Patrick Van Amburgh

School Suspension Teacher At Wallkill School

About Patrick Van Amburgh

Patrick Van Amburgh is an athlete, coach, and certified guidance counselor in the state of New York. A graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts, Patrick Van Amburgh has worked in a variety of capacities as a counselor and an educator.

Patrick Van Amburgh earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education, both in Psychology. He worked as Guidance Counselor at Palmer High School, where he counseled students in selecting appropriate courses and served as a mediator between students, parents, and teachers. He also helped high school juniors and seniors prepare for their future by selecting a college, major, and career path. He was a member of the school’s Crisis Team and actively involved in the Individualized Education Program and 504 teams, aimed at assisting students with disabilities. He also coached baseball and football, and his junior varsity football team enjoyed an undefeated season.

He worked briefly as a behavior counselor for SLS Health, a home for adults with psychological disorders. There, he was responsible for overseeing the care of residents, including administering their medication. He also provided personal counseling to the center’s patients, enabling them to maintain their plans to reenter society.

Most recently, Patrick Van Amburgh was employed by Wallkill Senior High School as its In-School Suspension Teacher. In this capacity, he worked with students who had been temporarily suspended from school due to minor offenses. His supervision allowed them to stay in stride with their classmates while also providing a safe environment and a forum in which to address their behavioral concerns. At Wallkill, he again coached football and helped lead his team to a Section IX title and a spot in the state playoff game.

Blood Donation Tips for First-Time Donors

An experienced personal counselor and in-school suspension teacher, Patrick Van Amburgh received his master of education degree from Springfield College. Also a dedicated member of his community, Patrick Van Amburgh supports Humanity in Action and routinely donates blood.

Primarily overseen by the American Red Cross in the United States, donating blood is an important community service that provides red cells, plasma, and platelets to people in need. When preparing to donate blood, first-time donors should keep in mind several important points.

Other than conquering a fear of needles, resting and eating properly can help the blood donation process go smoothly. Drinking a large glass of water and eating iron-rich -- but not fatty -- foods like chicken or spinach can help ensure a donor’s blood has proper iron levels. Fatty foods can make blood impossible to test for certain diseases, and the donor’s blood could be rejected.

Donors should bring at least two forms of identification, such as a driver’s license and blood donor card, to the donation site. Blood donation is approximately an hour-long process, though blood is drawn for only about 10 minutes. Afterwards, donors should be careful with the needle-insertion site. In addition to avoiding vigorous movement, donors should drink extra liquids and avoid alcohol for the next 24 hours.

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