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Director of School Counseling Ms. O’Dea wants to try and offer another “layer of support for students.”

May 12, 2023


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Director of School Counseling, Ms. O’Dea, wants students to “believe in themselves and reach goals that they work hard to achieve,” O’Dea said.

Director of School Counseling Maureen O’Dea thinks school counselors are another “layer of support for students.”

Students have friends and family they can communicate with, but at Lancer Nation they have an extra support system. 

“School Counselors have to fight the past stereotypes of bad guidance counselors,” O’Dea said.

Trying to fight the stereotypes is a difficult challenge for the counselors, but they do it for the students to help find and “build a relationship” with them.

“The best part for me is watching the students grow and meet their potential,” O’Dea said.

As students transform from 9th-12th grade, O’Dea’s favorite part is finally getting that chance to see them grow as a student and as a person. 

“Students believe in themselves and reach goals that they work hard to achieve,” O’Dea said. “Something that has been a struggle for them.”

“We all [counselors] came from different places,” Mitchell said “But we all came for the same reason, to work with students.”

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