Bonnie Simonelli

Occupation

Guidance Counselor
Substance Abuse Therapist

Current Employment

Guidance Counselor - Nexus Academy of Cleveland

Experience

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.

PERSONAL MOTTO:

"Be the Change You Want to See in the World"
Mahatma Gandhi

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.