My Educational Heroes!

Two months ago, I had the privilege of presenting, along with the high school principals, to the Worthington City Schools Board of Education on the “State of the High School Programs”.  We spent time framing our work to consider the whole child as well as students with different backgrounds, interests, and levels in learning.  We shared about the partnerships with various organizations which extended learning beyond the walls of the schools, as well as creating a physically and emotionally safe environment for students to learn and explore.  After the presentation, we opened the time to questions that led to a great dialogue to showcase the hard work of our staff and students.

At the conclusion of the evening presentation, I continued to reflect on a statement from a Board Member immediately after the presentation portion of the evening – “It sounds like our School Counselors are doing a lot for our students.”

As I reflected on all of the slides about our programs, everything we talked about attached to the direct or indirect work and involvement of our school counselors.  While I have an incredible respect for our school counselors and what they do each day, I realized that I neglected to recognize them overtly.  I am so glad our Board Members were able to make this great connection of the work with our students to our school counselors.

With the increased and changing requirements on graduation requirements and state Image result for school counselorstesting, I am fortunate to work with such talented and committed school counselors.  The role of the counselor has changed.  In addition to managing college essays and counseling
students, they also create and monitor programs, in social-emotional learning, new student programs, suicide prevention, career development, intervention, and family issues.  In my role as a district administrator, they are on my direct dial for many of these efforts.

While I am talking with them in person or on the phone, I am always grateful for not only their knowledge on policies, student issues, and support groups, but also for their positive spirit and attitude, depth of knowledge, advocacy for students, and work above and beyond.

This past week, I was able to connect with other district administrators and higher education leaders in Ohio to talk about the role and needs for school counselors.  As we shared about the changing landscape of education and the needs of students, I was even more affirmed about these necessary positions in our schools.  And, even more, I was honored to share the stories I have experienced in my short time at Worthington City Schools with our amazing team of counselors.

In this next week, I encourage you to reflect on the day-to-day work of the school counselors.  If you are as fortunate as I am, you will not only see them working hard with a lot of things happening at once, but you will experience kindness and a genuine passion for helping the whole child.  

For these reasons, I hope you will join me in giving a huge thanks to our School Counselors!

 

 

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5 thoughts on “My Educational Heroes!

  1. Neil, I was fortunate to start my administrative career in a school with a strong counseling program and a lead counselor who taught me that the counseling department is the heartbeat of the school. She insured that the counselors always advocated for students in all situations. I feel blessed to be in a school now where the counselors share a similar philosophy and they are more than academic counselors and paper-shufflers.
    Thanks for sharing this great tribute to a wonderful group!
    Jennifer

  2. So refreshing to read. So often we have to explain what we do as school counselors. The list is very long, yet rewarding….even more so when we feel valued by our students, colleagues, and especially supervisors. Thank you for showing there is hope!

  3. Thanks for sharing your appreciation of school counselors and for all they do in assisting our young people to become successful, responsible, resilient citizens. Your blog was much appreciated!

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