As a high school counselor, my goal is to help students discover their potential. I worked in the “real world” for fifteen years before switching to school counseling and enjoy using that background to help students connect high school experiences to their post-high school life. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, my Master of Education from DePaul University, and my Master of Arts in Counseling from Western Michigan. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, hiking and spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to working with you this year!
I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with the students at Portland High School. In my role as a school counselor, I desire to support students such that they feel safe, accepted, and seen. Building relationships through empathy, respect, and authenticity contribute to that end. I want to honor the diversity among students, recognizing that each student’s path to success, perhaps even how success is defined, varies. Above all, I believe all students can learn. This belief will drive my effort to remove barriers to learning, whether those barriers exist on a personal, social, or academic level. My goal is to help students develop the academic, social, and employability skills they need to become responsible adults and lifelong learners in a global society.
I have an undergraduate degree in English and secondary education from Calvin College, a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duke University, and a master’s degree in school counseling from Grand Valley State University. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my two teenage daughters, reading, biking, and boating.