Getting to Know You

Donna Coons, LCSWDonna Coons sits at her desk

Mrs. Donna Coons is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who joined the district in September 2016.

Here are a few things to help you get to know Mrs. Coons:

 

What is your role here at HCSD, and where do you work?
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and I work in the Junior/Senior High School.  I have office spaces in both sides of the building.

What is your education background?
To be a LCSW you have to have a Master’s degree in Social Work.  I received my degree from the SUNY Albany School of Social Welfare.  After school, I was required to have about two years of supervised work and take a few trainings such as recognizing and reporting child abuse.  Then I had to take an additional exam in order to become a LCSW.

What is your background like – previous jobs?
I worked for Coarc in Columbia County for over 20 years.  During that time, I held various positions, including administration, but most recently as a clinical social worker.

Tell us about your family.
We are originally from the area.  My husband graduated from Hudson High School and my daughter is currently in eighth grade at HCSD.

What are your interests outside of school?
I play semi-competitive volleyball and I have played in Hudson High School’s fundraiser volleyball tournament.  I would like to create another faculty team for this year’s fundraiser. 

I am really interested in food preservation and like to frequent local farm stands to get ingredients.  I make jams, jellies and other canned food items.  The most popular one is my “girlfriend’s jam,” which is a strawberry margarita jam that I often give as holiday gifts.
I am also involved with a variety of volunteering activities, particularly the Hudson Children’s Book Festival.  I have lived in Stottville for about 15 years and I really enjoy the book festival.  I have a strong commitment to literacy so I look forward to helping out with the Hudson Children’s Book Festival every year.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
It’s not so much advice as it is an example to live by.  I grew up in a very dysfunctional home and as a result spent a significant amount of time in the home of my best friend's family.  What that family provided me with was an example of how a family could be and a direction for how I wanted to live my life.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you respond to it or how you handle it.