Objective

Through life experiences and education, I have realized that my purpose is to positively impact the personal, emotional, social, academic and career development of children.  My passion is to find creative ways to promote a child's growth while exploring the unique experiences and relationships which have contributed to his/her current development.  The roles of a school counselor present excellent opportunities to provide much needed assistance, guidance and support to today's youth; I look forward to the personal and professional opportunities which lie ahead in my career as an instrumental school counselor. 

Work History

Work History
Aug 2013 - Present

School Counselor

Iredell-Statesville School  District - Mt. Mourne School, an IBO World School

 Provide middle school students a comprehensive school counseling program which promotes the highest level of student achievement through growth in academic, career and personal/social domains.  Through leadership, advocacy and collaboration, I promote equity and a safe learning environment for all students.  Develop, implement and promote a comprehensive school counseling program which addresses student needs and promote global citizenship through culturally relevant prevention and intervention strategies.  Emphasis placed on anti-bullying initiatives through student services (individual, group & school-wide) and parent awareness.  Comprehensive school counseling program includes direct (student planning & responsive services) and indirect (referrals & consultation) services.  Additional responsibilities include: 504 Coordinator, Truancy Representative, School Improvement Team member and Community Service Coordinator.

Oct 2012 - Jun 2013

School Counseling Intern

 Iredell-Statesville School District - Woodland Heights Elementary

Working collaboratively with school counselor, administration, teachers and other school personnel to effectively address the academic, social/emotional and career developmental needs of students at Woodland Heights Elementary (grades K-5).  Duties include: developing and implementing classroom guidance lessons, individual counseling, group counseling, assessments/appraisals, developing and conducting needs assessments, effective collaboration and consultation with stakeholders, developing relationships with key community resources for referral services, attending school district school counselor professional development meetings, and Spanish translation services.  35 hours per week (direct and indirect contact).  Internship completed June 7, 2013.

Aug 2006 - Jan 2010

Director of Purchasing and Merchandising

Phoenix Apparel & Manufacturing

Responsible for purchasing and marketing of apparel manufactured for sporting and athletic wear.  Company is a private, cut and sew operation with headquarters in the United States (North Carolina) and a manufacturing facility in the Dominican Republic.  Responsibilities highlighted bilingual skills through daily conversations with Spanish speaking employees in the Dominican Republic.  In addition, communication skills were effectively demonstrated in sourcing, negotiating, and processing vendor orders and customer contracts.  Developed skills in working with individuals of various cultural backgrounds. Position required frequent travel to key client accounts and to the Dominican Republic.

Sep 1996 - Feb 2001

Technical Support/Training/New Associate Mentor

Automatic Data Processing

Quickly advanced within the company and worked in several capacities.  Responsibilities included: providing training and technical support for associates who worked with clients having issues with payroll services software; special understanding of payroll laws, human resources initiatives and tax laws; and mentoring for new client services representatives.  Acting as a trainer, mentor and technical support specialist highlighted my communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills.

Education

Education
Apr 2010 - Jun 2013

Masters in School Counseling

Capella University

Graduated with GPA of 4.0. Presidential Scholar throughout program.  Coursework has focused on: human development, ethics, diversity/multicultural competence, guidance and counseling with children, group counseling, career development, comprehensive school counseling programs, special education, crisis intervention, research methodology, tests and measurements, and residency programs with extensive clinical role-plays and hands-on counseling experience.  Sr. Integrative project identified school counseling initiatives which promote the success of Latino students. 

Aug 1991 - Jun 1995

Bachelor of Arts

University of Georgia

Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.33.  Consecutive quarters of Dean's List honors as well as Presidential Scholar.  Inducted into Psi Chi (International Honor Society in Psychology). 

Throughout degree, I participated in numerous clinical trials and studies within the psychology department.  During my senior year, I volunteered extensively to help a graduate student complete her study of the effects of coping techniques during child immunizations.  In addition to rigorous coursework schedule for final two years of college, I worked as a volunteer at a mental health community center for adults.

Skills

Skills

Bilingual

Speak English (primary) and Spanish.  In addition to 13 years of Spanish education (including college courses), previous employment allowed me to speak daily with Spanish speaking individuals in the Dominican Republic. 

Membership

Member of ASCA (American School Counseling Association) - Jan. 2010 to present

Interest

My interests involve activities outdoors and spending time with my family.  I have two teen-age daughters, a wonderful husband and two dogs.  When schedule permits, we love to travel and expose our children to different cultures as well as incorporate our own country's history into family vacations. 

I maintain an active lifestyle and thoroughly enjoy running, swimming and biking. My love for sports carries over to my volunteerism with my daughters' sport programs (volunteer swim coach, soccer & volleyball).  Possibly the most rewarding volunteer position in my past was the head swim coach for a Special Olympics swim team.  I am also very involved with a local Young Life chapter (non-profit/non-denomination Christian organization for high school students). 

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Certifications

Certifications

Praxis II School Counseling Exam

North Carolina DPI Teacher Licensure/ETS

Master's Degree Coursework

References

References

Dr. Boen Nutting/Principal, Mt. Mourne School

Dr. Nutting is current principal and direct supervisor.  She can speak of my leadership, advocacy and counseling skills.  

Dr. Erin Poindexter/School Counselor

Dr. Poindexter is a school counselor at an elementary school where I volunteered extensively. She provided great direction and assistance during my Master's in School Counseling program.

Dr. Amanda Costin/Professor & Family Therapist

Dr. Costin was a professor (during Master's program) and has great insight to my academic strengths, counseling skills and personal character.

Dr. D.A. Erickson/Professor & Family Therapist

As a professor, Dr. Erickson knowledgeable of my academic and clinical capabilities.  As a faculty advisor, she can also attest to my personal qualities and character.