The Knox School is thrilled to highlight the accomplishments of Kathleen Treccagnoli who continues her extremely valuable role as School Social Worker for her second full year. Kathy earned her undergraduate degree from SUNY @ Stony Brook and received her MSW degree from Fordham University. Kathy is kind and approachable and has spent the last 19 years as a Certified Social Worker (CSW-R) specializing in adolescents. She is also a Registered Play Therapist with the Association of Play Therapy. Over the past 2 years she has been involved in learning about Mindfulness by taking coursework towards certification to teach the Mindfulness -Based Stress-Reduction (MBSR) program offered through the UMass Center for Mindfulness. Additionally, Kathy completed a comprehensive training this summer developed by the Mindfulness in School Project (MiSP), which is the leading mindfulness curriculum for ages 11-18 in the United Kingdom. This training awarded her certification to teach the MiSP curriculum in mindfulness and can assist students reduce the stress and anxiety that adolescents sometimes face.
Maintaining a philosophy that “life is a journey, not a sprint,” Kathy has made great strides in promoting stress-reduction within our student population. Her open-minded and loving personality encourages students to find life-balance by taking time to rest, laugh, socialize and learn. She finds that one of the most fulfilling part of her job is supporting students through the challenges of navigating life and adolescence within a boarding school environment, and states that the most satisfying part of her job is working to meet the needs of our amazing and diverse student population and the challenges, cultures, and character each student brings to the Knox community.
In addition to her enthusiasm for mindfulness, stress reduction, and helping others, Kathy is a lover of nature, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, and a lifelong learner with intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning new things. She feels that “learning new things keeps her mind stimulated, and being attuned with nature promotes inner-peace and a well-balanced life.”
Thank you for all that you do, Kathy, and for sharing your many talents with The Knox School community! You are appreciated!