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School Social Workers

School Social Work in Cherokee County

A Guide for Parents and Teachers

Mission Statement

Our goal is to assure that no student in Cherokee County gains less than full advantage of the educational opportunities provided by the school system as a result of family problems or school attendance problems.

School Social Work Services

Cherokee County School Social Workers Serve Families by

  • Serving as a liaison for parents and students with the school and community
  • Working with families to remove barriers to school success
  • Informing families of available community resources
  • Advocating for families with legitimate concerns
  • Making home visits to build relationships with students and parents
  • Referring families to appropriate agencies when necessary to protect the right of students to receive the opportunity for a quality education.

Your School Social Workers

Perry Marshall - Cherokee Innovation Zone

Perry has worked in the Cherokee County School System since 1984, first as a teacher and currently as a school Social Worker.  Perry is certified by the Georgia Department of Education in school social work, administrative leadership and as a teacher in language arts for grades seven through twelve.  Perry is a member of the School Social Workers Association of Georgia, serving as ninth district president in 1992-93.  Perry has a Specialist Degree in school administrative leadership from Lincoln Memorial University, a Master’s Degree in school/home services from The University of West Georgia and a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.

David McFerrin - Creekview and Sequoyah Innovation Zones

David is a Social Worker who has provided mental health services to children, adults and families since 1991.  In addition, he has served as Youth Director in a local church for the past three years.  He is certified by the Georgia Department of Education in School Social Work and by the Composite Board as a Licensed Masters Social Worker.  For four years David has served as a member of the Coalition of Treatment Providers for the Cobb County Public Schools Prevention and Intervention Center.  David holds a Master of Social Work and Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.  He is also a graduate of the D. Swan Haworth Psychotherapy Training Program.

Dr. Tara Quinn-Schuldt – Etowah Innovation Zone

Dr. Tara Quinn-Schuldt has worked in the field of social work since 2003.  Tara has experience in the development and implementation of a county-wide attendance protocol, acted as a guide in the reporting of child abuse and neglect, functioned as a liaison between school and the family, and provided school-based training on social service related topics.  She also has a long history of coordinating with local community agencies, including the Department of Family and Children Services, the local Child Advocacy Center, the Department of Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Court, local mental health agencies and the like.  Tara earned a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Development from the Erikson Institute, Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago.  Tara also earned her Doctorate in General Psychology from Capella University.  Tara is certified by the Georgia Department of Education in School Social Work and by the GA Composite Board as a Licensed Master Level Social Worker. 

Marcie Firebaugh, LCSW – River Ridge and Woodstock Innovation Zones


Marcie is a social worker who has provided mental health services to children, adolescents and families since 2009.  She has specialized in trauma, child development, and mental illness. Marcie earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from College of Charleston. She is certified by the Georgia Department of Education in School Social Work and by the GA Composite Board as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Cherokee County Truancy Panel

The Cherokee County Truancy Panel is made up of volunteers from the Highland Rivers Center for Mental Health, Cherokee County Department of Juvenile Justice, Cherokee County Department of Family and Children Services and Cherokee County Department of Public Health.
The Panel is supported by the Cherokee County Juvenile and Family Court whose staff makes sure a space is reserved in the Cherokee County Justice Center for monthly meetings.
Families may be invited to appear before the panel for school attendance problems when other interventions prove unsuccessful.
Panel members link families to available services when appropriate and enter into a contract with the family to improve school attendance in hopes of avoiding a petition being filed before the courts for violation of Georgia’s Compulsory School Attendance Law.