Dr. Terriyln C. Rivers-Cannon is a School Social Worker born and raised in Savannah, GA. who motivates, empowers and inspires all those who she comes in contact with on a local, state and national level. She is the 2019 National School Social Worker of the Year who is the first Georgian, first African American and first African American female recipient.
She was also the 67th President for the School Social Workers Association of Georgia, and the 2nd to have served from within the Atlanta City School System as well as the 2nd to have served two terms as the organization’s State President.
Terriyln has devoted the last 18 years to improving the lives of Georgia’s school aged population. Her role is that of a child advocate, providing appropriate interventions and services that helps hundreds of children and families each year who are at risk for educational failure.
She received both her Doctor of Educational Leadership – 2007, Educational Specialist – 2006 degrees from Argosy University, Sarasota, FL, a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Florida State University- 1990, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Voorhees College in 1990.
Terriyln is a certified School Social Worker, Facilitator with the Council on Alcohol and Drugs for both STOP and SUPER Stop Programs (Alcohol & Drug prevention program), and Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor for Suicide Prevention. Facilitator as a Darkness to Light Sexual Abuse Prevention Training from Stewards of Children, Certified in Mental Health First Aid Certified Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Prevention Trainer: Lifelines – Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, Trauma/Brain 201 – Building Resiliency and Check in Connect.
Terriyln is the wife of a retired Army Veteran and the proud mother of two sons.
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