SEL is the process of understanding and managing your emotions, setting and achieving positive goals, feeling and showing empathy for others, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and making responsible decisions.

This site has been developed for students by West Charlotte School Social Worker. One of the roles of a School Social Worker working within the school systems is to provide services to students to enhance their emotional well-being and improve their academic performance. As you navigate through this website you will find virtual learning opportunities and valuable resources.

Hi! My name is Tulani Vaughn and I am one of the School Social Workers at West Charlotte High School. I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and graduated from Columbia University in New York City with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. I am also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I was born and raised in New York City and have lived in Charlotte, NC for more than 20 years. I have been working at West Charlotte for approximately 12 years. I am also one of the track coaches at West Charlotte.

What is school social work?

School social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession. School social workers bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team. School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who can assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic, and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy. School social workers are instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence. (School Social Work Association of America 2020)