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Our Team

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Kevin Brown has worked in the mental health and education fields since 2006.  He has been a staff member with CVUHSD since 2016, before which, he was a Clinical Social Worker.  Mr. Brown also currently serves as a Primary Counselor with the Thelma McMillen Recovery Center for alcohol and drug treatment.  His professional background includes extensive work with children, adolescents and adults with developmental, behavioral, addiction and mental health problems.  He has spent significant time working in academic, correctional and rehabilitation facilities providing a wide range of services to both underserved and underperforming populations.  Areas of specialty include Clinical Psychotherapy, School Social Work and Addiction Medicine with an emphasis on child development and family dynamics.  His thesis work centered around role modeling and the impact of relationships on teen mental health.


Mr. Brown offers both a professional level of intervention and personal commitment to those he serves.  He believes that by using a holistic and strengths-based approach, meaningful and lasting recovery is achievable by both patients and their loved ones.  Mr. Brown received his Bachelors in Psychology and Masters of Social Work degrees from California State University Long Beach.  He is currently licensed by the State of California as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has his Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work.



Kevin C. Brown, LCSW, PPSC

District Social Worker

Social Work Student 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.  

Leuzinger High School
Beatriz Lopez, MSW, PPSC
School Social Worker
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, MSW, PPSC
School Social Worker
310-263-4400 ext. 4522
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, LCSW, PPSC
School Social Worker