The Fairport Central School District is excited to announce the selection of Kathy Steblen as the District’s new drug/substance abuse prevention coordinator, effective Aug. 1. She replaces Angel Curley, who retired from the position after a 30-year career in June.
Steblen comes to Fairport with 17 years experience counseling teens in school environments. Most recently she was a substance abuse prevention specialist for Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council working with students in Wayne County and Monroe County schools, and a domestic violence counselor for Safe Journey.
A native of Farmington, Steblen and her family have called Fairport home for 22 years. She said she is thrilled to be able to work and live in the Fairport community.
“I am excited at the prospect of working with students, families, faculty, staff and administration, with the goal of strengthening our community,” she said. “I cannot imagine anything more rewarding than the opportunity to work as a team with the Fairport School District to promote a caring community.”
Steblen earned her Master of Science in Education in Counseling from The College at Brockport. Additionally, she earned her Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor from the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services of New York State as well as her Licensed Mental Health Counselor from the University of the State of New York.
Among her goals, short term Steblen said she plans to get to know the District, its culture and its people – students, parents, teachers and staff. In the long term she said she would like to raise awareness around mental health issues, the prevalence of depression and anxiety in young people, and how to better manage symptoms in an effort to reduce the abuse of substances.
For more information about Kathy Steblen, including a full interview, visit http://www.fairport.org/kathysteblen.