Parent Information About Social Work at South Elgin HS

Parent Information About Social Work at South Elgin H.S.


The social workers at South Elgin High School are Mrs. Sharon Bretz and Ms. Samantha McGann. They, like all of the other staff, are committed to helping all students grow and experience positive personal changes throughout their high school years. Most students enjoy a smooth and positive experience here at SEHS. When a student encounters a situation which disrupts his or her ability to be focused and productive at school the social workers are available to help.




Ms. McGann received her MSW degree from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012.  She received her BA in Human Services from Millikin University in 2009.  Miss McGann began her career in School District U-46 at Sheridan (now O’Neil) Elementary School and Central Schools Program Alternative Middle/High School in 2012. She transferred to South Elgin High School in 2014.  She is in the building full time and happy to assist your student with their needs.




Mrs. Bretz received her MSW degree from the University of Chicago in 1981. She is licensed by the State of Illinois to provide clinical social work. Mrs. Bretz began her career in School District U-46 at Coleman Elementary School in 1997. She transferred to SEHS in the summer of 2006. She is married and the mother of two young adults. Mrs. Bretz is assigned to SEHS full-time.




Students in all grades are assigned alphabetically to a social worker as follows:




Student's last name

Social worker

Phone extension

Email address

A - G

Mrs. Bretz

Ext. 3703

H - O

Mrs. Hebeka

Ext. 3056

P - Z

Ms. McGann

Ext. 3385






Our Philosophy and Method of Providing Social Work Services


Our typical role is to assist a student who wants help with making an important decision. Our other important role is to help a student who is experiencing crisis. We assist such students to calm down and gain readiness to reenter the classroom, pay attention and be ready to learn. 




Most of our contacts with students are on an individual basis, however we will meet with small groups of students on a time-limited basis over issues students may have in common such as a specific group-related conflict or concern or a grief reaction to a sudden death event. We also take referrals for social work services from teachers, guidance counselors, the deans, our school nurse and parents. When it’s in the student’s best interest we will collaborate closely with school personnel and parents in order to assist our students. The social workers also assist students and parents in coordinating with outside agencies when appropriate. 




If you have any questions or concerns that you think can be addressed by one of us please e-mail us, give us a call or contact Mrs. Panagiotopoulos in the Guidance Office at extension 3394.