Audrey DiMaggio Fiore was recently named the new Director of the Graduate Counseling program. We sat down to get to know her a little more.
Audrey received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from UW-Madison in December of 1991 and has spent the last 28 years in the school district of Janesville in a variety of roles. She taught both second and third grade and worked as a high school counselor at Craig High School and as an elementary counselor at Madison Elementary School. Audrey completed her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University in 2000 and a master’s degree in counseling from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2006.
Audrey also taught for Concordia University Wisconsin as an adjunct instructor in the counselor education program in the fall of 2018. While working for the school district of Janesville, she was one of the lead schedulers at Craig High School and was very involved in implementing RTI (Response to Intervention) at the high school, served as a leader in implementing academic and career plans, and served on the ELDI (Educators Leadership Development Institute) team in working to close the achievement gap.
Audrey is passionate about working with students of all age groups. In addition to her passion for education, she enjoys reading, camping, spending time with family, and exploring the many ways she can use her creativity. She currently resides in Cambridge, Wisconsin with her husband and is the mother of three beautiful children (Michael, 26; Nicholas, 23; and Isabella, 19). She feels blessed to be serving as the Director of the Graduate Counseling program and as an assistant professor in the counselor education program.
Background aside, we got to know more about Audrey and why she loves Concordia, more about the program, and what she wants to do as the new director.
Why did you choose Concordia?
I received my graduate degree from Concordia, and I loved the personalized attention and the learning environment. To be able to come back here and be a part of the faculty is a great honor. I hope to continue to create that same environment for all of our students.
What do you love most about Concordia so far?
The people! I love that the people here treat each other with respect, care, and concern. There is a real feeling of community and family here.
What can students take away from this program? What kind of opportunities does it create for graduates?
What people can take away from this program is preparation for the world of work, critical thinking skills, adaptability, life-long learning, compassion, empathy, and the importance of relationship building. This program can open many doors of opportunity for our graduates; they can either go into education or work as a professional counselor.
What are your goals for this program as the new director?
This is an excellent program because of all the hard work that the prior directors did to build this program to what it is today. I hope to carry on that legacy and continue to grow the program and make changes that help our counselors going out into the field to feel like they are on the cutting edge of an ever-changing field. Our students have an opportunity to work with many instructors who are actively working in the field—either professional counseling or school counseling. I believe this gives our students an edge in that the practitioners that they are working with and learning from understand what is currently happening and changing in the field. Some examples include trauma-informed care, anxiety issues, addictions, behavioral difficulties, academic and career plans, ethical issues, internet safety, equity, inclusion and diversity, advocacy skills, etc.
Why should students consider Concordia’s counseling program over others?
I think that students should consider Concordia as we offer a very personal touch from the point of application to graduation. This program offers a lot of flexibility and an opportunity to learn in a variety of modalities.
What makes a good candidate for this program?
A good candidate for this program is someone who is passionate about helping others. Someone who is willing to work hard, has a love of learning, and is a strong relationship builder.
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