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I am eager to secure a School Counseling position which will allow me to provide helpful guidance and contributions to the growth and development of students, while concentrating on the continuing refinement of personal skills and professional development.
As my attached resume cites, I am a New York State Certified School Counselor, having studied and trained at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, where I earned a Master of Science Degree in School Counseling in 2008.
Most recently, I was the sixth grade School Counselor at Islip Middle School. My work consisted of individual and group counseling to help students and their families with academic and personal concerns. In conjunction with guidance outside of the classroom, I routinely provided a presence in the classroom by teaching guidance lessons focused on peer pressure resistance, goal setting, bullying, consequences of drug use, and decision making. I also worked closely with parents, teachers, and administration to help create an optimally supportive environment for my students.
During the first half of the 2010-2011 school year, my role in Islip Middle School involved teaching sixth grade health. This position gave me the opportunity to challenge myself and my students. As a Health Teacher I was able gain fuller insight into student learning styles and the daily experience of classroom teaching. Recently, I coordinated a school-wide awareness program on the hazards of tobacco use.
Prior to beginning at Islip Middle School, I worked at a major mental health service in Suffolk County as a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist. Specifically, I conducted an award-winning and research-based drug and alcohol prevention program called “Too Good for Drugs.” The program included classroom presentation and instruction aimed at developing critical thinking skills, healthy self-expression and communication, steps to decision-making, goal-setting, and student resistance to negative peer pressure. Students frequently sought out additional one-on-one discussion with me. My work also involved educational presentations and liaison with community mental health and substance prevention programs.
With my background and experience I believe I have developed an effective counseling style based on a candid, trusting, respectful relationship with students, and active collaboration with teachers, administrators and parents. I believe that student growth and development depends on these factors.