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Taneka M. Hamond, LCSW-C

Golden Ring Middle School and McCormick Elementary School
03/09/2018

Taneka M. Hamond, LCSW-C

Taneka M. Hamond has been a social worker since 1997. Her education and career have always focused on working with children and families. Hamond is passionate about giving everyone the choices and resources to meet their goals.

In 2007, she enthusiastically accepted a shared position (with JoAnna Durham) as the homeless education witness protection school social worker, as part of the Home-School Collaboration Group pilot program. In-home services were provided to students and parents who were residents of the Community Assistant Network Eastside Shelter. The students served attended Pleasant Plains, Shady Spring, and Villa Cresta elementary schools, Golden Ring Middle School, and Overlea and Loch Raven high schools. Hamond learned a lot about resilience from these students and their families.

After brainstorming and collaborating with other social workers, Hamond and Durham developed the Home-School Collaboration Group Parent Training to support parents in navigating through the school system and to help them improve their relationships with schools. Many parents have participated in the group over the years. Parent surveys suggested that parents appreciated the information and having a connection to the school. Hamond and Durham were given the opportunity to present the Home- School Collaboration Group five times at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth conference. The group also created and developed twice monthly Read Alouds for families living in shelters. Eventually, after collaborating with the Baltimore County Public Library, Read Alouds were able to occur weekly.

Hamon, who is now assigned to McCormick Elementary School and Golden Ring Middle School, works where she lives. She is dedicated to creating and maintaining positive relationships with staff, students, and families. With an emphasis on creating community, Hamond often collaborates with business partners and school personnel. Those collaborations and partnerships have evolved into donations to school programs. The “Art for a Cause“ program, coordinated by art teacher Camille Gibson, is a student-driven art program that provides students an opportunity to use their artwork to make a meaningful change or bring awareness to different issues in the community. To date, Art for a Cause has raised and donated $4,000 for breast cancer programs and autism.

Some of Hamond’s other projects include:

  • Mentoring, sponsoring, and facilitating group sessions on conflict resolution for the Ladies In Training for Excellence (L.I.T.E.) program, a female empowerment group.
  • Establishing two school food pantries in one school year.
  • Creating a positive school climate and environment with "Mrs. Hamond's Positive Vibe of the Day." These daily motivational quotes shared during morning announcements have been extremely beneficial for students and school staff.

Hamond’s work ethic as a school social worker is unparalleled.

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