KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. -- It is Wednesday so that means it is time for our Teacher of the Week, but we are doing something a little bit different this week.
We are recognizing the hard work of Kathleen Hill, she is a licensed social worker with Clay County Schools. She is heading up the team of social workers and psychologists helping children deal with tragedy at Keystone Heights High School. Recently two students committed suicide at Keystone Heights High School and Kathleen and the team have been working on crisis intervention, grief counseling and teaching children about the responsibilities of social media, among other things.
Kathleen Hill says though the job is rewarding when they help a student, it can be very emotionally tough because this is her community.
"For me, I have had to step back and let my team take it on and I am just coordinating it. I'm giving them the family histories I know and that helps me separate because I can't be emotional through this, so I am really kind of like a leader saying 'I need you to do this' or 'I need you to do that', because if I fall apart I am not going to be effective. This is my community, these are my kids," tells Hill.
Mrs. Hill says she and her team try to be a link between home and the classroom. If you are a student at Keystone Heights, Mrs. Hill says she and her team would be happy to talk to you anytime if you need it.
For her dedication to helping students through this tough time, Mrs. Kathleen Hill with Clay County Schools who we are spotlighting this week.