My name is Amanda Hernandez, and I am the School Adjustment Counselor at Fausey this year.
I am originally from the Capital Region of New York, but moved to Western MA in 2011 after completing my Associates Degree,to finish my undergraduate education at Smith College. Upon graduation, I spent nearly 4 years as a preschool teacher for children who are deaf/hard of hearing at the Clarke School in Northampton. During that time, I simultaneously began my graduate studies in school counseling and school social work at UMass Amherst. I graduated from my program in 2018 and spent the majority of my internship years in the Holyoke Public Schools. Last year I was in a long term substitute position at West Springfield Middle School as the interim 8th grade guidance counselor, and this is where my love for West Side blossomed. I am so grateful and excited to be continuing my work in this community.
I truly love being a school counselor because of the students. I deeply value education and believe that in order to prosper academically, children must also be happy and healthy. This profession is both challenging and rewarding-- the perfect combination that reminds me that I am doing something that matters.
Cheers to a wonderful new year!
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