Never Too late: Aspiring School Social Worker Turns Former Gang Lifestyle Into New Calling
Jackie Valley, The Nevada Independent
Lionel Stoxstell, 63, is a U.S. Air Force veteran-turned-student success advocate at Valley High School in Las Vegas. Students often call Stoxstell “OG,” slang for original gangster. It’s a nod to his storied past involving gangs and drugs, which he shares in small doses, knowing that maybe—just maybe—it will help similarly struggling students.
Starting next year, students can add a few more letters to that nickname: MSW. The man several decades their senior expects to graduate from University of Nevada, Las Vegas later this month with his master’s degree in social work. Just two years away from Social Security eligibility, Stoxstell will be starting his career as a school social worker.