Denise Riemer honored with Change Agent Award

Denise Riemer

Denise Riemer, the Lead District Social Worker for Mobile County Public Schools, has been honored with a 2022 Change Agent Award, presented by the School Social Work Association of Alabama.

The award honors an Alabama School Social Worker who enhances the lives of at-risk students and their families, works to reduce barriers to educational success, and assists educators in understanding how home factors can affect school performance.

Riemer, who is also the system's Homeless and Foster Care Liaison and Mental Health Services Coordinator, has been with MCPSS since 2003, when she was the first social worker hired by the system. MCPSS now has 14 licensed social workers, who provide services for over 2,600 MCPSS students classified as homeless and ensure they and other at-risk students have what they need to learn and succeed. 

In addition, Riemer is serving or has served on boards and committees of many agencies that have a connection to the students, families and educators she serves, including: Salvation Army Family Haven Advisory Council, Housing First, Inc. Board of Directors, Homeless Coalition of the Gulf Coast CoC AL-501, Mobile County Department of Human Resources Quality Assurance Committee, Volunteer Lawyers Board of Directors, Interfaith Hospitality (Family Promise) Board of Directors, District Attorney’s Helping Families Initiative. She also serves as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools & SAMHSA. 

Denise Riemer