• Karen Lauper, LCSW, LSSW

    Karen Lauper has been the Social Worker at Pierce Middle School for 20 years.  She received a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago.  Before going to graduate school, Mrs. Lauper worked with chronically mentally ill adults in a residential setting and doing group therapy in a partial hospitalization program.  She is an Indiana Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Indiana Licensed School Social Worker.  She has supervised several school social work interns from Valparaiso University and Indiana University Northwest.  Mrs. Lauper serves as the membership co-representative for Northwest Indiana for the state professional organization Indiana School Social Work Association.  She was awarded the honor of being the 2014 Indiana School Social Worker of the year.  Mrs. Lauper is available to all students and parents to assist in providing support or problem solving in order to ease the challenges of middle school.
    Stacy Mills, LCSW
    Stacy Mills has joined the staff at Pierce Middle School this year as an Indiana Licensed School Social Worker.  Although she is new to Pierce, Ms. Mills has a lengthy social work background including 17 years at a neighboring school system.  In addition to her social work duties, Ms. Mills is co-sponsoring the STAND Club at Pierce.  She is very happy to be working in Merrillville and is available to students, staff and parents to address the needs of children and families.
    219-650-5308 ext. 5469