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Nelson Prairie
Elementary School
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Mrs. Willey
Social Worker - Nelson Prairie

About Me...

Staff PhotoMrs. 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.

Quick Facts...

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

Graduated From:

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, son, and I enjoy going on walks, being silly, and spending time together.  We have three very lively kitties (Kona, Hilo, and Danno) with unique personalities! 


I LOVE traveling with my son, 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).