Why did you decide to become a School Counselor?
By the time I graduated from high school, based on a variety of life experiences, I knew I wanted to follow a professional path of service. I wanted to make a positive difference. My vague aspiration over a five year period finally merged with my interest in coaching youth sports. I have been very fortunate in being able to do both during my life and career.
What is the best part about being a School Counselor?
The best part for me is seeing personal growth in students, from the small steps to the big ones, and seeing the joy of student’s success. It is privilege that I take quite seriously.
What is one of the challenges you faced this year during the Covid pandemic working as a School Counselor? How did you overcome that challenge?
The biggest challenge for me during the pandemic has been communicating with students in crisis, within the limited space of a virtual meeting room. Communication can be a struggle in this virtual platform. The feeling of not being as effective as you need to be, from any perspective (student, family, or counselor), is difficult. I overcome that challenge by doing what all counselors do…you take your time to listen, insure you learn from the student what the issues are, what is causing the pain, and work with them to develop and implement a plan that addresses the concerns. It takes more time. It is more difficult.
What is something you think everyone should know about School Counselors?
For many students who face a myriad of academic, behavioral, or social challenges, School Counselors can help to provide stability, an anchor of sorts. All students need to know that they matter, that their presence in the school community is important and essential. School Counselors have the unique opportunity to communicate this and to develop relationships that allow students to see this about themselves. They can help students learn how to make who they are work well for them as they move forward toward successful and fulfilling adult lives in the community.