It's hard to believe that were in the 2016/17 school year!
Welcome back CENTAURS and a big WELCOME to class of '2020'! My caseload of students and families that I work closely with include the last names: (Hodge - Miyamoto).
I am looking forward to another exciting and productive year and will slowly begin the process of saying farewell to the class of '2017.' June 9th, 2017, (graduation day) will be here quickly.
This year is special for me because it marks my *10th year* serving as a School Counselor. If I could change my career, I would remain a counselor. Each student is different and has their own story, and it's great building relationshps with them. I also LOVE preparing students for life after high school! For this reason, my counseling philosophy is to provide a holistic and proactive service that helps students Find, Pursue and Communicate their PASSIONS by focusing on the three CCC’s:
Having a strong background in College Counseling and being an active member in the Counseling profession, both at the local and national levels, I absolutely LOVE what I do in my role as a School Counselor! And while I continually stay current with the latest data and trends as it relates to college admissions, college and career preparedness and adolescent development, I find that I learn a great deal from my students. I am encouraged to share my knowledge and expertise with students, families and even those who are preparing to become independent college counselors (ICC's).
As a fifth year veteran of reading college applications for UCLA undergraduates as well as teaching in the College Counseling Certification Program through UCLA Extension, this has allowed me to better assist and guide students and families through the college planning and application process. Volunteering and serving on committee leadership teams for professional organizations such as: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) reminds me of the importance and impact of my role to share, guide and provide access to information to ALL students and families.
I hold Bachelor's of Science degrees in Psychology and Ethnic Studies from Cal-Poly Pomona University (go Bronco's..!) and my Master's degree in Educational Counseling from the University of La Verne.
And finally, on a personal note, I love spending time with loved ones and my family which consists of my husband and two children: James (4yrs old), and Langston (7 months). I enjoy traveling locally and abroad, cooking, dining out, playing board games, staying fit (when I make the time for it) - hey, I'm a work 'in progress.' Students and parents/guardians, feel free to contact me via phone or email or make an appointment to see me. I look forward to speaking with you!
~Cheers to a healthy, productive, and engaging 2016/17 school year!