"Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!" ~Anne Frank
Becoming a school counselor did not cross my mind until I started working as a College Adviser with the Virginia College Advising Corps. For two years, I worked alongside school counselors to mentor and assist many high school students in Danville, Virginia, many of whom were low-income and would be the first in their families to go to college. During my time there, I had seen many talented young people become frustrated with having few or no supportive adults to help and guide them, but being there and watching them as they grew made me realize the amazing powers of passion and compassion. Young people are our future, and by encouraging and inspiring their hearts, minds, and souls to succeed, I truly believe that we have the ability to inspire positive growth and change for our society's future.
Every student is unique and has individual gifts and talents to share to the world. As a school counselor, I strive to help foster those gifts and talents, as well as be an advocate for all students, doing my best to support and encourage them, no matter where they are in life. I strongly believe in addressing the needs of each individual student, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, socioeconomic status, age, ability, sexual orientation, religion, or any other self-identifying factors in order to promote academic, personal, and social success.
I personally align with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model in order to meet the needs of all students I will serve. I am very passionate about equity and social justice, and will do my best to see to it that students are provided the tools and resources to excel, not just in school and in future careers, but for the rest of their lives.
At the same time, my role as a school counselor is not limited to serving just students, but also their families, teachers, administrators, school staff, and the community as a whole. In the words of John Donne, "No man is an island." In order to create an effective school counseling program, I believe that relationships and collaboration within the entire school and the greater community are integral, as both have the ability to influence each other. I truly believe that exchanging ideas and sharing resources are important in building strong bonds among our school and community members so that we might help each other to grow and improve.
The school counselor role is often misunderstood or undervalued. Many people often do not know what school counselors do or how important they are within the school system. As a school counselor, I hope to be engaging and transparent, and make myself easily accessible and available to the school-wide community.
In addition, I hope to bring my personal strengths to my counseling relationships. In doing so, I hope to connect with and to promote positive growth and development among school and community members. I hope to provide positivity and energy, and I love using technology and creative outlets for self-expression. One of my goals is to provide creative ideas to create positive, impactful change. I am excited and look forward to working with many students, families, teachers, administrators, and community members to provide innovative ideas and solutions to better address and resolve the problems that our students and our educational system face.