Upper School Guidance
Arborbrook provides personal academic advising for students from the beginning of their experience at Arborbrook through graduation. The counselor will provide assistance in selecting classes and will help the student stay on track to meet graduation requirements.
Freshmen meet with the counselor as a group twice a year. Then, beginning in Sophomore year, students meet individually with the counselor every year to plan and prepare for their academic journey beyond high school. Junior year, students are required to take Junior Seminar which is a classed dedicated to assess personality, strengths and values, explore career options, learn how to search for and prepare for college, write a resume and more! College Night is also held in the fall for Juniors and their parents to prepare for the college admissions process.
One of the roles of the school psychologist is to provide counseling services from a biblical perspective. Through these services, we hope to offer a greater level of care to students needing emotional support. Students are encouraged to utilize this resource during appropriate times (e.g., lunch, study hall). A student may also schedule an individual appointment with the school psychologist to talk about emotional, spiritual, academic or social concerns in a confidential setting. If ongoing counseling services are required, the school psychologist may consult with parents regarding mental health resources outside of the school.
With a B.A. from The Ohio State University and more than a decade of work experience in the fields of development, marketing and communications, I found my true calling in education. After finding Arborbrook for my children, I served in a variety of volunteer roles at the school and was hired as Interim Head of High School during a transition in 2010-2011. I loved the experience so much I became a teacher, teaching high school History and Bible and finally landing as the Upper School Guidance Counselor in 2019. I have a passion for helping students find their calling and know firsthand that on a journey, a road can take many turns and no part of the experience is wasted. I am continually growing in my own education and love to spur the kids on in theirs!
In 2015, I graduated from Anderson University with my Bachelors of Science in multicategorical special education. I taught for several years, and I greatly enjoyed pouring into the lives of my students. In 2019, God called me to return to graduate school with a mission to equip myself so I could provide support to a greater number of students. Between 2019 and 2022, I completed my Master of Science and Specialist degrees in School Psychology and a year-long supervised internship in a local school district. As a school psychologist, God is using me to help children fulfill their God-made design and to equip others, including teachers and families, to do the same. My heart is broken whenever I hear a discouraged educator or parent who simply does not know what to do to help a struggling child. Sometimes, they have the skills to figure out a solution, but they do not have the time or resources to devote to the problem. I hope to be a resource – a support – in situations like these so that every student experiences success and no student is given up on.