They guide, they advise, they advocate and they make a positive impact on countless students each year. School counselors are a crucial for student success at Marshalltown Schools, and they are being celebrated during National School Counseling Week.
Counselors offer different services at each academic level, from helping meet elementary students’ developmental needs to guiding high school students toward a rewarding post-secondary path.
MCSD school counselors discussed why they love their careers this week. Check out what they had to say below:
“I wanted to become a school counselor because I have a passion for helping and working with kids. I love encouraging students to see the value in themselves and what they are capable of by supporting their academic, career and social/emotional development. I enjoy the fact that I am able to build relationships with all of our students, families, and staff members. Being a school counselor is a very rewarding experience and I love what I do.”
– Heidi Williams, Woodbury Elementary School
“I enjoy helping and watching students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. I take pride in helping students through tough situations. I also enjoy working with students as they plan out their future high school schedules and begin to look at future careers. I am blessed to work with great students, staff, and parents.” – John Augustine, Miller Middle School
“I love being a school counselor because each day I have an opportunity to share in the educational journey with our students in the district. Part of education is learning how to respond to life’s challenges. As a school counselor, I get to work with students and their families to discover their gifts and talents and to help them build the skills to be successful throughout their lives. ”
– Karen Mussig, Lenihan Intermediate
“Each and every day, I am honored and humbled with the trust that our students put into us as school counselors. Marshalltown High School students are intelligent, kind, resilient and brave. It is a privilege to serve them, and they are what motivates me on a daily basis!
– Meri Edel, Marshalltown High School
“I love being a school counselor because of the connections I get to make with my students. Every day I have an opportunity to nurture hearts and inspire growth in my students so they can build dreams and reach their full potential. The most rewarding part of my career is being able to have a positive impact on the lives of students and celebrating their success.”
– Valerie Corson, Marshalltown High School
The district’s counselors were recognized at this week’s Marshalltown School Board meeting. District Human Resources Director Dr. Nora Ryan read a proclamation declaring this week National School Counseling Week.
For more information about National School Counseling week and to learn more about what benefits counselors bring to students, click here.