RSD social worker earns statewide honor

Michelle Sorensen named Social Worker of the Year
RSD social worker earns statewide honor
Richland School District

A staff member of the Richland School District is now recognized statewide for her work.

In a press release by RSD Wednesday, officials announced Michelle Sorensen, a social worker at River’s Edge High School, was named 2017 Distinguished School Social Worker of the Year by the Washington Association of School Social Workers (WASSW).

The release said Sorensen received the award at an annual WASSW conference in Vancouver on October 6, for “making outstanding contributions in direct practice and leadership.”

“At River’s Edge, we build relationships with students and families and believe this is the foundation of success,” Sorensen said in a statement. “Our small size allows us to celebrate each student and their unique achievements.”

WASSW president Erin Vidler Romanuk said Sorensen’s personal connection to students helps make that difference.

“Michelle is a skilled social worker who builds trusting relationships with students and guides them toward success,” she said. “If students are facing challenges, Michelle is there to help them find a solution.”

“It truly takes a village,” Sorensen said. “And River’s Edge is a great village to be a part of as we break down barriers to education.”