“We have wonderful school social workers in the area that I am blessed to call colleagues, mentors and friends and being elected as a leader among them makes me feel honored and humbled at the same time.”
Jackie Taylor, lead social worker for Dalton Public Schools, was named Regional Social Worker of the Year for Northwest Georgia.
Each year, the Regional Social Worker of the Year is selected by their peers to receive this honor.
"I am thrilled to have been chosen by my peers to represent them as the School Social Worker of the Year for District 7, or Northwest Georgia," Taylor said. "We have wonderful school social workers in the area that I am blessed to call colleagues, mentors and friends, and being elected as a leader among them makes me feel honored and humbled at the same time."
Taylor has been a social worker with Dalton Public Schools for 17 years. For the past 12 years she has worked as the lead social worker and homeless liaison.
Taylor received both her bachelor's and master's degree in social work from the University of Georgia. She always knew she wanted to help people, so social work seemed like the perfect fit.
"I love my job; every day is different. Of course there are challenges, but there are just as many rewards. Seeing the situations of children and families that I work with improved and watching them grow and thrive is beyond rewarding," she said.
Although she is not originally from Dalton, Taylor says that has not prevented her from truly making Dalton her home.
"My daughter has attended Brookwood since Pre-K and is about to start Dalton Middle School. Even though I'm 'not from around here,' I am proud to know that someday I will be the mother of a Dalton High School graduate," Taylor said. "I love working for Dalton Public Schools and am proud to be part of the Dalton Difference."