Leigh Fisher-Troche is a new Social Worker at Hudson Senior High School. In addition to counseling students, Ms. Fisher supports our families who are homeless or in non-permanent housing to ensure that they have access to education as well as basic resources such as food and clothing.
Here are a few things to help you get to know Ms. Fisher:
What is your role here at the Hudson City School District, and where do you work?
I am a high school social worker and McKinney-Vento point person to assist our families that are homeless or in non-permanent housing situations.
When did you start working here?
What does your job entail? What are your responsibilities/priorities?
I work with students for mandated and at-risk counseling. I collaborate with and support all stakeholders including students, families, teachers, support staff, administrators, and community programs/organizations. I support our families who are homeless or in non-permanent housing to ensure that they have access to education as well as basic resources such as food and clothing.
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy working with the kids, supporting them through different challenges, hearing their stories, and being someone they can come to when they need a listener or a safe space.
What is your education background?
I have a master’s degree and clinical license in social work.
What is your background like – previous jobs? Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I worked at a drop-in center in Staten Island for at-risk and runaway youth. I also worked for a family-based treatment program managing children with diagnosed mental health disorders and trying to help them reunite with their families. I then worked at a K-8 school in Brooklyn for seven years and a K-12 school in the Bronx for four years.
Tell us a bit about your life outside of school.
I am married with two children, a 9-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl. I like playing sports, especially softball, and enjoy outdoor activities. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
What is the best advice anyone has given you?
Don’t be afraid to screw up. It is how we learn.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
“Smile at strangers.” – Me