FARMINGTON - One day might be spent helping a student deal with trouble at home such as divorce or dissention.
One day might be spent teaching classes on how to manage stress or deal with bullying.
School counselors face a daunting array of tasks as they help students manage the challenges and find the opportunities at school and in life.
“I love my job,” said Kellie Robb, a counselor at Centennial Junior High in Kaysville, who was recently named the Utah School Counseling Association Junior High School Counselor of the Year. “I feel very honored to be able to work with the kids and try to make a difference,” she said.
Robb was joined by two other Davis School District counselors in being recognized by the association this year.
Katrina Beddes, a counselor at Holt Elementary in Clearfield, was named Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the USCA and Linda Holmes, who recently retired from counseling at Northridge High, received an honorable mention in the category of high school counselor.
“In counseling, you’re dealing one-on-one with a student and you’re dealing with the whole child, all of their classes and all of their interests and whatever’s going on at home,” said Holmes. “It’s very exciting working with students and trying to help give them some direction.”
“You look at their goals for the future and if they don’t have any, you try to help them so that they do. You help them identify their strengths Р they already know their weaknesses,” added Holmes. “You’re trying to help them see what they can accomplish. You’re kind of their cheerleader.”
For more information check out the August 30 edition of Davis Clipper.