In response to overall student well-being and a desire to improve school safety, expanding student support services has been a priority for schools across the country.
Vienna High School was able to achieve this goal in several areas and was awarded an additional grant that will allow the district to add two more student support staff/social workers. Julie Manley and Brandi Hammond were chosen to fill these positions.
“Our student support services have grown over the past few years, and being able to expand these services with two additional social workers with grant funds is a win not only for students and families, but also for the community and taxpayers. premises,” the VHS superintendent said. Joshua Stafford.
“Nationally, we are aware of the increased needs of students and it is important to meet these needs for students and also for the general environment and safety of our schools.”
Manley served for more than 20 years with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services as a human services clinician and assistant adoption coordinator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Murray State University and completed her undergraduate studies at Shawnee Community College.
“I am very happy to take this new opportunity,” said Manley. “I’ve always wanted to do a job like this. I enjoy volunteering with my daughter at her 4-H club. When I have free time, I like to spend it with my family and friends.
Manley currently lives in Golconda with her husband, Alan, and daughter, Jillian.
Hammond has 14 years of experience in the field of social work. She was a forensic investigator with Centerstone of America and was a coordinator with the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, developmental therapist with Early Intervention, educator at the Child Advocacy Center and worked in Jackson County schools to teach the Botvin Life Skills Program. Hammond earned a BSW from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve in Vienna. I believe every student you pass in the hallway has a story and that story serves to help them in their future,” Hammond said. looking forward to getting to know the students and helping them with the tools they might need in their tool belt to succeed in the classroom and beyond high school.
Hammond is married to Stephen Hammond, who is a pastor at Pleasant Ridge. Together they have five children, two of whom will attend primary school in Vienna.