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Professional Summary
A motivated and effective Guidance Counselor in a well-suited profession for skills possessed.  Utilizes strong interrelational skills among a wide variety of people.  Has a love of assisting students discover their strengths, aptitudes and passions.  Enjoys educating students about their college and career options by providing them with as much information as is available to help them make informed and intelligent decisions about colleges/universities and future professions.
Work History
College and Academic Guidance Counselor, 08/2014 to Current
Augustine Christian Academy Tulsa, Oklahoma

Assist high school students in preparing for college by:

  • Providing information about:  college fairs and various college and university visit days; ACT, SAT and CLT test preps and deadlines; scholarship opportunities; college applications; FAFSA preparation; summer camp/educational opportunities; and career and interest assessments and other college tools using SCOIR, OKCareerGuide and OKCollegeStart
  • Conducting individual and family meetings
  • Scheduling college representative visits (most every week Sept-March)
  • Coordinating and hosting ACA College Events:  College Night both Fall 2015 and Fall 2016; FAFSA Night January 2016 and October 2016, and a NACCAP College Fair in Spring 2017
  • Administering the PSAT, CLT, EXPLORE and PLAN tests
  • Attending OSRHE and college/university counselor workshops and meetings to remain current regarding topics affecting counseling
  • Staying abreast of changes in state legislation regarding high school requirements for both high school graduation and college entrance
  • Counseling students and parents regarding high school course selection and scheduling

Private Voice Instructor, 08/2014 to Current
Self-employed Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Instruct private voice students.  Prepare students for local music competitions as well as college auditions.​

Homeschool Mom, 08/2001 to Current
Self Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Planned and directed the complete education of our three children, starting with our eldest's 3rd grade year.  Our oldest son graduated from OSU in 2015 and our daughter will be a senior at John Brown University this fall.  Continue to oversee the homeschooling of our 16 year old son who will be a junior this fall.
Ensemble Director, 08/2007 to 05/2014
Tulsa Homeschool Choir Tulsa, Oklahoma
Directed the Tulsa Homeschool Ensemble, an auditioned, select group of both young men and women from the Tulsa area.  Performed during the Christmas holiday season and again in late spring, singing in nursing homes, malls, and at community and personal events.  Competed at the BAMTA (Broken Arrow Music Teacher's Association) Music Competition each spring.  Directed the 7th-12th grade Concert Choir during the spring of 2014.  Also directed the choir's musical during the spring of 2013.
Elementary School Counselor, 08/1999 to 05/2001
Eastwood Baptist School Tulsa, Oklahoma
Worked part-time as the elementary school counselor and dealt primarily with student behavioral issues and conflicts.
Masters of Education: School Counseling Northeastern State University - Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Bachelor of Science: Home Economics Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Desire and ability to stay current in the field of counseling as it is ever-changing
  • Ability to speak effectively and confidently in various situations - individual, small and large groups
  • Willingness to ask questions for clear understanding
  • Skilled at researching information concerning colleges and universities
  • Work effectively with administrators and staff members
  • Maintain excellent relationships with college representatives
  • Develop favorable rapport with students and parents
  • Plan beneficial and high-quality college events for students and families
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Educational Background
Master of Education : Counselor Education, 2006 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
Bachelor of Science : Psychology, 2000 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
  • Florida Professional Educator's Certificate in Guidance & Counseling (PK-12)                                                                                
  • Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Peer Reviewer Certification
Professional Experience
Academic Manager (Principal/Assistant Principal in Traditional School)
August 2010 to February 2013
PACE Center for Girls, Inc. Wilton Manors, FL
  • ​Ensured Broward County School District's (BCSD) Code of Conduct was implemented with fidelity and all operational procedures for incidents were handled accordingly;
  • Developed, implemented, and maintained school improvement plan;
  • Responsible for record management, data disaggregation and analysis, and all state and district reporting;
  • Assisted in ensuring proper risk-management and facility maintenance;
  • Implemented school-wide procedures to help increase students' protective factors and decrease risk factors;
  • Responsible for overseeing and managing all contractual obligations with BCSD and Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ);
  • Ensured compliance with licensing requirements and accreditation standards for Instructional staff;
  • Created and fostered professional relationships with all stake-holders including BCSD, Florida Department of Education (FDOE), DJJ, and community, at large;
  • Ensured compliance with Quality Assurance Requirements in accordance with PACE, Inc., BCSD, DJJ, and FLDOE regulations;
  • Presented at several conferences held by the FLDOE and DJJ to audiences of 300+ leaders in the field to enhance attendees' knowledge of best practices in educating at-risk youth;
  • Developed and maintained partnerships within the community to support School Improvement Plan initiatives such as: Broward College, Nova Southeastern University, Museum of Science and Discovery, Sun-Sentinel, & Share-a-Pet Reading Therapy Program;
  • Served as a mentor and assisted with the professional development of Academic Managers employed by 19 other centers throughout the state;
  • Utilized and interpreted school data to make informed decisions related to student achievement and school improvement;
  • Responsible for inventory of curriculum and textbooks school-wide;
  • Ensured Instructional staff prepared and delivered curriculum to maximize students' academic progress in accordance with BCSD and FLDOE regulations;
  • Oversaw mandated state and district-wide standardized testing;
  • Assisted Program Director in developing and implementing academic and after-care programming;
  • Assisted Program Director in creating professional development for Instructional staff;
  • Responsible for recruiting, training, supervising, and evaluating Instructional staff on an on-going basis;
  • Ensured compliance of ESE, 504, ELL student needs in accordance with district, state, and federal regulations.
Guidance Counselor
August 2008 to August 2010
PACE Center for Girls, Inc. Wilton Manors, FL
  • Fulfilled all guidance-related responsibilities;
  • Responsible for administering all mandated state and district-wide standardized testing;  
  • Routinely met with high school students individually and in group settings for review of graduation requirements, scholarship opportunities, college admission requirements, etc.;
  • Coordinated after-school tutoring sessions to help students in need of remediation support;
  • Oversaw community service program by assisting students with finding opportunities and ensuring hours were being entered appropriately in BCSD's Management Information System;
  • Responsible for participating in all exiting student meetings and ensured necessary paperwork was delivered to next placement (transcripts, certificates, diploma); 
  • Assisted in organizing school-wide events, such as graduation and "move-up" ceremonies, field trips, and Parent Open House;
  • Routinely met with student families to find collaborative approaches to increase positive behaviors, healthy relationships, and continuous learning opportunities in the home;
  • Assisted Academic Manager with creating school-wide disciplinary measures and provided training and coaching in strength-based behavior management to Instructional staff; 
  • Assisted Academic Manager with writing and carrying out School Improvement Plan;
  • Served as school's Guidance Director, and attended all District Guidance Director meetings.
July 2006 to August 2008
PACE Center for Girls, Inc. Wilton Manors, FL
Graduate Grants Coordinator
July 2004 to May 2006
FAU Agency for Graduate Concerns Boca Raton, FL
Customer Service and Account Management
June 2001 to July 2004
Total Compliance Network (TCN) Margate, FL
  • American School Counselors Association
  • Florida Counselor Association
  • Peer Reviewer, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice 2008-2011
  • Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Member
  • PACE Center for Girls, Inc. Teacher Recruitment and Retention Committee Member
  • School Advisory Council Committee Member, Whiddon Rogers Education Center
  • School Improvement Planning Committee Leader
  • Member of "Bee Safe" Committee PACE Center for Girls Broward
  • University of Florida Alumni Association
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Professional Summary

Twenty three years of progressive experience as a counselor and teacher working with adolescents and families in public schools, community out- reach and mental health settings.  I am adept in counseling special populations, recognizing societal and environmental factors affecting: academic, social and environmental development.   I am passionate about contributing positive mental health services that improve student's quality of life.

  • Facilitate individual, small group and family counseling
  • Case management proficiency of 1000+ student population
  • 504 Coordinator 
  • Trainer of Response to Interventions "RTI"
  • Crisis Prevention "CPI" Certified
  • Skilled in Restoration Practice
  • Analyze and interpret data/ diagnostic testing 
  • Facilitate staff training/development
  • Truancy Compliance Coordinator 
  •  Adept at Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports "PBIS"
  • Skilled in Crisis intervention Techniques
  • Adept at conflict resolution

  • Facilitate TIPS team ( Team Initiated Problem Solving)
  • Skilled in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 
  •  ESL Coordinator ( English as a Second Language) services
  • CPR/AED Certification
  • Strong public speaker
  • Skilled in Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention
  • Skilled in Brain Gym Exercises
  • SOS ( Strategies Of Success) Intervention Specialist
  • Skilled at providing outreach  services/community resources to families

Work History
Guidance Counselor Current
Creekside Elementary 1000 Bennett's Creek Park Road, Suffolk, Virginia 23435

  • Provides individual, small group and classroom guidance on academic, personal social and career development 
  • Provides developmental classroom guidance sessions to  1000+ student population on conflict resolution, positive  peer relations,and decision making skills, 
  • Assist students in course selection/scheduling based upon educational and career goals
  • Coordinator of Testing :  SOL Testing, MAP Testing
  • Referring source  to parents of  alternative programs within and outside the school division to support students and families
  • Conduct home visits to assess needs and provide support/interventions to families
  • Facilitate therapeutic activities to teach functional living skills, self-regulation and  behavioral modification to children
  • Facilitate therapeutic exercises integrated from Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Provide comprehensive case management services: creating treatment plans/ behavioral intervention plans, and interpreting data
  • Facilitate Staff training/ inservices
  • Facilitate parent workshops/training to promote student growth academically and socially. 
  • Suicide Assessment Screenings
  • Mediation between teachers and parents  
  • Program Coordinator of various school based committees: 504, ESL, SOS, and Truancy
  • Create student and staff surveys and interpret  data to identify/implement counseling sessions/programs.

Qualified Mental Health Professional 01/2017 to 02/2018
Positive Connections Inc. Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Conducted individual and family therapeutic  sessions within the home. 
  • Developed and maintained accurate  Magellan Healthcare (Continued Stay) documentation.
  • Provided comprehensive case management by creating Individual Service Plans ( ISP's) and Quarterly Reports.
  • Observed and monitored client behavior and responses to treatment.
  • Directed family-centered, strengths-based, culturally competent and individualized intakes and assessments.
  • Connected clients with community service and resource agencies.
  • Aided parents in arranging medication evaluations and psychological testing.
  • Maintained  weekly progress notes via Google docs upload and hard copy.
Literacy Teacher 07/2000 to 08/2003
Richard Bowling Elementary 2700 E. Princess Anne Road Norfolk, Virginia 23504
  • Provided reading strategies to students grades K-5
  • Provided staff development to teachers towards reading fluency, decoding and comprehension skills
  • Analyzed and interpret data related to student achievement
  • Facilitated parent involvement workshops/ training reinforcing reading strategies
  • Made teacher observations and provided feedback/recommendations to enhance reading skills
Rehabilitation Counselor 09/1994 to 07/2000
St. Brides Correctional Facility 701 Sanderson Road Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
  •  Provided therapeutic individual and group counseling sessions to 120+ youthful offenders ages 13-21  
  • Developed and implemented treatment plans and modified when needed.
  • Comprehensive case management services, including creating treatment plans and connecting clients and families to appropriate resources. upon release
  • Facilitated CIG (Community Involvement Group) 
  • Prepared parole reports to the Virginia Parole Board providing an overview of an inmates annually progress
  • Observed and monitored client behavior and responses to treatment
  • Coordinated outreach programs/tours of the institution
  • Facilitated therapeutic groups involving inmates family members (children, spouse, parents) on coping with incarceration
Residential Counselor 05/1992 to 10/1995
Pines Residential Treatment Center 301 Fort Lane Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
  • Observed and monitored client behavior and responses to treatment.
  • Recorded client information on special flow sheets, accurately indicating suicidal precautions, sleep flow and restraints.
  • Supervised and transported clients on outings  
  • Facilitated individual and small group therapeutic sessions
  • Guided clients in effective therapeutic exercises integrated from Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Presented case history material to review and discussion with other staff members.
  • Documented psychiatric services and responses to treatment in patient case files.
Master of Arts: Urban Education 2003 Norfolk State University - 700 Park Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23504
Master of Arts: Early Childhood Education 1999 Norfolk State University - 700 Park Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23504
Bachelor of Arts: Sociology 1992 Norfolk State University - 700 Park Avenue Norfolk, Virginia 23504
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Professional Summary
Motivated customer service specialist with over eight years retail experience in a fast-paced, team-based environment.  loss prevention officer equipped with excellent communication and people skills. Collaborates with security personnel and store management to ensure the highest level of safety.
  • Creative problem solver
  • Quick learner
  • Goal-oriented
  • People-oriented
  • Positive and friendly
  • Retail merchandising experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Exceptional time management skills
Work History
Security Officer, 04/2014 to Current
Allied Universal 4713 Crossroads Park Dr
  • Monitored and authorized entrance and departure of vehicles, cargo trucks and visitors.
  • Detected suspicious activities and watched for criminal acts and rule infractions.
  • Monitored and authorized entrance and departure of employees and visitors.
  • Circulated among visitors, patrons and employees to preserve order and protect property.
  • Wrote reports on property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons and unusual occurrences.

Customer Service Specialist II, 02/2001 to 04/2008
The Hartford 300 S. State Street, Syracuse New York 13202
  • Ensured superior customer experience by addressing customer concerns, demonstrating empathy and resolving problems on the spot.
  • Asked open-ended questions to assess customer needs.

Guidance Counselor Secretary, 09/2000 to 02/2001
Syracuse City School District 475 Harrison Street, Syracuse New York 13210

Enroll new students into the school data system

Answer  and place phone calls among around different school districts and states

Along with filing and photo copying

Sales Associate/ Loss Prevention, 11/1993 to 12/2001
Sears 3649 Erie Blvd East, Dewitt New York 13214
  • Prepared merchandise for sales floor.
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Recipient of multiple positive reviews acknowledging dedication to excellent customer service.
  • Ensured superior customer experience by addressing customer concerns, demonstrating empathy and resolving problems on the spot.

Associate of Applied Science: Criminal Justice, 2013
Cayuga Community College - 197 Franklin Street, Auburn New York 13021

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Guidance Counselor

Guidance counselor resume skills include skills that will allow you to express your personality and strengths and weaknesses so that your reader can get a good idea of who you are as well as what you can do for them. If you want to sell yourself to the educational institution you are applying to than you need to be able to show them who you are as well as your abilities and experience that you have. It is important that when a person is reviewing your application they get an idea of what you are all about and what kind of person you are.
  • Student Information Systems (SIS)
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  • Student Progress Reporting
  • Records Maintenance
  • Special Education
  • Speaking
  • Student Records Management
  • Parent Communication
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mental Health
  • Counseling and therapy
  • Individual and Family Support
  • Coordination
  • Individualized Education Programs

Best Guidance Counselor Resume Objective Examples

The key to making this type of document "sound" professional and knowledgeable is to make sure that your counselor resume objective flows naturally from your personal qualities, skills, education and work experience, to your overall personality and qualifications for the position. For example, if you're a career guidance counselor with five years of experience in human services and you're hoping to apply for a position in management, your counselor resume objective needs to make that clear. Additionally, you need to make sure that your counselor resume objective doesn't become too long or wordy. Most people like to keep their statements to four or five sentences, which is about right for an employer.
  • Ambitious student pursuing [Area of study] degree eager to contribute developed knowledge in [Job Title] role. Skilled in [Skill] and [Skill] in [Type] settings. Adaptable and driven with strong work ethic and ability to thrive in team-based or individually motivated settings.
  • [Area of study] student with background in [Area of expertise]. Strong technical proficiency with work history in [Area of expertise]. In-depth knowledge of [Software] coupled with [Task] and [Task] abilities. Proven history of [Skill] and [Skill].
  • Hardworking and reliable [Job Title] with strong ability in [Task] and [Task]. Offering [Skill], [Skill] and [Skill]. Highly organized, proactive and punctual with team-oriented mentality.
  • Results-focused [Industry] professional with strength in [Skill], [Task] and [Task]. Proactive leader with strengths in communication and collaboration. Proficient in leveraging [Area of expertise] and [Area of expertise] knowledge to promote [Result]. Adept at managing concurrent objectives to promote efficiency and influence positive outcomes.
  • [Job Title] with talent for [Task] and [Task]. Strong knowledge of [Area of expertise] and [Area of expertise]. Communicative and team-oriented with proficiency in [Software]. Proven history of fostering [Action] to meet team, individual and management objectives.

Guidance Counselor Resume Phrases To Use

  • Coordinated development and implementation of students Individualized Education Plans/Programs (IEPs).
  • Worked with parents and teachers to implement consistent behavior therapy techniques at home and school.
  • Monitored students academic progress, mental health and sociability through ongoing individual assessments.
  • Earned outstanding evaluation ratings of [Number]%.
  • Counseled students to achieve [Number]% academic improvement.
  • Followed [Location] standards in creating and administering school counseling programs.
  • Offered counseling services to [Number] students.
  • Created new programs that resulted in increasing productivity and customer satisfaction.
  • Encouraged students to carefully consider career options and related academic decisions based on personal strengths and goals.
  • Consulted regularly with parents, administrators and specialists to coordinate individualized support for struggling students.