School counselor advocates continuing education advice before high school

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By Diamond Henry
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — At the Nov. 9 DeWitt Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting, Herbison Woods Elementary School counselor Teri Severy discussed her attendance at the Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising conference, held in Florida.

“It was one of the most exciting things I’ve done in my professional life,” said Severy, discussing her trip.

The program’s goal is to try to prepare school counselors to help kids figure out different ways they can continue their education, be it a four-year university or a trade program.

“I think many of us have changed careers or added into our careers, educators included, but we want to expose students to career and college opportunities,” said Severy.

At the conference as described by Severy, counselors were split into teams and discussed matters concerning counselors and how to solve them.

“My team and I were all in agreement that kids just don’t get to 9th grade and drop right into college preparedness,” Severy said.

Severy and her team believes that career exploration begins in kindergarten and doesn’t stop there and counselors should be there to guide and support them along the way.

“We want to have kids understand the financial responsibility they are taking on when they do pursue post-secondary education and find them different ways, in partnership with the students, to fund their college education,” Severy said.

Severy is starting to get a jump on things immediately.

“I came home with a list of things that I need to do, so when we meet as a team, we can develop the metrics to move forward,” said Severy.

“I understand my goal. We’ve got so much to learn and so much to do,” Severy said.

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