#NSCW & OSCA Counselor of the Day!


#NSCW Day 5 - School Counselor of the Day

Today we feature a wonderful school counselor for #NSCW (National School Counseling Week) Jayme Evans . Each day this week we will feature a school counselor and give them an opportunity to brag on themselves and tell us about themselves!

Jayme Evans is our featured School Counselor of the Day!

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How long have you been a counselor?

  • I have been a school counselor for 3 years. I was a counselor in Arkansas City, KS for one year and this is my second year at Tonkawa Elementary. This is my 12th year in education.

What made you choose counseling?

  • I have wanted to be a school counselor for as long as I can remember. I wanted to be a counselor so I could truly help children. I wanted to be that one person that the kids could feel comfortable going to see. When I was getting my bachelor’s degree, I was informed that in order to be a counselor I had to teach for 3 years so I decided on a degree in Elementary Education. Life happened and it took me awhile to get my counseling degree but I am so glad I finally did.

What do you like most about your job?

  • The one thing I like most about my job is getting to know the students on a different level than a classroom teacher. I still teach each class lessons each week so I am able to still teach but also have the flexibility to work individually with the students. Being in a small district, we are able to help families with their individual needs. I love seeing smiles on the students’ and families’ faces when we help provide food, clothing, or Christmas presents.

What is your favorite book?

  • My favorite books at the moment are the Janet Evanovich books.

Tell us about a memorable moment as a school counselor
  • I have had the opportunity to have several memorable moments as a counselor. I love being able to help families and students with their personal needs such as Christmas presents and clothing. Last year, I started a program called “My Friend’s Closet.” With this program, we accept clothing donations in both fall and spring and then we have a shopping day for families. I sort the clothing by sizes and gender and then we invite the families to shop for free. It is exciting to see the kids at school the following day in their “new” clothes.

What is your vision for the field of school counseling?

  • My vision for the field of school counseling would be that as school counselors, we are able to work more with the students instead of being responsible for so many other duties. I would love for everyone to see the importance of a school counselor and how much they are needed. I would also love for every school counselor to be treated as a greatly as I am in the district that I am in. In a small district, there are many hats that the school counselor wears but I am treated with great respect, my ideas and opinions are valued and I am appreciated by the students, staff, administration, parents and community. My vision would be that every school counselor could be treated as well as I am and truly be appreciated.

Where would you go on a dream vacation?

  • My dream vacation would be an Alaskan or Hawaiian cruise.