Georgia's Own Terrilyn Rivers-Cannon Is 2019 National School Social Worker Of The Year

Jun 4, 2019

Terrilyn Rivers-Cannon didn't always want to be a social worker. Growing up in Savannah, she wanted to become an attorney.

Rivers-Cannon didn't decide until she was about to graduate high school that she might be interested in following in the footsteps of her aunt, a professor of social work who for years had shared stories at family dinners about the people she helped.


Decades later, Rivers-Cannon is the 2019 National School Social Worker of the Year. She's the first Georgian and African American to earn the national award, which she received for her work with kids at Booker T. Washington High School and Fickett Elementary School in Atlanta in addition to her leadership as president of the School Social Workers Association of Georgia.

Now that school is out for summer, Rivers-Cannon joined On Second Thought for a conversation about her path to social work and her vision for the future of social work in Georgia schools.

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