Social worker named tops in state


Posted: January 22, 2019

Donna Thornton was selected as the Social Worker of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Social Workers.

Thornton supports students by addressing a variety of issues that might have an impact on the student's ability to learn including social/emotional stressors, truancy, family challenges, substance abuse, mental health issues and crises.

"Mrs. Thornton is a servant at heart and is dedicated to reaching and helping as many children and families as she can," said Richard Dirmeyer, supervisor of student advancement for Newport News Public Schools.

Thornton has spent her 28-year professional career as a school social worker with Newport News Public Schools serving students in preschool, elementary and middle school.

She is an active member of the Virginia Association of School Social Workers, where she has twice served as the Tidewater chair (1996-2000 and 2012-2017) and as state president (1998-2000). She currently serves as secretary of the Tidewater region.

Donna Thornton (center) receives recognition from Superintendent Dr. George Parker (left) and School Board Chairman Gary Hunter (right).
Donna Thornton (center) receives recognition from Superintendent Dr. George Parker (left) and School Board Chairman Gary Hunter (right).