Meet Your School Counselor
Professional Disclosure Statement
About Your Counselor
I received my School Counselor certification after completing my master’s degree in May, 2015. I graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Master's of Science in Educational Psychology: School Counseling. My graduate program is accredited by the American Counseling Association’s Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the nationally recognized accrediting agency for counseling graduate programs. Through the two year program, I completed over 100 hours of supervised counseling practicum at Red Bud Elementary School, 50 hours of supervised career group counseling practicum at SIU, and over 600 hours of supervised counseling internship at Chester High School. I also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing with an Art minor, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from McKendree University (2010 & 2012).
My passion for working with students began when I accepted a position with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) as a College Access & Outreach Representative. For three years I worked in several schools in the surrounding Metro East area assisting students with college readiness, awareness, and financial aid. Helping students and their families maneuver the postsecondary transition proved to be very rewarding. It only took a year of working in the field to realize my passion was in working with student populations in an academic atmosphere. I then decided to return to school and pursue school counseling at the secondary level.
School Counselor's Role
Gone are the days of guidance counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class, or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with the minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling and are uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students through a comprehensive school counseling program addressing the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students.
My goals for 2015-16 school year at Dupo High School are to increase college awareness and access by incorporating in-class lessons as well as one-on-one college/career counseling. I also will aim to increase our FAFSA completion rate which will ultimately increase our college attendance rate. Increasing student and family knowledge on scholarship options is another goal of mine, as there are countless opportunities for students to get their hands on money to assist them with college costs. Finally, it is my ultimate goal to truly get to know the students, staff, and community in order to gain an understanding of what the needs are and what is important to you. I want to be a known resource to the school community and aid in each student’s post-secondary success.
School counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives. Generally, information shared in counseling will not be shared with anyone. As required by law, however, there are several limits to confidentiality. These limits include threat or harm to self or others, suspected child or elder abuse or neglect, and by court order. Additionally, information may be shared with a school administrator if behavior reported is a violation of school policy and must be reported; if the counselor needs advice and needs to consult with a fellow counseling professional; if informing an administrator or classroom teacher is in the student's best interest; if making parents aware of certain situations shared in counseling is in the student's best interest and if the student requests the counselor to tell someone else. Sharing of information will be discussed with the student and will only be shared on a need to know basis in an ethically and helpful manner.