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By Ruth Ramirez/FHS Correspondent—
FLOYDADA— All around the world we take a time out of the week to appreciate our counselors for all that they do.
National School Counseling Week is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and is celebrated from February 3rd to February 7th. The ASCA highlights the stupendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
Becoming a school counselor has many obstacles, such as holding a Master’s degree in counseling and completing 37-48 credits in a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved institution. Applicants must also apply for a school counselor’s license.
Kristi Rehkopf and Nikki Smith are both West Texas A&M alumni and counselors at FHS and FJHS.
Mrs. Rehkopf has been counseling for 12 years at Floydada ISD and overall has been an educator for 15 years. “Growing up as a first-generation student I knew firsthand how scary, confusing, and overwhelming the college/career process could be. I knew my passion was to help people, however I wasn’t sure in what capacity. After changing my degree plan several times, I finally realized my way of helping others was through school counseling. As a school counselor, not only could I help students work through social/emotional issues, I could also help them explore different college and career options, apply to college, fill out scholarships, search job opportunities and get ready for life after high school, This year wraps up my 12th year as a high school counselor and I find I love my job more and more each day” she told social media Facebook page, Floydada Independent School District.
Mrs. Smith has been a counselor for 17 years and is going on her 20th in the overall school system. She is the counselor for Floydada Junior High. Mrs. Smith made a comment to the FISD Facebook page “I wanted to help students know that no matter the challenges in life there are solutions to every obstacle. I sure love the students at FISD.”
School counselors are one of the many educators that play an enormous role in students’ lives and they truth do live up to the counselor’s saying “Helping Build Better Humans.”