#NSCW & OSCA Counselor of the Day!


#NSCW Day 4 - School Counselor of the Day

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

Tara Kerr is our featured School Counselor of the Day!

Twitter handle: @daktryl

How long have you been a counselor?

  • I have been a counselor since 2007. This is my 9th year and I have worked with students from Pre-K through 12th grade.

What made you choose counseling?
  • In high school I discovered that I knew I wanted to help kids somehow. I was considering social work when I took a 1-credit-hour Career Discovery course during my first year of college. School Counseling was one of the options that kept popping up for me. After doing some research and shadowing a school counselor, I knew I had found my calling! This was solidified through my work as a camp counselor during summers in college.

What do you like most about your job?
  • There are so many great things about this job! Some of my favorites are leading guidance lessons and getting to know individual students & their families really well since I get to work with them for multiple years at a time.

What is your favorite book?

  • Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Tell us about a memorable moment as a school counselor.
  • Just a few weeks ago, a former student asked me watch a video detailing a woman's very traumatic childhood and how she has found happiness and success since. The former student wanted to share it with me because I know about her own past and journey towards finding peace and happiness. I have not seen this student in years and was not in contact with her until very recently, but this simple gesture of hers brought me to tears because I realized that I had made an impact on her life, just as she has on mine. I am humbled and honored any time a former student reaches out to me.

What is your vision for the field of school counseling?
  • I would love for both fellow educators and the general public to gain an accurate understanding of the role of school counselors. People who know what we are supposed to do work hard to help us do it, and we are grateful to them. Counselors can be game-changers in education when we are encouraged to utilize our specific skills as part of everyone's goal to help students to reach their potential.

Where would you go on a dream vacation?

  • I am very interested in history and would love to take historical tours of Scotland, Israel, Egypt, Germany, the northeastern US...the list goes on!