Spotlights
Kory Chase: BCPS School Social Worker
Using technology, books, TV, and music to bring lessons to life
03/08/2017

Kory Chase: BCPS School Social Worker

Kory Chase, LCSW-C, began her social work education at McDaniel College and completed her master’s degree at the University of Central Florida. 

Chase began working with children and adolescents in 2002 and knew immediately that school social work was her passion. Prior to joining Baltimore County Public Schools, Chase worked as a social worker for a local nonpublic school and spent time as the clinical supervisor of a foster care agency.  Chase began working for BCPS in 2013 as the school social worker for Wellwood International Elementary School, Pikesville Middle School, and Pikesville High School. She is currently the fulltime social worker at Pikesville High and is a member of the Social Worker Leadership Team. 

Chase works with students individually, in groups, and in her infamous lunch bunches. She loves to use humor to help her students have “real talks” about their choices and their futures. Chase helps her students to develop coping strategies, social skills, and “grit” to navigate high school and the world beyond. She loves to integrate technology, books, TV, and music into her work with students to help bring the lessons to life. 

Chase began working as the co-chair of the Gay-Straight Alliance in 2015 with teacher Douglas Kotula.  Her work with the club and the LGBT population at Pikesville quickly became one of her favorite parts of her job. Many club members have formed friendships and meet each day to have lunch as a part of the lunch bunch held in Chase’s office. Involvement has increased tremendously, and Chase is amazed at the positive impact the students have had on each other by coming together during this short time. The Gay-Straight Alliance planning their first Gay Pride Day at Pikesville High School to be held this spring.  

Seeing her students succeed is the most rewarding part of the job for Chase. She is thrilled to be welcoming a former student back to speak in March for Disabilities Awareness Week. He will be speaking to students and parents about his experiences as an adult with autism. Chase is so grateful for the opportunity to share his story with parents in the Pikesville community.

March will include other opportunities as well for parents to connect with resources at Pikesville High School. Chase partnered with the PTSA and school nurse Alison Merani to help host a teens and substance abuse program. This panel discussion will help parents learn about the warning signs of drug use and how to access useful community resources.

Overall, Chase considers being a school social worker for Team BCPS and Pikesville High School the most rewarding and validating work that she has done in her life. Her involvement in all facets of the Pikesville High environment has afforded her the ability to make a positive impact on the daily lives of young people in BCPS.

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