Amy H

Amy H

Professional School Counselor


Plainview ISD

Milestones

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.
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Education

Education

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

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
Education
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Helping People
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

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."

First of all, I believe we are all motivated by different things. While money is something we all need, it is not the primary motivation for everyone. For me, the idea of working with students as a teacher was more important than the lower income. Secondly, regarding school counseling, I truly believe that you do what you prioritize. For me, it is a struggle to balance administrative tasks with truly working with students, but if I make it my priority I can find the balance.