Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOS“People say middle school students have a lot of drama, but I don’t see it as drama,” Hill said. “These problems matter to them, so they matter to me. I like helping them maneuver through life.”
Hill was a preteen in Metro Schools herself — she is a graduate of Maplewood High School. During that time, she was searching for her own long-term career interest, something she helps her students work through daily.
Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSHill supports students with many aspects of their academic and personal lives, she helps them plan for high school, recommends programs specific to the child and even provides tips on study or organization skills.
Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOS“I want parents to know that I am here for you and your child,” Hill said. “And if there’s anything I can do, I don’t care how small it is, my job is to be here to help them overcome whatever situation arises to help students be successful throughout the year.”
While the job is not always easy, the challenges allow her to see growth in her students, especially with the initially hesitant mentees. Hill recalls a former student in particular who openly shared her disdain of school and the counseling that was offered to her. Now she is in college and works at Head weekly through the YMCA Fun Company before- and after-care program.
Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSAnd, perhaps surprisingly, she’s pursuing a degree in counseling.
“It is amazing to see her blossom to who she is now, and it makes me proud that not only did I impact her life but that she wants to become a counselor,” Hill said.
Hill’s approach is to always keep an open door to students and let them know she is available to talk whenever they are ready. Since students may not always be open to sharing, teachers play an important role to identify students who might be having a hard day, week or month. The entire school works as a team to support the kids. Hill and her co-counselor, Cliff Owens, not only help the students but also serve as brainstorming partners and a support system for each other.
“I am a counselor so I believe in counseling and it is a tool I use for myself,” Hill said. “Cliff and I keep each other encouraged and support one another so we can be there for these children.”
This team of mentors does not go unnoticed at Head. They are known to step up and support initiatives that make the school a better place to work and learn.
Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOS“Counselors are important to the climate and culture of your building, and our counselors do a tremendous job working with the students, parents and even our administration when they need someone to talk to,” Principal Tonja Williams said. “They are critical to our buildings.”
February 3 to 7 is National School Counseling Week, a time to say thank you to a school counselor and highlight the tremendous impact they have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.