Meet William Hughen

William Hughen
District Director of School Counseling
Hudson School District (NH)
Twitter: @AlvirneBroncos

How did you get become the district director of school counseling?
I started at Alvirne High School (NH) as an assistant principal while I completed my Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies. When the opening for director became open, the superintendent reached out to me and asked if I wanted the position. Over the next few years I expanded my role to serve as director for the entire district.

What is your favorite part of the job?
I love seeing the transition students make from shy freshmen to confident seniors. From leaning on others to helping them make decisions to firmly taking control of their lives, it is invigorating to see.

How does NACAC play a role in your career?
The ever-changing landscape of careers and interests is difficult to keep up with. NACAC brings many factions together and helps engage many professions so they can work toward mutual goals.

Do you have any advice for professionals new to the field?
Do not be shy. The best way to grow in any career is to reach out and share your experiences with others. Inevitably, others will share with you and you will have that experience to learn from.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing counselors today?
The demand put on counselors to be everything to everyone is frustrating. The big push years ago to go from “guidance” counselors to “school” counselors was to highlight the fact that our roles have changed. They have changed because the issues families are dealing with now are much more complex than they were even 10 years ago.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I truly enjoy music in my life. I love to listen to newer artists and see where music is trending. I especially enjoy playing music and treasure the times I get to play music with my colleagues in a little band we have put together.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?
Wow, great question. I’ll throw it back to Hawkeye Pierce from the TV show M.A.S.H. He was the most skilled doctor in the unit and the one who had the most fun. I try to incorporate that balance in my job today. Through NACAC I find the opportunities to become better in my craft and when the work is done, I enjoy blowing off steam in many ways.

Describe yourself in five words.
Loyal, friendly, old, musical, and spiritual.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
I am thankful for the opportunity to work with great kids, supportive families, and tremendous colleagues. I look forward to many more years working with NACAC and my affiliate in New England.

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