In the ever-evolving world of education, the traditional role of the guidance counselor has seen a dramatic shift. Gone are the days when the only time you would see your counselor would be when making decisions about your post-high school path, whether it would be college or career. Now, counselors play an important role in not only helping to shape a student’s academic outlook, but assist them in dealing with issues related to their social and emotional well-being.
In this episode, 9th grade counselors Mike McInerney and Colleen Demchak share the challenges that students are facing both inside and outside the classroom, the impact of social media on their jobs and interactions with students, and when to come down and seek the advice of a counselor. They also discuss why it is important to get involved in a club, activity, or sport; important events put on by the guidance department each year; and the best strategy on how to find the counseling suite.
So it’s time to take a deep breath, pull up a chair, and listen for some advice from Mr. McInerney and Mrs. Demchak.