Updated: Apr 27
Jessie Caggiano is involved with the Student Health Advisory Council as a school social worker. Her previous work experience dealt with community mental health, so she decided to make the move to join District 6. She admires the environment of this district: “I have such supportive and understanding coworkers and it makes District 6 a great place to work. I love working with all of my schools and students at each of them! It has been so great to see students through their entire high school career and see them accomplish their goals.”
When she first began her career at District 6, Jessie thought that she wanted to work in an environment where she would “be given the tools to make an impact on the students that she works with”. She has since discovered that her students are the reason she continues to work here. She states, “They provide so much energy to continue going when things get tough and I am so happy that I have had the opportunity to work with them and see them succeed.” District 6 encourages this dynamic of positive relationships between students and staff, and fostering optimistic attitudes on both sides.
"Having a strong support system ensures that these students can come to accept their challenges and find healthy ways to cope with them and grow."
Jessie has watched so many students grow an exponential amount. She describes a student whose story is meaningful to her: “One student I worked with her freshman year was struggling so much in her home life that it carried over to her school life. She was having trouble staying in class and was put on an attendance contract. This student was given so much support that by her senior year she did not need a full schedule and was able to graduate and had the skills to cope with all of the struggles in her life. She knew they would not disappear but she was able to handle them because of the things she learned while at District 6.” Having a strong support system ensures that these students can come to accept their challenges and find healthy ways to cope with them and grow.