The school year is in full swing here at TCS. Students on the school side are busy with classes and various therapies, and the young adults in transition are resuming internships, affinities classes, hiking, and counseling. Some young adults are continuing college
courses while others have just begun their college careers. Teachers and counselors alike are invigorated by the buzz of activity and the hope of a year full of progress and connection.
Many of you reading this may not recognize my name. Let me introduce myself. My name is Chrissy Alberi, and I am as new to
TCS as the fresh coats of paint you may have noticed via sight and smell around the hallways and offices. In May of this
year, I graduated with a Masters of Social Work from the University of Georgia. (Consider giving me a chance in the event
that you are not a bulldog fan. I can take the heat.) After nearly a decade of fulfilling work in international adoption, I decided to go back to school for clinical social work to become a therapist and gain a deeper understanding of the
family system and its impact on an individual’s life.
I am keenly aware of how new I am to The Community School each day, from my commute to work, to my relationships with the staff, students, and young adults, to my role here in general. At the moment, the intriguing aspects of embarking on a new career are outweighing the inherently terrifying ones; however, I anticipate a measure of anxiety staying right by my side to keep me
freshly engaged in this adventure.
As I ponder the challenges before me in getting settled here, and more broadly speaking, a career change in general, I cannot help but empathize with the struggles that many of the individuals we serve face daily. I am furthermore deeply thankful for the
existence of the community at TCS, for there is a steady climate of curiosity, empathy, and sincerity coupled with many years of professional experience that seeks to create a safe space for those individuals to learn and grow. At the end of the day, our connection to others defines our experience in the world. Thus, one of the things I look forward to most is forming meaningful and lasting relationships with the individuals and families who seek support from TCS.