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.
Kevin C. Brown, LCSW, PPSC
District Social Worker
Intern Program Field Coordinator
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.
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.