•  Social Workers  

    East School Social Workers

    School social work services are designed to enhance student achievement both academically and socially within the school setting. East has seven full-time social workers.

    The Social Workers work with all scholars in the general setting as well as scholars who have counseling as part of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). They act as liaisons among home, school and the community. They conduct student psycho-social assessments, individual and group counseling, assist with crisis intervention, and make appropriate referrals to community resources as needed.

    They also provide consultation services to teachers regarding student social/emotional needs and the development of effective classroom management and instructional strategies to meet those needs. Meet our Social Workers:


    Michelle Garcia, LCSW
    585-288-3130 *6317
    Hello scholars and families!  My name is Michelle Garcia and I am the 8th grade social worker here at East. I am honored to work with your children by providing social- emotional and behavioral support and in assisting them to be safe, happy and successful.  I have a special interest in trauma- related counseling and restorative justice. I have also been studying Spanish for several years, and have studied in both Guatemala and Puerto Rico. My goal is to become a bilingual social worker in the future. I am a proud parent of two children, Isabel and Armando, who both attend Rochester City School District (RCSD) schools. I have been a social worker in the RCSD for nine years. I attended both Cornell University and Hunter College School of Social Work. I look forward to connecting with you and providing your scholar with the support they need to reach their academic goals.
    Eddie Blanding Jr., LMSW
    Lower School 

    Eddie has worked in Human Services for over 30 Years, he worked most of his career for New York State (NYS), at Monroe Developmental Center, where he received 7 promotions. He went on to obtain his Master Degree as a Social Worker in 2010, after being a high school dropout, and then resigned from his New York State job, to come and work at the Rochester City School District, to help students with their social and emotional needs; through providing confidential services focused on resolving and/or managing barriers interfering with a student’s academic progress, by conducting Individual/Group Counseling, Mediations, Crisis Interventions, Referrals to outside agencies and Parent/Teacher Conferences, to name a few. Eddie is also very involved in his Community as a Pastor, Clergy First Responder for Rochester Police Dept., Clergy on Patrol for Mayors Office and many different areas of working with Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence and he’s a sought after Motivational Speaker. Last but not least, he is a husband, dad and grandfather.



    Mrs. Beaty-Gladney, LMSW
    585-288-3130 *4509

    Welcome scholars and families to East!  Ms. Linda Beaty-Gladney is a social worker in the 9th grade academy. It is her philosophy that when scholar’s social and emotional well-being is nurtured they can soar to academic success. Ms. Beaty-Gladney has an open door policy to scholars and families who may need assistance. She has been employed with the Rochester City School District for over 22 years in varying positions and has done a tremendous amount of counseling work in the areas of grief and loss; restorative practice and depression. Ms. Beaty-Gladney holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from SUNY Empire State College and a Master’s in Social Work from The Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program through SUNY Brockport and Nazareth College. She is a proud wife, mother and grandmother of 3 adult children who are all graduates of the Rochester City School District, she is committed to our scholars’ success academically and socially and emotionally.



    Andrew Goodman, LMSW
    585-288-3130 *4263 

    Andrew Goodman is from Detroit, Michigan and is a proud supporter of the Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, and Pistons. He moved to Rochester in August of 2013 from Wales and is growing to love all that the city and Upstate New York has to offer. Mr. Goodman is a graduate of Western Michigan University (BSW) and the School of Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago (AM). He is a passionate support of urban education and believes in supporting all students on their path to a full and successful future.