Substance Abuse Therapist
Guidance Counselor - Nexus Academy of Cleveland
Group and classroom guidance facilitator, drug and alcohol Prevention Specialist for 14 years in Parma Schools, Drug and Alcohol Counselor for a private practice, RTI team organizer, OGT facilitator for my building, scheduling of classes, credit checks, OCIS and career readiness prep, SADD advisor, Teens 4 Teens advisor, Sibs, advisor, peer tutoring program coordinator, Bridge program coordinator, college and FAFSA night presenter, individual and group counseling experience in schools and in the community.
"Be the Change You Want to See in the World"
WHY I WANT TO BE A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
My desire to become a guidance counselor came from my genuine interest in promoting young people and acting as an advocate for them. I have always found myself valuing the special needs and ideals of the young people I have worked with. I have a genuine approach which makes it comfortable for people to be able to talk with me. I want to help students reach their goals and potentials and support them in becoming healthy and productive citizens of our world. Counselors must be positive role models and have a vested interest in student's success and that is the main reason I decided to enter the School Counseling Profession.
My valuable years as a counselor and in the various school systems, has provided me with great experiences to build upon and develop my skills. I had the opportunity to run parent/teacher conferences as well as IEP and RTI plans for students who were eligible for these accommodations. I conducted individual and group counseling sessions, peer mediation, student scheduling, OGT testing, and have developed many different peer to peer proactive social groups in my schools. I was on a Bridge team, to help our eighth graders transition into high school. I am especially interested and work well with the "at risk population". I help to keep them on the path to graduation and looking forward to the next phase in their lives.