12465 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606  Phone: (757) 591-4500

Social Work Services

  School Social Workers 

Richard Dirmeyer
(757) 283-7850 ext.10528

School social workers provide the following services to support smart, safe, and nurturing schools:

  1. Work collaboratively to mobilize the resources of the school and community to meet the educational needs of students and families as well as to facilitate access to mental health services. 
  2. Provide intervention, consultation, and counseling for students who are experiencing significant difficulties that adversely impact educational experiences.
  3. Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings (e.g. Child Study) to assist in the development of Tier 1, 2, and 3 interventions to address concerns that impact students’ academic and/or behavioral performance.
  4. Interview parents and conduct appropriate assessments to assist in the process of eligibility determination for possible special education services.
  5. Provide support and advocacy to parents to ensure positive engagement with school and their community through direct intervention (e.g. parenting skill sessions), consultation, and connection to community resources. 
  6. Work collaboratively with all professionals within the school to provide crisis intervention, violence prevention, and suicide prevention services.

"There is no greater joy nor reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.” Mary Rose McGeady



"The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.” Benjamin Disraeli

School Social Workers Directory

First Step/PEEP:

Denbigh Early Childhood Donna Thornton
Lee Hall Early Childhood Donna Thornton
Marshall Early Childhood Sonja Jones
Watkins Early Childhood Sara Chopp
* All PEEP Social Workers are based out of Gatewood PEEP Center.

Elementary Schools:

Achievable Dream Academy Mara Yoko - (BLOG)
Carver Chrystal Bailey
Charles Breshell Jackson Nevels
Deer Park Chrystal Bailey
Dutrow Chrystal Bailey
Epes Mara Yoko - (BLOG)
General Stanford Donna Thornton
Greenwood Keith Wise
Hidenwood David Carroll
Hilton Grace Taylor
Jenkins Mara Yoko - (BLOG)
Kiln Creek Stephanie Gore - (BLOG)
Lee Hall Charles Brooks
Magruder Grace Taylor
McIntosh Chrystal Bailey
Nelson Sara Chopp
Newsome Park Bonita Croom Kimbrew - (BLOG)
Palmer Sonja Jones
Richneck Bonita Croom Kimbrew - (BLOG)
Riverside Bonita Croom Kimbrew - (BLOG)
Sanford Keith Wise
Saunders Barbara Meredith
Sedgefield Breshell Jackson Nevels
Yates Mara Yoko - (BLOG)

Middle Schools:

Achievable Dream Middle & High Grace Taylor
Crittenden David Carroll
Dozier Keith Wise
Gildersleeve Breshell Jackson Nevels
Hines Grace Taylor
Huntington Barbara Meredith
Passage Charles Brooks
Washington Charles Brooks and Stephanie Gore - (BLOG)

High Schools:

Achievable Dream Middle & High Bonita Croom Kimbrew - (BLOG) and Sharon Richardson
Denbigh Stephanie Gore - (BLOG)
Heritage Stephanie Gore - (BLOG)
Menchville Barbara Meredith
Warwick Charles Brooks
Woodside David Carroll

Alternative Programs:

Enterprise Bonita Croom Kimbrew - (BLOG)