Counselor/Teacher, 01/2012 to Current United Middle School – Laredo, TX
Supervised individuals in small group atmosphere to cultivate safety, independence and structure.
Provided guidance and advice to help cultivate self-esteem and community involvement.
Provided individual counseling services to over [Number] high school and middle school students with adjustment issues and partnered to facilitate weekly support groups.
Connected clients with community service and resource agencies.
Maintained positive relationships with students, faculty, alumni and administration.
Identified and addressed concerns of incoming students and parents.
Used data to monitor students' progress and recommend solutions for improvement.
Provided crisis intervention in response to emergencies, employing existing trust and rapport to deescalate situations.
Maintained excellent attendance record, consistently arriving to work on time.
TEACHER 6TH GRADE READING, 01/2011 to 01/2012 United Middle School – Laredo, TX
Collaborated in the identification of department goals and objectives •Held individual teacher/team conferences to assure continuous instructional improvement for student success •Collaborated with campus administration on the administration of all state mandated tests •Attended in-service training sessions as required •Performed other duties as assigned.
Administered assessments and standardized tests to evaluate student progress.
Employed visual and auditory approaches to make lessons more interesting and interactive for students.
Completed in-service and additional training to maintain professional growth.
Cultivated relationships with parents for complete support network.
Prepared and implemented lesson plans covering required course topics.
Built learning and citizenship skills to help with personal growth in addition to increasing academic knowledge.
Utilized multimedia strategies and technology to convey information in fresh and interesting ways.
Led interesting and diverse group activities to engage students in course material.
Kept classroom organized, clean, and safe for all students and visitors.
COUNSELOR, 07/2011 to 09/2011 Laredo Job Corps Center – Laredo, TX
Provide a comprehensive counseling program for middle school students
•Consult with teachers, parents and staff to enhance their effectiveness in helping students; and provide support to other middle school educational programs
•Implement the middle school guidance curriculum through delivery of classroom units and infusion in content areas
•Guide individuals and groups of students through the development of educational and career plans
•Counsel individuals and small groups of students towards social and emotional growth
•Consult with and train teachers, parents and staff regarding needs of middle school students
•Refer students with problems and their parents to special programs, specialists and outside agencies
•Participate in, coordinate and conduct activities that contribute to the effective operation of the counseling program
•Participate in and facilitate the intervention team process
•Plan and evaluate the counseling program
•Pursue continuous professional growth
•Perform other duties as assigned, Responsible for counseling students in all aspects of Center life; e.g., personal and social development, vocational and educational training
•Participated in joint sessions with resident advisors and the Center's mental health consultant
•Co-facilitated small group sessions as necessary
•Participated in Student Leadership Training Program
•Attended in-service training sessions as required
•Performed other duties as assigned.
COUNSELOR/TEACHER, 01/1998 to 01/2011 St. Augustine High School – Laredo, TX
Created a guidance curriculum to help students develop their full educational potential, including, but not limited to student's interests and career objectives
•Intervened on behalf of any student whose immediate personal concerns or problems put the student's educational, career, personal or social development at risk
•Supported efforts of teachers, staff, parents, and other members of the community in promoting the educational, career, personal, and social development of students
•Conducted individual/small group counseling
•Coordinated Community services
•Improved student personal growth and social development
•Assisted students in academic and career planning and crisis management
•New student registration
•Special education confidential documentation
•Coordinated Grade level meetings
•ARD meetings representative
•Coordinate Red Ribbon Week
•8th grader of the month coordinator
•Conducted parent Conferences
•Pursue continuous professional growth and development
•Assisted students in obtaining college and career information
•Maintained cooperative working relationship with community agencies
•Created atmosphere where students felt confidence, understanding, and respect
•Maintained positive working relationships
•Assumed other duties assigned by administrators.
MA: 2007 Texas A&M International University - Laredo, TX
B.A: Psychology, 1997 Texas A&M International University - Laredo, TX
Certification in School Counseling and Certification in Secondary Reading
•Certification in Texas Driver Education
•Past member, Border Counseling Association: 1992 United High School - Laredo, TX