This week is “National School Counseling Week.” The theme for this week is “Helping Students Realize their Potential.” #NSCW17
“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds” Mexican Proverb
“Quisieron enterrarnos, pero se les olvido que somos semillas.” Mexican Proverb
Education! We all come into the field of education for different reasons. Many people at a young age know that they were made to teach, counsel and others say they were born to lead. Whichever the case may be, school has been the one constant for all children and some children enter school as young as three-years-old. I believe in the field of education because it is the one place, other than home, that we as educators have the greatest impact on a child’s development. My philosophy is that all children can and will learn, and all children can and will be successful academically and in life.
As school counselors, we have the most important role and many times a more impacting role on a child’s life to shape a child’s mind, thoughts, and behaviors. When children enter school for the first time, many enter with a story and a dream. Each story a child enters with is unique to them and separates them from others. Economical resources may vary but it is the quest to satisfy a dream through the world of education that unites all students. As school counselors, I believe it is our duty to help each student understand that their story builds their character even when they can’t see the potential that illuminates them. We all need to be willing to help each child reach beyond their dream so one day they can say they had the opportunity to achieve their dreams through receiving an education.
Many often do not fully understand our role as school counselors in education. However, I often state that “I have the best job in the world!” My daily duties and responsibilities are to be a dream maker and a life changer. I have the role and responsibility to help each student not only graduate high school, but to help them make their academic/career dream a reality. I get to be part of each student’s story when a student answers the common question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Every time that I ask this question, I learn a little more about each student to build our relationship and help them reach that dream. As school counselors, we hold the ability to inspire each student to achieve by the power of our words, our actions and our encouragement to transform a student’s educational experience. My most memorable statement from a student was when he received his letter of acceptance to college and he said, “Ms. Estrella, you have changed my life forever!” I love being a school counselor because every day I get to plant seeds.
Elvia Estrella is currently a counselor at San Ysidro Learning Center and is currently the president of Sweetwater Counseling and guidance associations (SCGA).