Mrs. Willey, MSW, LSW
As a School Social Worker, I exhibit a diverse set of knowledge and skills to assist in furthering Nelson Prairie's mission and to provide a safe and calm environment for both teaching and learning.
Years as a School Social Worker:
Favorite Thing About Being a SSW:
I am very excited to be a Nelson Prairie-Prairie Dog! I love the uniqueness of my role as a School Social Worker (SSW). Not only do I get to work with students and staff, but administrators, and parents, too. I have the flexibility to work with students on an individual basis, celebrating successes, or working through how to fix a problem, in small groups, dealing with friendship, worries, or changing families, and in class groups, talking about a topic of interest, or the monthly Social-Emotional Learning/Character Education lessons. I enjoy learning about students through teacher collaboration and problem-solving, and parent contacts. Each day I look forward to making Nelson Prairie a safe and happy environment for our students. My heart smiles when I walk through the halls and hear a student using a strategy they learned or encouraging a friend to make a better choice. Thank you for allowing me to help make your children bloom!
“A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.” ~Author Unknown
I received my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA, and continued my education at University of Illinois at Chicago - Jane Addams College of Social Work (Chicago, IL), graduating with my Masters of Social Work (MSW). I am also licensed through the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW).
My husband and I have three very lively kitties (Kona, Hilo, and Danno) with unique personalities!
I LOVE traveling with my husband, sister, and parents, taking pictures, and collecting souvenirs (sea shells, too)! I have been to 18 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, many Caribbean islands, Cartagena, Colombia, 10 European countries, Vatican City, Monaco, and visited four of the seven continents! I always look forward to adding to my list! I also enjoy reading cozy mysteries, watching the Cubs, Blackhawks and movie marathons, and making (and drinking) various types of coffee (Turkish coffee, latte, macchiato, cappuccino, and espresso).