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2019 N.C. School Social Worker of the Year
2019 N.C. School Social Worker of the Year
Posted on 11/25/2019
BCS Communications

Staff and students at Enka Middle School surprised their social worker with some big news on Friday! Molly Pitman has been named the North Carolina School Social Worker of the Year! Central office support staff, fellow educators, and Enka students presented Ms. Pitman with her plaque, balloons, flowers, and a gift.

“When I learned that I earned this award, I felt so many things -- pride, appreciation, and shock,” exclaimed Pitman. “Pride because it feels good to be recognized for a job that often feels exhausting and tough. Appreciation for all of my colleagues, because it is truly not possible for me to do this job without all of the professionals I work alongside and learn from daily. Shock because I know how many amazing school social workers we have in North Carolina, so I cannot believe that I was chosen among such incredible folks. I'm grateful for this recognition, but more importantly, I'm grateful that I get to do what I love everyday.”

Ms. Pitman was praised for being a leader among social workers and building key connections among her schools’ staff and families. She’s described as an integral part of her school communities.

“I love this job because it is so dynamic – there is never a dull moment, something different everyday,” said Pitman. “I entered the field of school social work not really knowing what to expect. As a school social worker - and quite frankly, working as an educator -- I recognize that the work we do is not only changing others’ lives, it is also changing mine, and for that, I am so grateful. Everyday, our students and their families allow me a small glimpse into their lives, and each person has a story to tell,” she said.

Ms. Pitman serves Enka Middle, Enka Intermediate School, Pisgah Elementary School, and Woodfin Elementary School. She will receive formal recognition for her accomplishment at an upcoming BCS Board of Education Meeting!

In this video, Shannon Boyd, BCS Social Worker and regional chair for the N.C. School Social Worker Association, explains why this organization chose Ms. Pitman as their best of the best this year!
“I love this job because it is so dynamic – there is never a dull moment, something different everyday,” said Pitman.

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