My name is Lauren Keogh, and I am an Elementary School Social Worker for the School District of Lyndhurst. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Social Science from Seton Hall University and then went on to earn my Master's Degree in Social Work from Kean University. I have also had the privilege of achieving a certification in Supervision and Administration via an alternate route program run jointly by Thomas Edison Teaching College and NJPSA (New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. I am entering my 14th year in the district of Lyndhurst.
As part of my job, I serve and support teacher in all building in the district grades preschool through grade 8. I also serve and support families and students who are Lyndhurst students but whose needs are best met in a school outside of the township. As part of the Child Study Team I act as an evaluator assessing the needs of both the student and family in and out of school via a confidential bio-psychosocial history. When I act as a Special Education case manager, I help to design, write, implement, and support IEPs (Individualized Education Plan). My goal is to maximize the academic, social, and emotional potential of each child and his/her family. At times, this requires linking students and families with resources and supports outside of the school within the community, county, or state. When my schedule allows, I also run social skills groups within our special education classrooms as well as sit as a member of Jefferson School's I&RS team. Another aspect of my job is acting as the district SEMI (Special Education Medicaid Initiative) Coordinator. This federally funded program serves to keep therapies (counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech/language therapy) at no cost to families. I thoroughly enjoy working with not only students but their families.