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Hamilton school social worker elected leader

Hamilton School District social worker Murrene Payton was elected president-elect of the Wisconsin School Social Workers Association (WSSWA). Payton took office at the WSSWA fall board meeting. The honor is a 3-year commitment that includes being president in the second year and past president in the third.

“School social workers help ensure academic success for all students,” Payton said. “They are a vital link between home, school and the community.”

Payton was hired as a Hamilton school social worker in 1998. She serves students and their families at three schools – Hamilton High School and Maple and Lannon elementary schools. Before joining the Hamilton staff, she was a social worker for the Tomah Area School District and Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin and interned at Central City Catholic Schools in Milwaukee. She earned her master’s degree in social work and her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Among her WSSWA duties in the next few years are serving on the Professional Development Committee, acting as the group’s official representative, chairing board meetings, attending the Midwest School Social Work Council meetings and providing orientation for new board members.