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Cathy Havins

Cathy Havins

Fort Stockton ISD

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Cathy's work combines: Education, Law, and Problem Solving

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Day In The Life

Lead Academic Counselor Fort Stockton High School

I advise and guide students in academics, college, career, graduation plans, goals, and more for the present and future.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Fort Stockton High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    Southern Methodist University

  • Graduate Degree

    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

    Sul Ross State University

  • Certification

    Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

    Sul Ross State University

  • Vocational

    Retail Management

    Southern Methodist University

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Art/Art Studies, General

    Southern Methodist University

  • Graduate Degree

    Secondary School Administration/Principalship

    Sul Ross State University

  • Certification

    Interior Design

    American Institute of Interior Design

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

Bachelor's Degree: Accounting

Graduate Degree: Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

Certification: Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Vocational: Retail Management

Bachelor's Degree: Art/Art Studies, General

Graduate Degree: Secondary School Administration/Principalship

Certification: Interior Design

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    Graduated from College with a business degree, worked in that area.

  • 2.

    Used accounting degree plus art working in two areas - accounting and retail (gift store)

  • 3.

    Retail stores plus owned Interior design company.

  • 4.

    Returned to college to complete teacher certification while working my company and store. Only took 1 year.

  • 5.

    Hired as Reading and Art Teacher at Middle School while still owning/working Interior design business.

  • 6.

    Returned to college for Masters in Counseling to become a counselor. Became Middle School Counselor. Sold my business.

  • 7.

    Completed Principalship certification. Became High School Counselor.

  • 8.

    Raised 3 children during the process.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    Girls aren't accountants. Art doesn't pay. Why did you change from accounting career to interior design and retail? Why did you go into education when you were successful in interior design and retail areas? You are not a real counselor.

  • How I responded:

    I have learned to not take discouraging words personally through the years. With social media so negative and easy to access, it seems much easier for people to be negative and judgmental about others. Words may hurt but I try to remember that others may be having life issues life, too. It's easy to coach from the stands and complain but not so easy when you are coaching the game trying to get the best out of others. I have learned to enter the school building each day with renewed hope.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • My hurdles are my hurdles.