School Social Work in West Virginia

NASW WV member Gary McDaniel, LICSW is featured in this timely article from WV Focus magazine:


The Kids Aren’t Alright West Virginia Focus

“It’s hard to learn on an empty stomach,” says Morgan County Schools Social Worker Gary McDaniel. A joyful bear of a man who tops his graying curls with a bowler hat, he’s a main architect of the school system’s common-sense mental health interventions, which have few parallels in West Virginia. “You gotta meet the fundamental needs first. School isn’t shelter, food, belonging—but it can help with those things, if we let it. Then we can teach and kids can learn.” Quiet hallways and kids who wave from the cafeteria line when their principal walks by seem to suggest McDaniel is onto something.