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School Social Worker - Marisa Gustafson

Marisa Gustafson, LICSW



My name is Marisa Gustafson (she/her) and I am so happy to be part of the Dowling community. I am the social worker here, and my role is to support students, families, and staff as we work to grow and learn together.

I attended Macalester College and the University of Minnesota for my degrees. I hold a clinical license in social work, as well as a license for school social work from the MN Dept. of Education. I live in South Minneapolis with my partner and our dogs. I love to garden, enjoy the outdoors and lakes, and to work on projects around the house.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your child, or have a family situation and need assistance, I will do my best to help as much as possible. I believe in building connections and empowering our students and families to be happy, healthy, and achieve their goals.

You can contact me by email, call my school office, or call/text my google number. See below for all of my contact information. I do my best to respond in a timely manner.

I look forward to helping and supporting all of our students and families!

- Marisa

Marisa Gustafson, MSW, LICSW

Licensed School Social Worker

Office: 612-668-4414

Google Voice (call & text): 612-568-7092

Hours: 8:15 am - 4:15 pm

If you need immediate help with your child in a crisis situation, please utilize the free 24/7 Hennepin County service, Child Crisis 612-348-2233.

For other mental health crisis supports, dial 988.


Resources for those experiencing housing instability:

There are supports available to promote school stability and academic success for students. If you are living in temporary or unstable housingplease let your school social worker know.  Eligible students are protected under the McKinney-Vento Act and have the right to:

  • Stay in the same school.
  • Automatically qualify for free school meals.
  • Immediately enroll in school without education records, immunization records, or proof of residency.
  • Participate fully in school activities.
  • Get school transportation, even across district lines.
  • Receive other educational services. Learn more at

Hennepin County Emergency Housing Assistance.  Learn more and apply at

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