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Lorrie Tanner, LMSW
School Social Worker
McGraw High School
Office & Voice Mail (607) 836-3665

School Social Worker

What is the mission of our McGraw School Social Worker?
The overall goal of our McGraw school social worker is to help students reach their full academic, social, and emotional potential by reducing or eliminating barriers to success.
What is a School Social Worker?
A school social worker is a trained mental health professional who works as a part of your child’s school team. School social workers work in conjunction with students, teachers, parents, and the community to help your child have a positive school experience.
How does a School Social Worker help?
  • A school social worker collaborates in partnership with McGraw’s RTI team  to coordinate all facets of a students’ life - academic, personal, family and community
  • A school social worker prepares students for success and participation in the community
  • A school social worker promotes problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • A school social worker helps students to develop internal control to accept responsibilities and take ownership of their actions
  • A school social worker provides individual and group counseling dealing with a variety of situations such as poor self-esteem,divorce/separation, death, truancy, anger management, violence, socialization skills and other youth-at-risk concerns such as abuse of drugs and alcohol.
  • A school social worker collaborates in community planning for crisis intervention or issues such as rape, abuse and neglect, suicide, runaways and family violence
Helpful Resources
Crisis Chat
Confidential, anonymous on-line chat for support in a difficult time. A place to talk about any type of problem or stress, including family or relationship problems, depression, anxiety, or if you are worried about a friend. Crisis Chat specialists will listen without judgment and help you figure out your best options.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Confidential, anonymous support on a hotline. Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), available 24/7. If you need to talk about any type of problem, including thoughts of suicide, call specialists are ready to listen without judgment and help you through this difficult time.

As Professional School Counselor, I work with students on an individual basis, in small groups and in their classrooms.  The focus of the counseling program is on academic skills, career awareness, and personal/social skills.  I also attend parent-teacher conferences at the request of the parent/guardian or teacher, as our schedule allows.

Here are some reasons students might want to talk to the School Counselor:
  • "I had an argument with my best friend and she doesn't want to be my friend anymore."
  • "Some kids in my science class are talking about fighting after school."
  • "My parents argue all the time and I don't know what to do."
  • "My grandfather is really sick and I'm scared he's going to die."
  • "My mom just had a baby and she doesn't have time for me anymore."
  • "We're moving again!"
  • "My dad wants me to be an engineer like him, but I want to be a pilot."
Here are some reasons parents might want to talk to the School Counselor:
  • "This is John's third school this year, and he's having difficulty adjusting."
  • "My husband is being deployed in two weeks and Carolyn may need some help coping with this change."
  • "Sam used to be excited about school, but lately he doesn't seem to care."
  • "My wife and I recently separated and our daughter could use some help understanding this."
  • "My son seems to be the target of some teasing and bullying after school.  Can you help?"
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Melinda McCool, Superintendent
10 West Academy Street
McGraw, NY 13101
P: (607)836-3636