Ms. Debbie Kinney-Chen

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