August 25, 2017

RSD Superintendent Appoints Teacher Carrie Fisher as Director of Student Life 08/25/17
After 9 years as High School Mathematics Teacher, Fisher joins RSD’s administrative team

Rochester, NY – Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD) Superintendent and CEO Antony A. L. McLetchie today announced the appointment of Carolyn M. (Carrie)  Fisher, of Pittsford, to the position of Director of Student Life. Fisher has been a mathematics teacher in RSD’s High School Department since 2008. She will continue  teaching until a new high school math teacher has been hired to replace her. Carrie’s appointment as Director of Student Life comes as former director S. Christopher  Bradley, also of Pittsford, retired earlier this month after 30 years of service to RSD. 

Carrie Fisher, a native of Rochester, attended the program for Deaf and hard of hearing students at Rochester City School District’s Martin B. Anderson School No. 1. She  graduated with a Regents diploma with advanced distinction from Palmyra-Macedon High School in 1994. Carrie earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1999.  She moved to Washington, DC, in 2003 and enrolled in Gallaudet University. There she earned her first master’s degree in Leisure Services Administration in 2005. Her second master’s in Secondary Education was earned in 2008 from RIT. Earlier this year in April, Carrie was named as one of the “Top Ten Teachers of-the-Year” by Sorenson Communications, a video relay service company.

In her new role at RSD, Carrie will join the administrative team as the director responsible for the coordination, innovation, and evaluation of the school’s residential program. She will also supervise the school’s residential program staff as well as all activities for RSD students that occur during out-of-school hours, including instruction, athletics, recreation, socialization, personal adjustment, and psycho-social growth. The residential program at RSD currently has 30 students who live on-campus during the week. The total enrollment of students attending RSD is 125 children and youth, newborn to age 21.

In addition to her role as a certified Teacher of the Deaf, Carrie Fisher brings a wealth of experiences and knowledge to her new position as Director of Student Life at RSD. After graduating from RIT, Carrie held various positions in the ARC of Anchorage, Alaska; as founder and director of Camp Aurora for Deaf and hard of hearing children; as a case manager in ARC of Anchorage’s Student Life Center; and, as a mental health specialist, coordinating mental health services for Deaf and hard of hearing Alaskans in remote areas of the state. While at Gallaudet University, Carrie was a graduate research assistant in the Department of Physical Education and Recreation. She also was director/assistant director for 8 years at Camp Mark 7, a residential summer camp for Deaf youth in Old Forge, NY.

Carrie Fisher is married to Vicki Liggera, Director of Counseling and Academic Services at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. They have two children; Maggie, 7, and Theo, who will be 2 in October.


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