Viewpoint: What impact do school counselors have on Dobie students?

Hailey Gorzell and Jaci Anderson

Counseling is a very important source for people to express their thoughts and feelings. When students are going through a stressful time, school counselors come to their assistance. Middle school and high school students, are when most teenagers become sensitive and need someone to talk to…other than their parents. Students go to counselors if they are being bullied, having troubles at home, or are just needing someone there for them.

National School Counseling Week 2020, “School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans,” was celebrated from Feb. 3–7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

Ms. Monica Navarro (last name A-Go), Mrs.Sara Schroeder (Gr-O), Mrs. Jenna Ruhd (P-Z), are our Dobie Jr. High school counselors. Every day they work hard to support students, and they also are in charge of state STAAR academic testing, schedule changes, and much more.

According to School Counselor.org, “Today’s school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, career and social/emotional development, ensuring today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

Emma Alfred, 7th grade Dobie student, thinks school counselors are important. “They help you feel better and they care,” she said. Most students don’t go to counselors because they keep their feelings personal. “Some stuff is personal, and you don’t want to open up,” she added.

According to Sucicide Prevention Resource Center students deal with the following: Stress-(30%), Anxiety-(22%), Sleep difficulties-(20%), and Depression-(14%). School counselors are always there to help with these issues, and to support their students.

Dobie counselors are doing their best to help students in need. When a child goes through something, they’re always there. These counselors deal with student conflict, which can be stressful for everyone in the situation. School counselors ensure students are safe and happy in their learning environment, and do whatever they can to help.