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#SDSUSCFellows- John Johnson

What inspired you to want to become a school counselor? I grew up in a small city on the other side of Michigan called Muskegon Heights. I remember going through the process of trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life. Pretty much everybody in my community worked in a factory. My […]

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#SDSUSCFellows- Emily Johnson

What inspired you to want to become a school counselor? I started out as a teacher where I taught English for two years. I had a lot of reasons why I left teaching but one reason was because I enjoyed having a connection with kids but hated that kids would confide in me and tell […]

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#SDSUSCFellows- Kimberly Twarowski

What is the biggest challenge you faced in your own educational journey? After I received my Master’s degree in Florida, I moved back to Michigan, where it was required that counselors have a teaching degree. I did not have that so I returned to school to obtain my teaching certificate. Two years after I graduated, […]

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#SDSUSCFellows- Stacey Hickman-Jackson

If you could go back and visit your elementary, middle, and or high school counselor, what would you tell them?  I don’t have much to say to my high school counselor as I didn’t have any rapport with her, but I did have a teacher in middle school who was very supportive and ironically she […]

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#SDSUSCFellows- Rayme Martineau

If you could go back and visit your elementary, middle, and or high school counselor, what would you tell them?  I didn’t have an elementary or middle school counselor because I attended rural schools. I did have a high school counselor and I think I would like to tell them to take the time to […]

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#SDSUSCFellows- Ruby Griggs

What inspired you to want to become a school counselor?Education is powerful. It opened a lot of opportunities for me. I liked school growing up and it was something that I was good at. When I went to college, it opened my eyes to social injustices. I grew up in homogenous, White, rural communities and […]

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#SDSUSCFellows- Rakiba Mitchell

What is the biggest challenge you faced in your own educational journey? My biggest challenge was in undergrad. There was a teacher who would not allow me to do my lessons which presented some roadblocks. I noticed that my fellow cohort members didn’t have the same issues. As a result, I ended up having to […]

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#SDSUSCFellows- Stephanie Patrzik

What inspired you to want to become a school counselor? I went into the profession of teaching and started my work with elementary students. I quickly realized that the things happening outside of school were having a direct impact on the classroom, impeding what I was trying to teach them. I spent my first six […]

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#SDSUSCFellows- Cathy Longstreet

What is one thing you would tell your younger student self now? Take more time looking into different career options. Talk to people who are working in the career area in which you are interested. My dad was a physician and for some reason he always pushed me to look at medicine, but I never […]

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#SDSUSCFellows- Rebekah Ward

What inspired you to become a school counselor? I was inspired to become a school counselor because it just felt like that’s where my role in education was taking me. I had been in the classroom for about 10 years. I had already gotten a Masters in curriculum because I thought that’s what I wanted […]