National School Counseling Week

Did you know that it is National School Counseling Week? Here at Northwood Local Schools we have the privilege of having not one, but two amazing school counselors. IMG_3044Mrs. Ellen Welker spends her days traveling between the elementary building and the high school building as she serves students through their eighth grade year. Mrs. Welker has been a school counselor for almost 20 years. She has worked in several districts in the area and has learned something new from each experience. She believes that these combined experiences have helped her to be more proactive for students. Before becoming a counselor, Mrs. Welker taught seventh and eighth grade for three years. She then became a graduate assistant at Bowling Green State University while taking classes to become a school counselor. Mrs. Welker stated that the most challenging part of her job is doing her best to be there for students and to help them feel safe and cared for. She stated, “I am so grateful to all the teachers who let me know when they see a student in need, especially since I work with students that are in two different buildings.” When asked what she finds most rewarding about her position, she stated, “I find it is very rewarding when you see a student work through a situation and they are happy with how things have turned out. Knowing that they can make a positive change in their own lives is really great to see!”

 

IMG_3042Mrs. Michelle Reid has been the school counselor for grades 9-12 for eight years. Prior to this position, she worked in an outpatient mental health agency and as a clinical therapist for about 10 years. When asked about the most challenging part of her position, Mrs. Reid said that it is when she sees students who do not recognize their full potential. She explained that it is hard to see kids struggle, whether or not it has something to do with academics or issues occurring outside of school. She added, “If, in any way, I can be of help to them during that time, that is the most important thing I do throughout the year. It’s a real privilege to be a part of their journey.” Mrs. Reid finds the most rewarding part of her job to be seeing the amazing amount of growth and change that students make over their four years in high school. She expressed, “many times it is a true transformation and it is a real gift to be able to be even the slightest part of that change.”

 

Both counselors expressed their gratitude in being part of of the Northwood educational community. Mrs. Welker stated that she loves working with everyone at NLS. She added that Northwood is great due to the many caring and compassionate people at all levels. Mrs. Reid added that she is proud to be part of a district that includes awesome students, parents, staff, and community members. She added, “Each are equally important in making this school one that is so special to me. I am beyond fortunate to be able to have a job that I look forward to coming to each and every day.”

 

When asked what they appreciate most about our school counselors, our Rangers expressed the abundance of support provided for them by Mrs. Welker and Mrs. Reid. One freshman stated that our counselors are “Helpful, kind, understanding, and non-accusing.” Another freshman expressed appreciation for the counselors, stating that it is assuring knowing that if help is ever needed, our counselors are always there. A fellow freshman agreed that the counselors are always friendly and helpful. One senior explained, “I appreciate how both of them seriously care about how well you are doing in school and want you to be the best. Mrs. Reid has been very helpful in helping me choose colleges.” One final senior said it best, “I appreciate the time and effort that our counselors put into their jobs, although they don’t see them as ‘jobs.’ They put the students’ needs before theirs in order to do what’s best for us. It’s truly amazing to experience such care from a faculty member. They always make me feel secure. Thanks for everything Mrs. Reid and Mrs. Welker!”

 

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