Phone: 973-423-6469 ext. 2613
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A.- Psychology M.S.W.- Clinical track/concentration- children and families; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey L.C.S.W.- NJ state license S.S.W.- NJ state certification
Ms. Debbie Kinney-Chen
Welcome to my page! I have enjoyed being the Hawthorne High School and Lincoln Middle School social worker for the past eleven years. I came to Hawthorne after about fifteen years of working as a social worker in the area of mental health. I practiced clinically for a number of years and also provided mental health education and advocacy for a state mental health organization. While my transition to working in a public school was a big change, I have never looked back. I take great pleasure in working collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and outside providers to assure that each child is afforded the opportunity to reach their academic potential. Working on a school schedule has allowed me to spend more time with my own children. Just like many of the parents here in Hawthorne, I am a 'hockey mom', 'volleyball mom', 'cheer mom', 'equestrian mom', 'school mom', and a working parent who wants what is best for my children. I look forward to my continued work with the students here in Hawthorne.
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin