Heather Lincoln is a new social worker at Hudson High School. She is also the district McKinney-Vento Coordinator who helps families with housing needs. She loves her job and helping students.
Here are a few things to help you get to know Ms. Lincoln:
What is your role here at the Hudson City School District, and where do you work?
I actually have two roles! I am a school social worker based in the High School building and I am the McKinney-Vento Coordinator for the entire district. The latter is a position mandated by New York State to support families in temporary housing situations.
What are your job responsibilities/priorities?
I will be providing counseling to high school students both in-person and virtually. I specialize in teaching coping skills, mindfulness, and conflict resolution.
I will also be providing district-wide support to our families in need (K-12). Specifically, I help families that are in temporary housing situations (e.g., “doubling-up” or “couch surfing” with family and friends, living in a shelter or hotel, or any other unstable inadequate type of living arrangement). I can help link families to community resources so that there will be minimal disruption to their child’s educational plan. Families can call me at 518-828-4360 (ext. 3221) or email me at email@example.com.
When did you start working at HCSD?
I began at the beginning of September 2020.
What do you like most about your job?
I love being a social worker! I get to meet the most interesting people and build trusting relationships. I get to be creative and think “outside the box” to solve problems. I never have two days that are remotely the same.
What is your background like – previous jobs?
I have worked in the mental health field for over 20 years. I am a trained and licensed psychotherapist in NYS. I most recently worked at the alternative high school program Warren Street Academy and Columbia County’s Mental Health Clinic, both right here in beautiful Hudson.
What is your education background?
I have a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz where I double majored in Sociology and Psychology. I have a master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I once worked for an artist making mosaic tiled furniture, flowerpots and picture frames. I got to smash dishes, cups and bowls all day!
Tell us a bit about your life outside of school.
I am busy at home with my husband and two kiddos. I have a daughter who is nine years old and a son who is six years old. We spend our time outdoors as much as possible. We love to hike and camp in the Catskill mountains. We also enjoy riding bikes, skiing, snowboarding and swimming.
What is the best advice anyone has given you?
After I graduated from high school, I was so confused about what I wanted to do for a career because there are so many options. I wanted to be an artist, an explorer… but I didn’t know how to begin. My father told me, “Heather, you can be all those things but first you must get a license or certification in SOMETHING so that you will never be without a job. That way you will have time and money to pursue your dreams.”
What is your motto or personal mantra?
Everything is temporary.