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Kelsey Fischer

Tacoma, WA 98405 • • 773-290-3572


Highly effective education professional with 7 years of experience supporting, encouraging, elevating, and motivating youth (ages 6-21) of diverse backgrounds to overcome obstacles and flourish academically, socially, and emotionally.


Master of Education in Professional School Counseling June 2019, ESA certification pending

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy June 2012, magna cum laude

City University of Seattle Tacoma, WA

Lawrence University Appleton, WI

Solution-focused counseling

Crisis intervention

Motivational interviewing

SMART goal setting

Time management


ASCA National Model

College applications



IEP and 504 process

Family and community partnerships

Event planning

Facilitation and teaching

Curriculum writing


Community Liaison / School Counselor(emergency certified)

Lincoln High School | Tacoma, WA

January 2019 - present

Provides solution-focused counseling to students needing social, emotional, and academic support

Supports students experiencing homelessness in reducing barriers to school attendance and success

Manages Community Resource Center for students in McKinney-Vento program

Connects with community partners (such as the Children’s Savings Account Program, Tacoma Arts Live, and Planned Parenthood) to provide students with outside resources

School Counseling Intern

Lincoln High School | Tacoma, WA

August 2018 - present

Supports at-risk seniors with weekly check-ins and goal setting to meet graduation requirements

Leads biweekly meetings to discuss interventions for at-risk seniors with teachers, counselors, and administrators

Facilitates a weekly small group for students identified via early warning intervention system (EWIS)

Builds and alters student schedules using eSchoolPlus and participates in master schedule building

Performs credit checks by analyzing transcripts, schedules, and testing requirements

Visits feeder middle schools to connect with and prepare eighth grade students for high school

Youth Advocate

YWCA Pierce County | Tacoma, WA

March 2016 - August 2018

Created 10-session curriculum (Healthy Love) focused on preventing teen dating violence and promoting healthy relationships

Taught the Healthy Love program to 8 classes of students at 4 high schools

Measured data on Healthy Love participants’ change in knowledge, skills, & attitudes via evaluations

Delivered biannual educational workshops on dating violence to health classes in 15 high schools

Facilitated support groups for teens and youth impacted by domestic violence

Advocated for racial equity through leadership in the YWCA cultural competency committee

School Age Children’s Advocate

YWCA Pierce County | Tacoma, WA

October 2015 - March 2016

Developed, planned, and implemented an arts and recreation curriculum for children ages 6-12

Facilitated groups of up to 15 children to practice developmental skills and coping strategies

Managed a rotating caseload of up to 6 families living in the YWCA domestic violence shelter

High School Program Director

Peace Community Center | Tacoma, WA

November 2014 – July 2015

Directed and managed the academic and college readiness program for 70 high school students, most from low income and single parent families

Communicated with students and families regularly to ensure involvement and build community

Planned and delivered 16 major events including overnight retreats, field trips, and celebrations

Supervised 4 academic coaches (AmeriCorps members) via 1:1 meetings, observations, staff retreats, and evaluations

Collected and analyzed data for program evaluation, including demographics and participation

July 2013 – July 2015

Academic Coach (AmeriCorps)

Peace Community Center | Tacoma, WA

Supported 15 high school students via weekly 1:1 meetings and SMART goal setting to meet graduation requirements and prepare for college and career

Evaluated student progress by writing monthly academic alerts and semester reports

Founded and led (F)empowerment, a group of 18 girls that met biweekly for activities and discussions on healthy relationships, media literacy, body image, and related topics

School Age Site Supervisor

YMCA | Appleton, WI

August 2012- June 2013

Managed after school program for 30 elementary students to learn and be active

Planned and implemented curriculum focused on education, health, and community building


Human Rights Commissioner

Human Rights Commission | Tacoma, WA

May 2016 - January 2018 3 hours/month

Collaborated with other commissioners in monthly meetings to discuss and make decisions on cases of discrimination in employment, housing, or public accommodations

June 2014 - November 2014 24 hours/month

Trained in Basic Sexual Assault Awareness (BSAAT) and Advocacy to supported assault victims via the crisis line in accessing resources and feeling understood and empowered

Victim Advocate

Rebuilding Hope: Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County | Tacoma, WA

Support Group Facilitator


Sexual Assault Crisis Center | Appleton, WI

15 hours/month

Facilitated 3 ten week long support groups for pre-adolescent girls who experienced sexual abuse


Hilt, Lori M., Amelia Aldao, & Kelsey Fischer. “Rumination and multi-modal emotional reactivity.” Cognition and Emotion. 29.8 (2015). Print.