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Q: When you were in high school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to work in Marketing. I was very involved with my High School DECA chapter, so a business career seemed like a great opportunity. In college, I decided to major in Business/Marketing Education, so I could teach those types of classes.
Q: What influenced you to be a school counselor?
A: I started volunteering in the Women’s Center at MIZZOU during my junior year of College, and I saw the impact counselors can have. After teaching for a few years, I decided to complete my graduate program in Secondary School Counseling.
Q: Why are counselors important in high school?
A: Counselors offer support and advice, and can help bridge the communication gap between students, parents, and teachers.
Q: What are the biggest challenges of this job?
A: Getting students to understand it’s OK to talk to a counselor if they are struggling with school, home, friends, or life in general. We are here to listen, offer support, and have resources to help. With large caseloads, it can be difficult to form meaningful relationships with all of our students. We may not realize they are struggling until a friend, parent, or teacher shares their concern.
Q: What’s your favorite part about working here?
A: Working with the students. I’ve gotten to know some pretty amazing kiddos over the years. And my coworkers are pretty awesome, too!