Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Lisa Kalata
School social workers play a vital role in Richfield Public Schools. Our top priority is reducing barriers to student success. High-quality education and academic achievement are at the core of our mission, however, many of our students come to school facing challenges in their homes, communities, or personal lives. As school social workers, we strive to link the supports of the home, school, and community for students. We promote Richfield’s core values of caring, respect, honesty, and responsibility. We work to make our schools a welcoming, healthy, supportive, and safe environment for our students and their families.
As the school social worker at Centennial School, I am trained to help students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. I work with students individually, in small groups, and in the classroom. I collaborate with students, parents, teachers, staff, administration, and community partners to help students overcome barriers to achievement. Some important parts of my job include supporting positive attendance, individual counseling, crisis prevention and intervention, referrals to social services and mental health resources, abuse and neglect reporting and innovative problem-solving. More specifically, I can help connect families with food and housing support, school supplies, transportation, and other services for homeless and highly mobile families. I can also help navigate student supports such as 504s and the IEP process. As your school social worker, I am here to help your student to learn, grow, and excel.
I truly enjoy my work and feel being a school social worker is my calling and what I was meant to be. My door is always open and I welcome a chance to meet new families. My goal is to ensure that all students and families have the tools and resources they need to be successful at school.
I have been a school social worker for Richfield Public Schools since 2001. I had the pleasure of being the former social worker at Richfield High School, Richfield Transitions Program, and Richfield Dual Language School. I also was the Richfield Extended School Year Coordinator for 13 years. I chose to become a social worker because I believed if I empowered even one person, all my years of education and training would be worth it. I believe that every person has strengths and assets to share with the world. In my personal life, I enjoy scrapbooking, outdoor activities and spending as much time as we can with my husband, son, daughter, grandson, extended family, and friends.
“There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.” - Mary Rose McGeady