Student Services: Social Work
My name is Andrew Smith, and I am the school social worker for the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools. Prior to working in the Office of Student Services, I was a 7th grade science teacher at Sheffield Middle School. I have dedicated my career of 20 years to the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools.
I graduated from Conneaut High School and received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a minor in science from Bowling Green State University. I continued my education at Cleveland State University where I earned my Master of Social Work degree in Clinical Social Work. In effort to be licensed as a school social worker by the Ohio Department of Education, I attended Case Western Reserve University to complete the school social work licensure track. I worked in a school unit at Lorain County Children Services from 2004-2011 and worked at a group private practice in Avon Lake from 2011-2014. I served on the executive board for the Lorain County Board of Mental Health from 2010-2017, and currently sit on the board for the Lorain County Prevention Connection. I am President of the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Teachers' Association , which is the bargaining unit (OEA/NEA) of the certified staff for the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools. Our bargaining unit supports students and the learning conditions in which they attend school. As a professional organization, our role is to support the best opportunities for staff to work and students to learn. Like our 'Facebook' page: Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Teachers' Association (SSLTA) which contains information regarding events and positive news of the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools.
My goal as a school social worker is to help make our children the most academically successful, well rounded students. My goal is to advocate and support students and families who are in need, support responsible and healthy decision-making, reduce risky behavior, and work with students to help them excel in all aspects of their school experience. I serve as the clinical resource for the administration and guidance counselors.
I look forward to working with you. Please feel free to contact me should you believe your child may need additional counseling, educational, emotional, or behavioral support.