Motivated, enthusiastic school counselor with 11 years of experience specializing in mentoring students ranging from elementary to high school level both individually, and in small and large groups. Expert in explaining complicated program curriculum requirements to a diverse student population. Able to function well independently and in coordination with other academic staff members. Excellent ability to work with and build a positive rapport with a diverse population.
Effective time management and organizational planning
Adept at collecting, compiling, and interpreting data and reports
Exceptional problem solver
Ability to maintain accurate client records
Able to work independently and as a member of a team
Comfortable with diverse populations
Excellent relationship building skills
Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
School Counselor08/2015 to CurrentCypress Creek High SchoolOrlando, FL
Served as School Counselor for 500+ International Baccalaureate students each year.
Assist students in choosing a course of study aligned with their life, career, and educational goals, interests, and strengths.
Assist students and parents in the development of an education plan that includes all courses needed for the student to earn their International Baccalaureate Diploma. Works with students to develop an educational plan, review diploma requirements, and monitor successful program progress.
Assists in the recruitment of qualified students into the IB program. This includes helping students and parents understand the requirements and rigor of the program.
Counsel students in the college application process including financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
Provides developmental advising to students in individual and/or group settings, including course selection, college and career inventories, testing requirements, and educational, career, and life goals.
Provides students and parents with thorough details on the high school diploma and IB program as well as support services such as tutoring opportunities available to assist with their academic success
Works with the IB Coordinator, IB teachers, and administration to identify barriers within the program and offer solutions to help achieve student success.
Acted as partial IB coordinator from February 2016 until mid October 2016. Became the main point of contact for students, parents, and outside sources.
Attend meetings and trainings necessary for professional development and as a required by OCPS.
Wrote recommendations and completed school profile reports for senior International Baccalaureate students.
Responsible for creating and updating numerous school publications including the school profile.
Middle School Counselor-6th grade07/2013 to 07/2015Jackson Middle SchoolOrlando, FL
Develop and co-present guidance lessons on topics covered in Sean Coveys The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens with at-risk 8th graders.
Plan and implement registration for 5th graders as they began the transition into middle school
Teamed with teachers and other staff members to address student concerns
Presented to IB Middle Years program 6th graders on topics related to high school graduation requirements and college and career selection. Students completed an interest inventory and explored careers related to their interests
Coordinated with outside agencies to conduct required 6th grade hearing, vision, scoliosis, and BMI screenings
Collaborated with support staff on meeting the needs of special populations including ESOL, ESE, AVID, 504, and IB
Worked as a team with fellow counselors to showcase high achieving students in an annual night recognition event
Collaborated with fellow counselors to identify and provide support to students and families at risk deemed the Night of Success. Topics covered school avoidance, the importance of education for your future, attendance policy, and parenting tips for working with unmotivated students.
School Counselor11/2005 to 06/2013Judson B. Walker Middle SchoolOrlando, FL
Developed and implemented a school success group for struggling 6th graders addressing topics on organization, time management, behavior, test taking, study skills, self esteem and learning styles.
Participate in 504 IEP and Assistance Team meetings
Delivered an Anti-Bullying curriculum for grades 6 through 8 focusing on topics such as bullying
defined, conflict resolution, sexual harassment, school policy on reporting and discipline, role of the
internet in bullying, how to handle bullies, and alternative behaviors for bullies and victims.
Held orientation for new students and their parents, providing them with a schedule of classes and showing them
around the building
6th grade AVID Teacher/Counselor08/2011 to 06/2012Judson B Walker Middle SchoolOrlando, FL
Developed interesting course plans to meet academic, intellectual and social needs of students.
Routinely met with students' parents regarding in-class issues and learning interruptions to discuss solutions.
Used variety of teaching techniques to encourage student critical thinking and discussion such as socratic seminar and philosophical chairs.
Acted as part-time counselor to all AVID students grades 6-8 with academic, personal, and social counseling
Master of Science: School Counseling2005Stetson UniversityDeland, FL, United States
Member of Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology2000University of Central FloridaOrlando, FL, United States
Professional Teaching Certification Pk-12 Guidance and Counseling, 2005- present