Spotlights
Keisha Broyles: BCPS School Social Worker
Passion for building awareness of youth mental health needs
03/07/2017

Keisha Broyles: BCPS School Social Worker

Keisha Broyles, LCSW-C, graduated from Wayne State University’s School of Social Work in May 2003, earning a master’s degree in social work. Early in her career, she worked with medically fragile children, adolescents, and their families at Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Detroit. She provided support for families who encountered various obstacles related to the medical care and needs of their children who suffered from sudden injury or chronic medical conditions, including heart transplants.

Broyles continued to pursue her passion of working with medically and emotionally fragile children as she ventured into the field of school social work, working first in nonpublic schools in Maryland prior to joining Baltimore County Public Schools. She began working with BCPS in August 2014 continuing to serve medically vulnerable populations as a school social worker at two of BCPS special schools, Ridge Ruxton and Maiden Choice.

Broyles currently serves the families and students of Maiden Choice School on a full-time basis and is involved in various school-based initiatives and programs that reinforce the importance of equitable practices, enhancing school culture, and maximizing both school and community-based resources to support student success.

These initiatives and programs consist of serving on the school’s Leadership Team, the School Progress Team, and the Improve Committee. Broyles has supported BCPS’s strategic plan for success, Blueprint 2.0, by serving on the school system’s Safe Schools Planning Committee, as a member of the school social work department’s Leadership Core Team, and as chair of the Social Work Professional Development Committee.  

Outside of school, Broyles has a strong passion for building community awareness of youth mental health needs. She became a certified youth mental health first aid instructor in October 2016. She is sure that when others understand the prevalence of youth mental health disorders, the stigmas and myths surrounding this issue will dispel and positive change will be inevitable.

Broyles provides indirect and direct social work services to students to ensure access to community resources. She facilitates communications between home and school to support optimal functioning within the school and community environments. Broyles also is committed to empowering students and families in the disability community to build upon their self advocacy skills by supporting their navigation through various social service, financial, and transitional systems.

She believes that every individual has the power within to lead a productive and fulfilling life regardless of his or her background.  

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