Honoring 100 for the 100th: Mary Kevin McNamara

Image of Mary Kevin McNamaraMary Kevin McNamara, LCSW, graduated from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa in 1997 with a Masters in Social Work. At that time she was a school-based social worker at Kendall-Whittier Elementary School employed by Family & Children’s Services in Tulsa. During this time, she was an instrumental partner with the University of Oklahoma’s Department of Pediatrics in Tulsa where she was responsible for establishing the first school-based pediatric clinic in Tulsa. In addition, she presented with the OU Pediatric Team on Improving Care for Children with ADHD for four years. In 2002, she received the Award of Excellence from the Tulsa Public Schools.

In 2003, Mary Kevin served as a Consulting Editor for the Children and Schools, a professional journal, through the National Association of Social Workers for three years.

Mary Kevin became involved with the first school-based therapeutic Truancy Court through the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau at a middle school, and served as the lead social worker in 2004. During this time, she became a social worker with the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau.

In 2006, she was one of two professionals selected from the state by the Freedom Writers Coalition in California. For over ten years, she worked closely with Erin Gruell to establish the best teaching strategies and environment for at-risk students. She and other members of this group co-authored Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruell in 2012.

Mary Kevin procured and oversaw an alternative school for high risk middle and high school students who were court-involved in Tulsa County in 2006. She implemented and facilitated the Big Picture Learning Model and other best practice programs within the school for over eight years. In 2013, she received the Ted Sizer Award from Big Picture Learning. The school continues today as a partnership alternative school between Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau and Tulsa Public Schools.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett appointed Mary Kevin to serve as a Commissioner on the Human Rights Commission in 2013. She was active on the Commission for over three years.

In 2015, Mary Kevin became a licensed restorative practices trainer through the International Institute of Restorative Practices and is a consultant for several schools.

Recently, she has become a Board Approved Clinical Social Work License Supervisor and is active in supervising many social workers in the community.

In addition, she is an Adjunct Instructor for the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work with the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa.

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