WLWV Social Workers Homepage

  • The West Linn-Wilsonville Social Workers Team is a critical bridge between schools, home and community to support student's positive mental health, academic success and well-being by providing services to individuals, school personnel and families. Some of the services that our team provides includes:

    • District level professional development on mental health
    • Caregiver education and informational nights on mental health 
    • District and community-wide suicide prevention education using Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
    • Consulting with school teams using a strengths-based, biopsychosocial perspective of students and families to address needs in the areas of prevention, intervention or connection to services to remove barriers and increase supports for students
    • Building relationships with community partners supporting mental health
    • Connecting students and families with community resources
    • Supporting teams in building re-entry plans for students who would benefit from mental health support, family outreach, community connections or individual support 
    • Partnering with students and families to reach their goals of positive well-being

    Please navigate our webpage to find information about available resources and learn more about who we are!

Recent or Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Primary Schools

  • Sarah Hiatt

    Sarah Hiatt, LCSW
    (she, her)

    (503) 673-7000 x 4313

    Hi there! My educational background includes a Bachelors of Science in Health and Human Development, Family Sciences, and a Masters of Social Work. I'm actively licensed by the State Board of Social Workers as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My background prior to my current role in education includes clinical mental health practice in various settings as well as medical social work within primary care and hospital systems. My outside interests include camping and outdoor adventures with my family, laughter with friends, relaxing by any body of water, and taking long walks. I am an alumni of WLWV and love that my children are a part of this exceptional district.  

West Linn High School

  • Cheryl Wilson

    Cheryl Wilson, LCSW
    (she, her)

    I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at West Linn High School. I love my work with students and families, and always believe that students and families come first. I prioritize my work with students, parents and staff based on my knowledge of what will support positive change for students. In this capacity I work with families and teachers to help student plans that help students create positive identities as successful young adults. My job is to help students navigate the various cultural, social, personal, emotional and academic experiences that may block their path to personal and academic success.

Middle Schools

  • Brittany bucholz

    Brittany Bucholz, LCSW
    (she, her)

    Hello! I am so honored to be working with such an amazing district with great families. I am alumni of the District, and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Social Work. I am licensed with the National Association of Social Workers and by the Oregon State Board of Social Workers as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My background includes work with children and families experiencing trauma, involved in residential treatment, foster/adoption and virtual clinical mental health practice. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, including my partner, my child who is in middle school, and our dog, Lottie! We love playing board games together, reading books, and chatting! Please reach out via, email, phone, or text!

Wilsonville High & Art Tech

  • Erika Avgi, CSWA
    (she, her)

    Hello hello! My educational background consists of a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Oregon (minor in Ethnic Studies) and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from George Fox University. My formal career experience includes intensive outpatient therapy, onsight school-based therapy, alcohol and drug treatment for adolescents, trauma focused work spanning multiple generations, family work, in-home family reunification services, and work with the Clackamas County Juvenile Department!

    My mission and passion is to serve the students and families of WHS, these young folks are our next generation of change agents! Our next doctors, musicians, artists, tech gurus, welders, farmers, custodians, etc. My job is to give them the tools and resources they need to discover and overcome the obstacles currently in their way of thriving-academically, emotionally, interpersonally, etc.   (simultaneously helping them realize they are capable of more than they even know!), and also walk alongside families as they navigate all that life is throwing our way! Our WHS families/students are so incredibly resilient! And it is an honor to work with you! Please reach out via phone or email! 


  • Chelse Gsell smiles for a picture.Chelse Gsell (she/her)


    Hello! I am excited to be doing my internship with this school district.  I am currently enrolled as an MSW graduate student at Portland State University.  I have a bachelors in criminal justice from West Virginia Wesleyan College. I have a background working with adolescents in a residential setting and in child protective services.  Currently I am a director for DD services for adults in Multnomah County.  I am from the east coast and I moved here with my partner a little over a year ago.  My favorite night of the week is game night. 

School Resources

  • Interactive Support Website from Occupational and Physical Therapists
    Our amazing Occupational and Physical Therapists have created an interactive website for you and your students. They have tools for students to use during the day or for parents to help our students regulate. Check out the tools to help calm!

    Homeless Liaison
    If your family is experiencing homelessness and need additional support, please contact Ruth Zollner who can see if you qualify for certain supports and connect you to other school staff to help with things you may need. Learn more and find Ruth's contact information here.