TBT Recollections of a High School Counselor:"Test Anxiety: Testing 1-2-3"

I had one of my senior student in my office yesterday who came in under the guise of changing her schedule for the upcoming semester. After making the change I noticed she was slow in leaving so I figured there must be another reason that she was there. Rather than coming right out and asking …

"Today, Let's Put the 'Thanks' Back Into Thanksgiving"

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”  ~Johannes A. Gaertner Thanksgiving Day. A day reserved to express our gratitude for all that we have and the lives that we lead. A day to count our blessings and thank God for providing …

"Fecal Matter Occurs: That's Life"

We are all familiar with the slang phrase “Shit Happens,” excrement or shit in this case referring to untimely, painful, unpleasant or troublesome occurrences we all deal with in our daily lives.  I’m not sure who actually coined the phrase but it is a pretty accurate description. For the record Forrest Gump was not the …

TBT Recollections of a High School Counselor: Good Teachers Teach All Students

I have to tell you, I was very disappointed a few weeks ago when a teacher I’ve known for some time and hold in high esteem as one of the good ones, proved otherwise. It was such a let down to learn that this teacher whose teaching style is excellent and whose praises I’ve sung on many …

TBT Recollections of a High School counselor: Oh What a Long Strange Trip its Been

For the last fifteen years I’ve prided myself on trying to be the best guidance counselor I could possibly be for my 9 -12 grade students at Azusa High School. For the most part I believe I’ve successfully done just that. I feel pretty good about the job I’ve done. Could I have done it …