Q: What’s the best advice you’ve been given about social work?
A: Trust your instincts.
Q: What do you do?
A: I meet with students to help and provide support across a wide array of topics.
Q: What made you choose to work at AAHS?
A: I am an Altoona alumni who didn’t graduate here, but I was here until tenth grade, and the idea to give back and help was appealing to me.
Q: When was the moment you realized you wanted to be a social worker?
A: Working in the field in general; I like the idea of a holistic approach of treatment.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a social worker so far? Why?
A: Definitely engaging families and students because I love people.
Q: Who inspired you to become a social worker?
A: Probably, without going into too much detail, working with the families I’ve been with.
Q: What college did you go to?
A: Undergrad Penn State Altoona and graduate degree went to the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A: I like to watch football, write and read poetry, travel and decoration/crafts.
Q: Why did you choose social work?
A: I chose to work with students because after working with a range of ages, teenagers are my favorite to work with. I like to help guide them on their path.
Q: As a student, I know I tend to get nervous for the first weeks of school. As a teacher in a new school, do you feel that sense of nervousness you once felt as a student?
A: Oh my goodness: absolutely.
Q: Is there something you would want to do during your social work career? Ex: coaching a sport, head of a club etc.
A: Maybe just some sort of mentoring capacity.