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Professional Counselor, with long-term, in-depth experience in Student/Family Counseling, seeking assignment as Nursing Home Administrator-in-Training, Assistant Principal/School Administrator or School Counselor
Educational Administration ~ Interpersonal Relationship Development ~ Student Issue/Situation Resolution Approaches ~ Critical Thinking ~ Effective Listening ~ Problem/Issue Mitigation and Remediation ~ Process Improvement Development ~ Multitasking ~ Task Prioritization ~ Meet/Exceed Goals
Over seven years of career background and broad-based experience developed while providing counseling and advisement for students concerning dealing with personal issues and placing emphasis on identifying and utilizing individual abilities and strengths to attain personal, vocational and educational goals
Developed and facilitated numerous well-received orientation programs/group conferences designed to promote adjustment of individuals to new life experiences; led vocational/educational guidance classes and employed strong communicative and platform/presentation skills in working with various community groups and faculty members
Spearheaded successful adult education activities by structuring classes and developing goals that aligned with varying levels of student capabilities and learning styles; also utilized innovative lecture methodologies and strategies/techniques to ensure engagement in coursework of individuals with below-average abilities
Knowledgeable in utilization of Odysseyware, teaching Common Core skills and working with instructors in implementing and maximizing technology-based online program in support of students mastering specific goals/concepts
Highly experienced in program leadership/management within the public arena and serving as mediator/negotiator to provide sensitive, inclusive dispute resolution; well-versed in multiple aspects of drug/alcohol education, anger management, prevention of student drop-out, assisting with future planning and goal setting and assuring clear communication among multiple entities
Odysseyware Curriculum Instructor, Lower Yukon School District, Emmonak, AK 2013 Present
Utilize technology-based online program to teach Common Core assessment and remediation; diagnostic tool software supports mastery of Common Core skills and developing skills in bridging various gaps, with goal of students gaining one skill per weekly lesson while gaining vocabulary skills/strengths in preparation for state achievement tests.
Place emphasis on teaching of core subjects, i.e. social studies, history, mathematics, language arts and science as well as other electives; customize courses to align with student needs, assure classroom environment that supports learning, carefully monitor student progress, grade/evaluate student work and assure clear communication of positives and negatives, with a focus on continual improvement.
Director of Clinical Department / School Counselor, Lower Yukon School District, Emmonak, AK 2011 - Present
Successfully provide insightful counsel/advisement to students, assisting with identifying and dealing with multiple personal and social issues while focusing on educational/vocational objectives.
Assess various data regarding students abilities, interests and personal characteristics to assist with counseling/advisement activities and design/facilitate various orientation programs and conferences to help youngsters in making needed adjustments.
Expertly teach vocational and educational guidance classes and conduct presentations to community groups as well as colleagues that are designed to clarify/explain various counseling services offered; also gained expertise in occupational, educational and economic areas/issues to be able to knowledgeably discuss options and opportunities available for students.
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Adult Basic Education Administrator, Kuskokwim Campus, Bethel, AK 2011 2013
Designed coursework, classes and multiple activities to meet needs of students and accommodate array of fitness levels and learning styles; carefully observed students to gain insight into specific interests, backgrounds and maturity levels, among other areas.
Skillfully taught diverse adult student body, developing goals as well as array of lecture techniques and teaching strategies; prepared individualized study materials that specifically addressed needs of students with below-average capabilities.
Presented program promotional briefings to students, instructors and individuals from community at large as well as local high schools.
Program Director, Henderson County School District, Henderson, KY 2008 2011
Regularly interfaced with members of local community and was continually called upon to use professionalism as well as sensitivity while serving mediator/negotiator in resolving various disputes; areas of specialization included drug/alcohol education, anger management, drop-out prevention, future planning and developing/employing multiple effective communication methodologies, strategies and techniques.
Steered various areas of outreach/crisis intervention, assisted clients in accessing multiple available community resources, performed outreach and home visits for project participants and utilized communicative strengths in conducting presentations to social service agencies to introduce various programs.
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal relationship development capabilities in establishing exceptional rapport with individuals across the age/gender/cultural spectrum and continually provided supportive assistance to low-income families also dealing with multiple psychosocial issues, often serving in an advocate/liaison role with appropriate agencies to gain additional assistance.
Counselor, Private Practice, Evansville, IN 2008 2011
In this concurrent role provided insightful counseling/therapies for adolescents in a group setting; developed atmosphere that encouraged individuals to gain insight, identify and resolve problems and learn to think independently.
Worked closely with parents during multiple conference sessions, administered array of tests, assigned and graded homework and attentively listened to student presentations.
Provided continual support for clients in completing daily assigned duties, designed various bulletin boards and other creative/informational wall displays and assisted with use of computer programs/applications while developing skills in using technology; also supervised all field trip activities.
Murray State University, Murray, KY, Master of Arts, Education School Counseling, 2009
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, Master of Science, Rehabilitation Administration & Services, 2008
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, Bachelor of Arts, Administration of Justice, 1997
John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL, Associate of Arts, Criminal Law, 1994
Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL, Associate of Arts, Introduction to Law, 1993
Western Governors University, M.S., Educational Leadership; expected July 2016
Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AK
Peak Performance Training, 2016, PBIS Training, 2015, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports
Distance Learning Programs, 2012
NST Leadership and Management for Women, 2011-Present
American Counseling Association (ACA), 2008-Present
American School Counselor Association (ASCA), 2008-Present
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