Amy H

Amy H

Professional School Counselor


Plainview ISD

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I changed colleges after my freshman year, and didn't declare a major until the end of my 2nd year in college.
I started out as a teacher and assistant basketball coach for the first 5 years of my career.
For the next 5 years, I was a head girls' basketball coach in 2 different schools.
Through my coaching experience, I found what I was best at was loving kids, and I began to realize I wanted to be a school counselor.
I came back to my original district where I taught economics and was the lead assistant basketball coach for 6 years.
During this time, I decided to pursue my Masters in School Counseling.
When I received my Masters, there were no counseling jobs in my district, so I actually commuted to a middle school in Lubbock for my first year as a school counselor.
After that year, my original district created a position focused on college/career counseling, and I am currently in my 4th year in that position.

Education

High School
Plainview High School
Bachelor
Social Studies Teacher Education
West Texas A & M University
Graduate
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Lamar University

Career

Professional School Counselor

I primarily work with students to plan for high school in 8th grade and to plan for after high school in 12th grade.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Entrepreneurship
Helping People

Day to Day

There is no "typical" day for a school counselor. Each day brings new adventures and experiences. There are days when it is a lot of administrative work, but there are other days when I get to help students with college/career advice, goal-setting, career exploration, problem-solving, social/emotional issues, etc......

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

To be successful as a school counselor, you need to love students, be very organized, be able to multi-task, work as a team member and take care of yourself.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

First, you need to make a postsecondary plan - Where are you going to college. A teacher requires a Bachelors degree, and a school counselor requires a Masters degree with a minimum of 2 years teaching experience.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Social Studies Teacher Education
graduate
Graduate
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"I heard that I shouldn't become a teacher because the pay isn't great. Then I heard I shouldn't become a school counselor because they don't really do any counseling."