Marvella R. Allen is the Supervisor of School Social Workers for Columbus City Schools. She leads and prepares her team to serve as the link between home, school, and the community, while emphasizing the importance of removing non-academic barriers that impact student success. Allen is a lead for the District Care Team. She is a Trauma, Restorative Practices, Social Emotional Learning, and Suicide Prevention Trainer. She serves as the district liaison for numerous CCS/Mental Health community partnerships, including the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Allen also holds an Advanced Certificate in Serving Veterans and their Families and is a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Facilitator.
Previously, Marvella served as a Columbus City School Social Worker with assignments in over 30 Columbus City School buildings.
Prior to joining Columbus City Schools, Marvella’s professional mental health experience included providing therapy and support to pregnant and parenting teens, sexually abused children, foster placed youth and juvenile justice involved youth. Marvella also served as a Day Treatment Clinician, providing classroom based, therapy and crisis intervention to students with social, emotional and behavioral challenges.
Allen graduated, cum laude, from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, minor in Spanish, and a Master of Social Work with dual specialization in Children & Families and School Social Work. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a Supervisory Endorsement (LISW-S) for the State of Ohio. Marvella is currently working on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on Equity in Urban Education.
Allen has been with Columbus City Schools since 2003.