Welcome to my school counseling blog! I’ve created my little place on the web to connect with fellow counselors and educators (and anyone else who touches the life of a child).
My goal in creating this website is to share ideas and strategies the promote social, emotional, and behavioral development. I hope you find information and tools that you can utilize right away. I tend to post things as I they come up in my work so please let me know if there is something that you are tackling as a teacher, parent, or counselor.
My Background: I started off working teaching life skills to at-risk teens in inner city Flint, Michigan in 1998. The agency I worked for partnered with the Flint Housing Commission, Flint Community Schools, and an assortment of organizations (churches, half-way homes, parent groups, etc).
In 2000, I took a job as a Case Coordinator for Whaley Children’s Center, a residential and foster care agency. During my 3 years I Whaley I was promoted to Case Manager and then to the position of a Counselor. Although I viewed my promotion as a great honor. I knew my clients needed support that I felt unprepared to provide.
Thus, I went back to school to earn my Masters in Counseling and School Counseling Endorsement. At this point, I clearly intended to return to the field of counseling kids that had suffered a life time of abuse and neglect.
As fate (and my School Counseling Endorsement) would have it, the stars aligned and I discovered a school counseling position not far from my home. I jumped at the possibility and was hired before I hired right before graduation.
That brings us to 2006, where I began my journey as an elementary counselor. I covered 3 buildings with 1,500 students. It was challenging, but very rewarding!
Since Elementary Counseling positions are not mandatory in Michigan, my job was not guaranteed year-to-year. In 2008, I decided to go back to school to earn my teaching certifications in emotional impairment and English. It was tough…you can read more about it here.
At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, my district cut the Elementary Counseling Program and I was transferred to a teaching position in a special education 3rd-5th grade resource room.
Wow! What a ride!!!
I love a challenge and my career has certainly provided me with many. I hope sharing my experiences will help you in your journey!
One of my favorite parts of my job is meeting new people so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments!
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson