Mrs. Lopez has demonstrated success in developing systems of student services and support, thus impacting pupils in areas of social and emotional well-being. Her dedication and passion to make a difference in the lives of youth and their families, is evident and her partnering efforts have been highlighted by two awards: “Community Leader of The Year” in 2010 and “Women’s Leadership” in 2017.  

 
Leuzinger High School
Beatriz Lopez, School Social Worker
310-263-2213
 
 
 
 
Patrick Baird has been the School Social Worker at Hawthorne High since the 2017-18 school year. During the school day, you can find him in the Wellness Center, helping students and meeting with staff. When done for the day, he enjoys watching Netflix (and other streaming services), taking walks (sometimes), and spending time with friends and family.
 
As a growing clinician and School Social Worker, Patrick takes part in a monthly “young therapists” process/training group. He is also a member of the steering committee for the California Association of School Social Workers - LA Region. Both experiences help increase Patrick’s passion for working with students and helping those in need. Patrick attended UCLA for his BA in History and MSW degree. He also attended UCI for an MA in History. Patrick can be reached at the information provided below.

 

Hawthorne High School
Patrick Baird, School Social Worker
310-263-4400 ext. 4522
 
 
 
 
Hello CV Students & Families!
My name is Jennifer Jiménez and I am the School Social Worker at Lloyde High School and CVISS. I have worked for CVUHSD since the 2018-2019 school year. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Chicano/Chicana Studies from UC Merced and later earned my Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree with a PPS credential from the University of Southern California.
 
I am very fortunate to serve and provide socio-emotional and mental health support to the students and families of CV. My goal is to positively impact our student’s socio-emotional development, mental health awareness and overall academic success. Also, I aim to increase the access to mental health resources and normalize mental health as part of a healthy lifestyle. Finally, I hope to foster a legacy of strong and trusting relationships in order to continue to prepare our students for life after high school.  
 
In spite of these times of great uncertainty, it is an honor to be part of a school district that gives importance to its student’s socio-emotional and mental health needs. Feel free to reach out for additional support at the information provided below.
 
Lloyde Continuation High School/CVISS
Jennifer Jimenez, School Social Worker
310-263-3257
 
 
 
 
Mrs. Lopez is pleased to have joined Lawndale HS as the School Social Worker in the 2019-20 school year. She is a proud Bruin and 49er, having earned her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters of Social Work from UCLA and CSULB, respectively. In her current role, Mrs. Lopez coordinates and provides school-based counseling services and support through the Lawndale Wellness Center. As an Intern Field Instructor, Mrs. Lopez also trains and supervises social worker interns from several local universities and colleges. She enjoys mentoring and guiding new social workers as they navigate their way in the social work profession.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Mrs. Lopez has experience in providing mental health services and support in both LA and Orange Counties. She has worked in multiple settings including public health, healthcare, mental health and school-based services. She has served both general and special education students from diverse ethnic/cultural populations. In her years as a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor, Mrs. Lopez developed a passion for training educators, staff and families on identifying and intervening with youth in crisis. Currently, Mrs. Lopez remains committed to raising mental health awareness and social emotional literacy among Lawndale students and staff.

Mrs. Lopez is thankful to be serving the CV community. She looks forward to continuing to develop and grow the Lawndale Wellness Center, while building strong, positive relationships with students, staff and families. She remains committed to connecting and empowering students to reach their goals and maintain overall wellness.
 
Lawndale High School
Celeste Lopez, School Social Worker
310-263-3129