Amy Nicholas Honored as Social Worker of the Year

Amy Nicholas Honored as Social Worker of the Year by NASW-Michigan
Posted on 04/22/2024
Professional headshot of Amy Nicholas, a smiling woman with shoulder-length curly light brown hair, wearing a white blouse in front of a white brick wall.4/22/2024 - The National Association of Social Workers Michigan Chapter (NASW-Michigan) has honored Amy Nicholas, LMSW, as the 2024 Michigan Social Worker of the Year. The Michigan Social Worker of the Year Award honors a member of the NASW-Michigan Chapter who exemplifies the best of the profession’s values and achievements through specific accomplishments in recent years. Nicholas, a school social worker for the Livingston Educational Service Agency, has spent her career supporting students in preschool through high school within Howell Public Schools.

“I am truly honored to have been selected for this award. Words cannot fully express my delighted surprise and gratitude when I learned about the recognition. The support and belief in my work from my colleague who made the nomination and colleagues who wrote letters of recommendation has been incredibly heartwarming and motivating,” said Nicholas.

In Howell, Nicholas has played an integral role in the success of programs such as Parker Middle School’s TIES (peer mentoring) program and Unified Champion Sports program, demonstrating her dedication to student well-being and development. She has sought out and received grants to launch numerous initiatives, supporting everything from parental engagement to anti-bullying campaigns.

“Amy’s incredible contributions and support of our school community are evident in the success of the numerous programs she has helped build and their impact on our students. From launching a peer-to-peer mentoring program to bringing one of the first Unified Champion Sports programs to Howell, Amy has had a positive influence on the entire district,” said Dr. Patricia Poelke, Parker Middle School principal.

In addition to her role within the school system, Nicholas has been proactive in the broader community by providing county-wide training as a START EPLI Certified Trainer/Coach, participating as a member of the Livingston Educational Autism Network, providing training as a certified instructor with the Crisis Prevention Institute, and serving on committees to bring professional development opportunities to LESA. Nicholas has also mentored and supervised new Limited-Licensed Master's Social Workers (LLMSW) for their licensure.

"We are incredibly fortunate to have Amy on our team here in Howell Public Schools. Her innovative work and advocacy have profoundly impacted our students and community, exemplifying what it means to be the NASW-Michigan Chapter Social Worker of the Year,” said Erin J. MacGregor, Ed.S. Howell Public Schools superintendent.

About NASW - Michigan
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