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  • Larkin High School's Counseling & Social Work program's mission is to provide and facilitate a developmental counseling program including academic, career, and social-emotional development for all students. In partnership with educators, parents, guardians, and the community, we advocate for all students to become life-long learners and productive members of society.

    Students are assigned a Social Worker and based on their last name.

    If Students would like to meet with their Social Worker they should visit the Social Work Office (Rm# B149) during their Lunch, or ask for a pass from their Study Hall Teacher.

     

    Parents wishing to schedule a meeting with a Social Worker should contact them directly.

     

     

    Any Documents can be faxed to 847-888-6996

Phone: 847-888-5247

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Katherine Smiley, MSW

 School Social Worker/Trabajadora Social

Serving students with last names/Apellidos que empiezan con: A-F

This is Katie Smiley's 7th year as a social worker at Larkin, and 8th year in School District U46. She grew up in Antioch, IL, and learned from an early age that she wanted to work with high school students. She decided to pursue her undergraduate degree in social work from Carthage College and went on to get a master's degree in school social work from Loyola. Working at Larkin is a dream come true because she gets to meet so many amazing students and families! She truly loves what she does and works, to provide a safe and judgment-free space for all. In her free time, she coaches boys volleyball at Larkin, hikes, crafts, and spends as much time as she can with family and friends. 

 

Phone: 847-888-6730

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Gaby Arriaga, LCSW

School Social Worker/Trabajadora Social

Serving students with last names/Apellidos que empiezan con: G-O

Gaby Arriaga was born and raised in Aurora, IL by two wonderful Mexican immigrant parents. She is a proud graduate of Barry University’s School of Social Work program in Miami, FL and she currently holds a License in Clinical Social Work. Her work experience has primarily focused on serving adolescent youth and their families. She has worked in non-profit agencies for 4 years as a Youth & Family Therapist both in Florida and in Illinois treating a variety of mental health concerns. Previously, she worked in District 15-Palatine as a Bilingual Elementary and Junior High Social Worker. she is currently in her 6th year as a ROYAL and she absolutely loves what she does! It is truly an honor for her to be in a position of service and healing. It is not easy to open up to someone about life’s struggles. She tries her hardest to create a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental space where her students are always valued, respected, and heard. 

 

Phone: 847-888-5222

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Stephanie Willmoth, LCSW

School Social Worker/Trabajadora Social

Serving students with last names/Apellidos que empiezan con: P-Z

This is Stepanie Wilmoth's third year at Larkin. She is a first-generation college graduate and attended Illinois State University for her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and the University of Illinois for her Master of Social Work degree with a specialization in mental health. She spent seven years working with youth and families as a SASS worker, youth therapist, and Clinical Supervisor. She also earned her License in Clinical Social work and obtained her School Social Work certification through Aurora University. Before coming to Larkin she spent several years working at a high school in Chicago. She loves working with students, and her goal is to provide a safe space to empower them to obtain the necessary skills to be successful in school and in life.