Kayla LambMrs. Kayla Lamb is a School Psychologist in the elementary school. She enjoys collaborating with families and teachers to ensure that each student is getting exactly what they need to be successful in school.

Here are a few things to help you get to know Mrs. Lamb:

What is your role here at the Hudson City School District, and where do you work?
I am a School Psychologist at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School.

When did you start working at HCSD?
This is my first year in the HCSD! I started in September 2019 and have been impressed with the amount of services and support Hudson has to offer their students.

What does your job entail? What are your job responsibilities/priorities?
As a School Psychologist in the elementary school, I am responsible for completing academic, cognitive, adaptive, behavioral, and social-emotional assessments. I also counsel students individually and in groups. A huge part of my job is communicating and collaborating with parents, teachers, social workers, other school psychologists, and administrators to ensure that each student is getting exactly what they need to be successful in school. I am a part of several teams and attend trainings to stay up to date on issues our children are facing. I take pride in my interest and ability to help students during times of crises and think outside of the box when trying to find new solutions.

What do you like most about your job?
Working with kids! I love being in classrooms, watching students interact with each other and learn. I also like being a person that others can turn to when they have a problem or need help.

What is your education background?
I started as a Criminal Justice major and was interested in pursuing a law degree. I quickly realized that my true passion was studying behaviors, learning why people do what they do, and figuring out ways to help people before they enter the criminal justice system. Initially, I received an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia-Greene Community College. Although I still had an interest in law, I went on to receive my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University at New Paltz. Most recently, I earned my master’s degree in School Psychology from Marist College.

What is your background like – previous jobs?
Before coming to Hudson, I served as a School Psychology intern at Highland Elementary and F.D.R High School in Hyde Park. In addition to these roles I have also been a Clinical Case Manager, working within the Intensive Aftercare and Prevention Program at Northeast Parent & Child Society where I worked in families’ homes providing psychoeducation, counseling, and much more.

When still pursuing law, I worked in a probation department as well as a maximum security facility with juvenile individuals who committed violent felonies before their 21st birthdays. All these roles allowed me to work alongside disadvantaged families and individuals who needed assistance, which I have been grateful to help!

Tell us a bit about your life outside of school.
My biggest hobby outside of work is cooking! My husband and I can be found in the kitchen all hours of the day and night creating something new. We even joke about joining Food Network competition cooking shows! I also love to travel. This allows me the opportunity to gain a different perspective on my own beliefs, values, and general worldviews while experiencing other cultures.

I love my family and friends. Special shout out to my adorable niece (who will be turning six next month!), my hardworking and fun sister, my loving parents, my amazing and hilarious husband, and my three cats! They all make my life entertaining and my heart full.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” This quote helps me find the good in those incredibly busy and stressful times.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
Things don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful!