Thank You Pittsburg State University!

I was recently awarded the Pittsburg State University, College of Education Distinguished Service Award in administration. It was such an honor to be recognized by members of the College of Education whom I studied under and respect deeply for their guidance and leadership. I also appreciate the faculty and staff at Frontenac, USD #249 for nominating me for the award. It is a privilege to work with such an excellent faculty. What a pleasure to work in a field that I love and actually earn a living for it. I am truly blessed!
If you are interested, you can view the presentation here. My remarks are brief, but it is a window into my heart for school counseling and my students.
Looking for a place to study education or school counseling? PSU is the best!



“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1

I’m thankful for so many reasons this year. My list includes my family, my friends, my faith, and my job.

I had a particularly rewarding experience at work this week when I delivered groceries to a few families in our community. Thanks to the Alter Society that generously gives to our fund, we were able to give Thanksgiving meals to a few families who have children in our school district. I was responsible for making the deliveries this year, and I’m so glad for it. Parents were so relieved that they would be able to cook a special meal for their kids this Thanksgiving. Some even said that they had guests coming to dinner and they didn’t know how they were going to feed everyone. It was a fishes and loaves kind of moment.

In having the privilege of delivering those food baskets I was blessed so much. I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve.

Self Care

As a school counselor I know that when I take a little time to care for myself I’m better able to care for others.  It’s a pretty simple concept, but not always so easy to implement.  We get busy.  There is a to do list–or multiple to do lists–and we get pushed to the bottom.  Well, today I took time to have breakfast with my friend, Molly, and then we got our nails done.  Now, this is something that I seldom take the time or money to do.  But after just a couple of hours away I feel refreshed.  I am meeting the challenges of the day with a smile.  Make sure that every once in a while you take the time to do something that makes you feel special.  Not only will you benefit from it, but the people in your life will benefit from it as well.