Underdogs of FHC
“My favorite part of my job is definitely seeing my students succeed, whether it’s getting good grades, overcoming a problem, or getting into college. It’s a really good feeling to know I had a part in them becoming a better version of themselves.”
“[My job] is rewarding. [I] feel good that I’m able to help students, help families. And not that I’m some great person that needs a pat on the back, but it’s just because I’ve been in the business and just kind-of know how the school works, how to support students, and how the college planning works because I do it day in and day out. I’m able to support people just because of the knowled...
“I spend a lot of time doing different things everyday, it seems like. I spend a lot of time coordinating things for students, talking to students that are either struggling in class or struggling in life. I’m actually working when you see me sitting in here, not just surfing the web.”
“I think we just do a lot more behind-the-scenes work than most people realize. They see us sitting at the desk a lot of times, or Mrs. Head, they see her sitting in the office working but there’s just a lot more to that work; we have our hands in a lot of different programs that happen within the school, so I think there's just a lot of behind-the-scenes work that people don’t see.” ...
“Everybody has a story. Being able to listen to a person’s story is important because that’s their life. People come in here when they’re teachers or students and they’re talking to you and if you don’t seem interested, it lowers their self esteem. Everybody’s story is unique, and for them to share that in here with me is a phenomenal feeling.”
“I like helping people. When I was first going into college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I [thought], if I could just find a job where I just help people, just help people work through their problems, that would be perfect.”
“My background was actually in business. I didn’t want to get into education at all, but if I’m ever going to teach, it’d be business. I started working as a clerk in a library for Fort Zumwalt schools and I thought, ‘ooo this is a great combination of things I like to do, reading and technology.’ The role of librarian from what I knew when I was in high school was completely different. W...
“When I was in high school, I was always in the guidance office and I really just wanted to be a counselor, so when I got to college, it just kind of re-confirmed that I wanted [to help] students dream big and never give up. I feel like it’s important for students to have that extra support.”
“I think with counselors in general, there’s a lot of stuff that we do that nobody sees, so sometimes people say, ‘I don’t know my counselor, I’m not sure what all they’re doing,’ and that’s usually because we’re spending a lot of time with people who’re struggling, so if someone's really functioning well they probably won't know us very well because they don’t need us right now. So...