Hello and Welcome!

My name is Samantha Abeel, and I am the Elk Rapids Elementary School Social Worker. It is truly an honor for me to be a member of the Elk Rapids school family, and to be a part of this important chapter in your child’s growth and development.

My role at school is a varied one, but every day I work to provide social and emotional support to our elementary students and their families. During the school year I connect with students for a wide range of reasons, some of these include: struggles with anxiety and or depression, parental divorce or family change, friendship concerns or difficulty fitting-in, the death or illness of a loved one, and academic or behavioral concerns.

The supports I provide come in many forms: meeting with students one on one and in small groups, conducting whole class instruction, helping to link students and parents with outside resources, attending mental health appointments, consulting with teachers and educational support staff, providing behavior support and assessments, and being an available touch-point for students and parents.

In other words, I am here to HELP! Please feel free to contact me anytime at the phone numbers and e-mail listed, or stop-by in-person to chat.

Attached to this page please find: school social work permission forms and release forms available for you to print and fill out as needed. I have also attached links to some resources that parents and guardians may find helpful!


Samantha Abeel, LMSW
Elk Rapids Elementary Social Worker
Mill Creek / Lakeland

Lakeland Permission form for SSW

BackPack Club Permission Form