For American Education Week, the NC State College of Education acknowledges 5 doctoral college students and alumni who serve as counselors in native faculties and communities for their dedication and dedication to serving all college students and offering them with entry and assist for success.

Meet these doctoral college students and alumni, and listen to what impressed them to pursue a counseling profession and what fairness in training means to them.

Amanda Allen

Amanda H. Allen ‘11MED, ‘15PHD

Counseling and Counselor Education
Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development

While finishing her pupil educating as an undergraduate pupil, Amanda H. Allen ‘11MED, ‘15PHD felt there were some students in her classroom who she didn’t have ample time to get to know and weren’t capable of break via limitations to their studying. This expertise impressed her to pursue faculty counseling, the place she might actually get to know her college students and assist them.

Now, Allen works as an govt director of social and emotional studying (SEL) for Johnston County Public Schools, the place she helps faculty counselors on the district stage. In her function, she works with all the college counselors, social staff, nurses, pupil advocates and SEL interventionists inside her faculty district.

She additionally serves as an adjunct professor in the counselor training program in the NC State College of Education.

What impressed you to enter the counseling career?

I wished to be a counselor a few years earlier than I believed this was a doable profession path for myself. I all the time assumed I must go to highschool for too lengthy or that I wouldn’t be sensible sufficient for this work. I lastly determined to comply with this dream after I did my pupil educating throughout my undergrad program. There have been college students I didn’t really feel like I had ample time to get to know to essentially break via limitations to their studying. I felt like the one method I might actually accomplish this could be as a faculty counselor.

What did you get pleasure from most about being a faculty counselor? 

My eight years as a faculty counselor introduced me extra pleasure than I ever might have imagined. My most joyous moments got here after I was capable of see optimistic change taking place for college students. The moments after I was capable of assist extremely anxious kids transition to their homerooms with out tears in their eyes, the grins I obtained in the hallways and the conversations with households about progress they’d seen…every of these moments and extra made me the happiest in the world to be a faculty counselor!

What does fairness in training imply to you and the way does it present up in your present work (as a present or former faculty counselor)?

Equity means every thing in training. Equity is what permits us to make studying related and accessible to ALL college students. Without this, we’re solely reaching a portion of our college students, however we nonetheless aren’t doing this portion of college students the justice they deserve with the exclusion of educating strategies that attain others. As a former faculty counselor, I do know that constructing relationships and connections is a foundational part of working with college students, households and colleagues. This is required for fairness as properly. We should construct relationships and make connections to essentially get to know each other and what’s taking place in every others’ lives. Even although I’m not working as a faculty counselor, the necessity to advocate for equitable sources and equitable entry to highschool is extra a component of my day-to-day function now than ever earlier than with advocacy for LGBTQ+ youth, supporting lodging plans for college students with disabilities and facilitating skilled growth on implicit bias and its impression.


Cherice Artis

Cherice Artis ‘23PHD

Counseling and Counselor Education
Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development

Cherice Artis ‘23PHD, a faculty counselor at South Garner High School in the Wake County Public School System, needs to vary the way in which marginalized college students are served in faculties.

What impressed you to enter the counseling career?

I wished to be an advocate for marginalized college students. Often, these college students are solely served after they get into bother. My aim is to constantly present a complete faculty counseling program stuffed with educational, social/emotional and profession applications and initiatives designed to arrange all college students to achieve their post-secondary objectives.

What do you get pleasure from most about being a faculty counselor?

I most get pleasure from serving to first-generation college students with faculty and faculty exploration.

What does fairness in training imply to you and the way does it present up in your present work (as a present or former faculty counselor)?

Equity in training means working to make sure that all college students, regardless of their circumstances, have an equal alternative for success. As pupil advocates, faculty counselors ought to serve as a useful resource to these college students who want extra assist by leveling the enjoying area. In educational counseling, that would imply facilitating a collection of faculty purposes, monetary help and scholarship workshops for first-generation faculty college students. In social/emotional counseling, it might imply offering group counseling for college students who are chronically suspended from faculty. In profession counseling, it might imply internet hosting a profession truthful for feminine college students, consisting of non-traditional careers for girls. It might additionally imply serving on the School Improvement Team to make sure that as school-wide choices are made, there’s not less than one voice to talk to the wants of deprived college students. School counselors have the ability to assist steadiness the scales so that every one college students have a preventing probability to realize greatness.


Tiara Griffis

Tiara Griffis ‘15PHD

Obrazovna psihologija
Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development

As a counselor in Johnston County Public Schools and a working towards clinician and therapist at Crowned Life Counseling Center, PLLC, Tiara Griffis ‘15PHD loves helping people chase their dreams, especially students. It’s one of the explanations she went into the counseling career.

What impressed you to enter the counseling career?

Wanting to assist college students with social-emotional wellbeing in faculties.

What do you get pleasure from most about being a faculty counselor?

Building significant and lengthy lasting relationships — I used to be a highschool counselor for most of my expertise though I’m now in center faculty, however I get pleasure from serving to college students chase their desires.

What does fairness in training imply to you and the way does it present up in your present work (as a present or former faculty counselor)?

It means with the ability to supply and supply sources and alternatives for all college students and it exhibits up in my work as a result of I’m an avid advocate for college students to be granted alternatives, particularly to these who are underserved.


Yolanda Jarrett

Yolanda S. Jarrett ‘25PHD

Counseling and Counselor Education
Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development

While in highschool, Yolanda Jarrett ‘25PHD had some negative experiences with her school counselor. Now, as a school counselor for the Wake County Public School System, she wants to ensure that other students don’t have the identical experiences she had.

What impressed you to enter the counseling career?

I wished to assist individuals, to indicate college students choices and assist college students so that they didn’t have the detrimental experiences I had with my highschool counselor, and to assist college students discover and develop into their greatest selves

What do you get pleasure from most about being a faculty counselor? 

I really like watching college students discover themselves; their strengths, their areas of educational and social/emotional progress, and the progress they’ve made in defining who they’re, what they consider and the way they need to stay. It is a pleasure to see college students acquire energy in the method of constructing their id. It’s the method that issues as a result of id adjustments based mostly on life’s journey. I particularly love the truth that even after I personally don’t have the identical beliefs as my college students, I can nonetheless be a component of them embracing their very own beliefs and tradition.

What does fairness in training imply to you and the way does it present up in your present work (as a present or former faculty counselor)?

Equity means recognizing and disrupting systemic limitations for all college students and constructing new applications and mindsets that present entry to new alternatives, permitting college students the prospect to determine and strengthen the property they’ve gained via resilience in adversity and that inherently exist in their character and ability units. Basically, fairness in training is assembly college students the place they’re, figuring out what they should get the place they need to go, encouraging them alongside the journey to get there and eradicating the limitations for them to truly get there via advocacy. No matter how a lot we construct our college students up, if we don’t change the programs in which they exist and create alternatives for them to flourish, we’ll by no means attain true fairness.


Felix Morton IV

Felix Morton IV ‘23PHD

Counseling and Counselor Education
Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development

Throughout his total Ok-12 and undergraduate training, Felix Morton IV ‘23PHD by no means encountered a Black male instructor or counselor. As a faculty counselor at East Chapel Hill High School, he needs to vary that for his Black college students.

What impressed you to enter the counseling career?

Throughout my total Ok-12 and undergraduate training, I had by no means encountered a Black male instructor nor counselor. After spending a while as a classroom instructor, I felt that counseling would permit me to attach with my college students in other ways which might be restricted by the classroom setting. I additionally wished to be for my Black male college students what I by no means noticed — a Black male instructor and counselor.

What do you get pleasure from most about being a faculty counselor?

The college students!

What does fairness in training imply to you and the way does it present up in your present work (as a present or former faculty counselor)?

To me, fairness in training means leveling the enjoying area for all college students, particularly these from underserved populations, and never simply in the classroom but in addition in assist companies. Equitable companies in training present up in my present work via my ongoing advocacy for a rise in counselors of colour in training, as properly as extra training {and professional} growth round cultural consciousness and sensitivity in the office.