Caitlin Dorrer is a new Guidance Counselor at Hudson Senior High School. She helps high school students stay on track to graduate and figure out their post-graduation pathways.
Here are a few things to help you get to know Ms. Dorrer:
What is your role here at the Hudson City School District, and where do you work?
I am a guidance counselor for students in grades 10-12 who have last names beginning with A-L. I’m located in the High School Guidance suite.
When did you start working here?
What does your job entail? What are your responsibilities/priorities?
Guidance counselors wear many hats! But my primary responsibilities are making sure that students are safe, staying on track to graduate, and helping them figure out their individual post-high school pathways.
What do you like most about your job?
Being able to interact with students and teachers from every grade!
What is your education background?
I got my bachelor’s degree in History Education from SUNY New Paltz and my master’s in School Counseling from CUNY Hunter College.
What is your background like – previous jobs? Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I have over 3,400 hours of community service. Right out of college, I volunteered for two years with an international nonprofit called City Year, which focuses on keeping students on track to graduate and ready for college and career success. Choosing to serve in Boston my first year, I was an in-classroom English tutor who focused on helping students improve their English academics, attendance, and social emotional learning. In my second year, I worked with corporate sponsors to create service events to benefit schools and community centers around Boston. For example, we built benches, created supply kits, designed and painted murals, etc.
Tell us a bit about your life outside of school.
I’m a Long Island native who is very happy to be settled down in the Hudson Valley! I enjoy going on hikes with my golden retriever Kirby, baking, listening to a variety of music, and crafting.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
“Comparison is the death of happiness.” We are each on our own individual journeys and paths, but the more we compare ourselves to others, the more we think that our path needs to be just like theirs – but that isn’t the case!
Anything else you want to share?
I’m super excited to be here at Hudson High School! Thank you everyone for being so welcoming and understanding as I start my career here.