Dawn Jaeger, School Social Worker at AEA 267, was selected by the Iowa School Social Workers Association as the 2012 Iowa School Social Worker of the Year. Dawn will be honored at the state conference in Des Moines on October 12th. Dawn will be further recognized at the Midwest School Social Work Conference in Green Lake, Wisconsin in November.
Dawn has worked at AEA 267 since 2000. She currently works out of the Southern Sector as a team representative. She has previous work experience as a hospital social worker, substance abuse counselor, and respite care coordinator.
Dawn has been a leader in the state of Iowa in bullying prevention instruction. Through her role as an Olweus Technical Assistant Consultant and a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) trainer, she is pioneering how to integrate these frameworks both for professional development and for application of interventions for students, families, schools and communities.
In her former position as a school social work discipline facilitator, she worked to advocate that school social workers develop skills that not only serve to enhance social competencies of students but also promote academic achievement. She has dedicated her efforts to bring a social worker presence to the transdisciplinary team at the school as well as to the planning team for professional development.
Dawn is a graduate of Wartburg College and the University of Iowa. She and her husband, Brent, reside in Grinnell.