There is a new face at the Juvenile Probation office — Amy Dougherty’s first day on the job was Monday and she couldn’t be happier.

After teaching three years at Erath Excels! Academy she’s excited because she will still be doing what she loves - helping kids.

Dougherty earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and graduated from Tarleton State University in May with a Master’s degree in counseling. She is also a certified teacher. Now, she will receive on-the-job training to become a certified probation officer.

“It (the job) was an immediate good fit,” Dougherty said. “I wanted to use my counseling degree to help kids and stay involved with the community.”

Dougherty said she doesn’t have an official caseload yet, but expects to by the end of September, when her officer certification work will be complete.

Dougherty said her co-worker, Angela Hunt, went through the counseling degree program at Tarleton with her and they are both looking forward to providing more guidance for kids.

“We want to make some real changes so that they don’t come back into the justice system,” Dougherty said. “I’m realistic about where the kids come from and the habits and patterns they have already established, but I’d like to see real changes in behavior patterns.

“I want to immerse myself in this job,” Dougherty said.

Dougherty is currently serving as President elect of the Cross Timbers Counseling Association.

She is married to Dr. Thomas Dougherty and has three sons.