Patti Young

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This is my 25th year as a School Counselor, and my 21st year as a PSD Counselor.  My professional passions are developing students’ social and emotional skills—including, but not limited to these skills:

  • Empathy
  • Self-management/regulation
  • Relationship skills--especially peace-making & conflict-resolution
  • Being a compassionate & mindful person  

I have worked with students from many different cultures and am semi-fluent in Spanish.  Geographically, I have personal and professional ties to New York (NYC & Buffalo), Wisconsin, and Florida.  On the personal side of life, I am very fortunate to be married to Dan (a 5th grade teacher at Riffenburgh), and privileged to be the mom of Mady & Sage, my teen-age daughters.  My interests include playing/coaching sports--especially basketball; waterskiing & fishing; backpacking & skiing; reading, singing & playing piano; and traveling.  This is my 4th year at Kinard; students with last names A-G are in my caseload, but my colleague, Karen Irvine, and I work together to support the social, emotional, academic and career growth of ALL students during their years at Kinard.

PSD does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, age or disability in access or admission to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.