Next Step Magazine Super Counselor Contest — September '07 winner

Next Step Magazine Super Counselor Contest — September '07 winner Super counselor: Karen Meadows, school counselor at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Fla.

Nominator: Student Amanda Cravens

“I have been planning my life since I was 8,” says Amanda Cravens, a student at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Fla. “When I met Mrs. Meadows, I told her about what I wanted to do with my life and what colleges I was looking at. She knew everything I needed to do to get myself there. She has helped me shape my future.”

Karen Meadows is Next Step Magazine’s newest Super Counselor, for which students nominate their school counselors for recognition.

Amanda says it is her counselor’s helpful and caring personality that sets her apart. “If I need help in a class, or I am having problems with a teacher or student, she is there for me,” Amanda says. “I can tell her anything.”

Here’s our Super Counselor herself!

Q: Why did you go into school counseling?
A: I went into school counseling to help students achieve their true potential. I strive to help them see their strengths and develop their true interests and talents. I have been a counselor at each level of education, and all levels have been rewarding.

Q: What’s the best part about your job?
A: The best part of my job is being a part of my students’ lives. I feel so fortunate to share in their lives, and I appreciate that they come to me for guidance in academic and personal matters.

Q: What’s the most challenging part?
A: The most challenging part of my job is staying current with all the academic information that is required to counsel students for their future postsecondary plans. There are so many great opportunities for students, and I don't want anyone to miss something that would really help them accomplish their goals.

Q: Any quotes you aim to live by?
A: One of my favorite quotes is, “Follow your heart and dreams and anything is possible.”

Q: Any advice for other counselors?
A: My advice for other counselors would be: Keep things in perspective and remember how much influence we can have over a student's life. We can be the “change agent” in anyone's life if we consider a person's feelings first of all and value them as a person who can make a difference in our world.

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