Rosa  Cruz

Rosa Cruz

School Counselor


Los Fresnos CISD

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I graduated from high school and attended a few courses in college. I struggle with transportation, financial issues and not knowing what I really wanted to do.
I married a year after high school, dropped out of college, and started working. I discovered minimum wage was not any fun.
I went back to school full force at the age of 21 and pursued a degree in teaching. My love for books and reading allowed me to pursue a field that I enjoy.
I loved being a reading teacher for 11 years but discovered that many of my students had many personal issues. I returned to college to pursue a counseling degree.
Being a school counselor for 14 years has allowed me to speak to my students about their Academic and Personal Journey. I provide information, resources and options to allow students to grow.
I recently returned to college to pursue an LPC (License Professional Counselor) certification. I would like to continue my path in school counseling and enrich my career with my new certification.
In addition, I have published a children's book. I am also a certified laughter yoga leader and do presentations emphasizing emotional well being.
Education has taught me there is no end of the road. Options are always available for those who choose to work for it. Beginning is the key factor and consistency in reaching the goal is important.

Education

High School
Bachelor
B.A.
University of Texas at Brownsville
Graduate
M.ED.
University of Texas at Brownsville
Certification/License
L.P.C.
University of Texas A&M Kingsville

Career

School Counselor

I help students with Academics, College/Career Ready, and Personal Issues.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

Multi-Tasking is essential in working in public education. Key factors include: Flexibility, Communication, Good Listener, Team Player and Problem-Solving. Job responsibilities include Guidance Curriculum, Responsive Services, Individual Planning and System Support. Each component deals with Students, Parents, Staff and the Community. We try to provide information, advice, resources, and options so our students may discover their light and shine.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Learn to be involved in your community and be a part of organizations. Your road of discovery will take you on a journey of many experiences. Choose to use that as a tool to help those around you. Most importantly always make learning new things a part of your life so that academic and personal growth become a part of who you are daily.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Research, speak to people and find resources to give you support. Find a mentor who will be a positive role model. In addition, find the determination, perseverance and dedication to pursue your goals. Seek advice, weigh the pros and cons, and research choices and options. If failures occur, review, assess, and keep moving forward. Opportunities are moments to learn, experience and develop new skills. Use both negative and positive aspects to help build you as an individual.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
B.A.
graduate
Graduate
M.ED.
certification
Certification/License
L.P.C.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Unfortunately, words of discouragement included: "you are not an honor roll student, it will take too long, and how will you go to college and pay for it.""

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
First-Generation College Student