I am a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) but I am not a teacher I am a counselor. I am teaming with Janie to provide school counseling services to PCA students with the last names that start with A-L. School Counselors provide social/emotional support, academic guidance, and post-graduation planning.
I went to a large comprehensive high school in New Hampshire where I grew up. I then went to a small college in Vermont to play soccer before I transferred to University of Vermont, where I earned my BS in Human Development and Family Studies. While in college I was able to do a month long Outward Bound Course which made me fall in love with Colorado. I also was able to study abroad for a semeter in Bali, Indonesia. I moved to Colorado a week after I graduated from UVM. Once in Colorado, I started working with youth in all different capacities. From all my expreeience, I decided being a School Counselor would be great, so I earned my Master's of Education from CSU with a focus on School Counseling.
I have worked with kids starting when I was in high school when I was a public pool lifegaurd. During these summer months I developed a passion work working with kids to look towards the future and make it what they want. So I started working with kids in all sorts of environments; wilderness therapy, courts, special education, and camps. I decided working in the schools would be where I could work with a wide variety of students and help them look and plan for their futures!
I love to be outside-skiing, hiking, paddleboarding, or even reading outside. When I can't be outside I like to get crafty. I like to sew and work with shrunken, felted sweaters.
My first job was working the front counter at a dry cleaners. It taught me people spend a lot of money to have other people clean their clothes;) It also taught me to be responsible and make my own money. Working for and with people are the most importatnt skills one can learn with their first jobs. I never stopped working after that, I loved the independence working provided me. I think we can all learn a lot from every job we have.
I don't have a classroom. But when I work with students, I respect them at all times and where they are at in their life. I hope to work with them to solve problems, big and small.