Keri Shields

Keri Shields

Academic Counselor


Crossings Christian School

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
First, I majored in Education because my mom told me that I was born a teacher.
I did my student teaching in a 10th grade classroom and loved it! I did get accepted to law school.
Then I decided to get into law school because I thought I wanted to be a lawyer.
Then I made the decision to not go to law school and get a master's degree in Education.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Eisenhower High School, Lawton, OK
undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
Northeastern State University
Career

Career

Academic Counselor

I encourage, guide, and arm high school students with the knowledge to be successful.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Writing
Writing
Working with Others
Working with Others

Day to Day

A great day at work is filled with lots of laughter! A student would enjoy their day with me because I enjoy what I do and enjoy others. Of course, I would return lots of emails from parents and college admissions officers. I would visit with teachers about students who may be needing encouragement or support in the classroom. They would see me smiling and visiting with other students and asking them if they've logged into Naviance, our college planning solution, or searched for scholarships.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Strong listening skills is important in my work! As an extroverted person, it is important for me to be able to stop, calm myself, and intently listen to what people are saying to me. Whether it's a student, a teacher, a fellow administrator, a parent, or a college admissions representative, my ability to carefully listen is essential. Also, being a cheerleader is an important skill that is not taught in school. Everyone knows they will get a cheerful, happy, and encouraging response from me.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Someone in college should seek out the perfect place for her/him to complete her/his graduate degree in Education and/or Counseling. I would also start substituting in a school system where the college student would like to work.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
graduate
Graduate
Education, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You were meant to be a lawyer or a CEO or something important!"

Once I was living on my own while doing my student teaching, I got away from all of the people discouraging me from being an educator. I realized that my mom was right! I was born to be a teacher. Now, as an Academic Counselor, I am a different kind of teacher. I get to work individually with students and share their highs and lows with them. Getting rid of the noise led me to a career that makes me happy and allows me to be my best me.