What college(s) did you attend, and what are some of your previous jobs?
Missouri State University for a Bachelors in psychology, and Lindenwood University for a Masters in counseling. Most recently, I was the school counselor at Miriam Academy, a private independent school that supports unique learners by focusing on students’ strengths and providing individualized services. I also worked at UCP Heartland as the Director of Day and Family Supports, managing a respite home and day program that support individuals with disabilities.
What made you want to work at Lafayette?
Rockwood School District is a dream for most educators and counselors. It has a strong mission, supportive administration, and dedicated faculty. It was also very important to me to find a school with a strong counseling team, since I was a solo counselor at my previous employment.
Why did you want to get into the educational field?
It can be challenging to navigate the world as a teenager. Often times, we adults, forget about the struggles teens face and the lasting impact these events can have on their futures. I became a counselor to help adolescents learn how to navigate challenges and empower them to make decisions about their lives.
What are you most looking forward to this school year?
I am most looking forward to meeting the students. I can’t wait to learn and see all of the fun things they are doing inside and outside of the classroom: improv, band, sports, Student Council, ROTC, ceramics, photo editing, the list is endless.
If you could teach any other subject or do any other job in the school, what would it be?
I would enjoy coaching a sport such as basketball.