National School Counseling Week
It’s National School Counseling Week, and to celebrate, honor and thank our wonderful school counselors, we’re spotlighting them each day this week! Today, we’re featuring Danville High School Guidance Counselor Sarah Cantrell and Counselor Tracy Wright.
Sarah Cantrell got her master’s degree in school counseling after completing her undergraduate degree in education.
“I really loved working with students one-on-one, and helping with their social and emotional needs,” she said.
It’s her fifth year as a school counselor and her second year at DHS. She said what is unique about working with a high school age group is that they are so close to adulthood.
“I love that I can level with them, and that we can have really meaningful conversations,” she said. “High school students have a variety of needs, but I think the biggest challenge that they face is preparing to transition to life after high school. Academically things get tougher in high school too, so there is a lot of stress that comes along with that.”
She said she loves the variety in what she does as a school counselor.
“Some days can be really challenging and draining, and some days are very encouraging,” she said. “Generally, even on the hard days, I like to think that I am making a positive impact on student's lives. I really like watching students grow and learn, and it’s nice to be part of that journey. I also really like helping students figure out what they want to do after high school. That is one of my favorite aspects of school counseling.”
She said she loves that she is able to work with a diverse group of students working for Danville Independent Schools.
“Danville has been a very welcoming and encouraging community, and it has been a great place to continue growing as a school counselor,” she said.
She added, “Go ADS!”
Tracy Wright wanted to become a school counselor “to guide and encourage our youth in their future endeavors.”
She’s been a school counselor for 19 years, and this is her first year at DHS.
In her time counseling, she said, “Nothing surprises me anymore. Times have changed with technology but students' needs are still the same — they just want to be loved and heard.”
She loves to look forward with students as they think about their futures.
“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is providing each student with options for their future,” she said. “I like talking about college and career choices and helping them to navigate through the demanding senior year to see them graduate and be successful in whatever they decide to do.”
“Interacting with students is my favorite part of my job,” she said. “I really enjoy talking with them about their future goals and overcoming their fears.”
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