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Counselors Q&A

February 9, 2024

National School Counseling Week is celebrated the first full week of February each year, which means it was held February 5-9 this year.

School counselors work behind the scenes to ensure students have access to resources that help them succeed. Their duties include:

  • Individual student academic planning and goal-setting
  • Short-term student counseling
  • Referrals for long-term support
  • Collaboration with families/teachers/administrators/community for student success
  • Advocacy for students at individual education plan meetings
  • Plan for postsecondary options (higher education, military, work force)
  • And so much more...

The Phoenix-Talent School District has six school counselors – four at the high school (Tami Ingwerson, Angelica Mendoza, Michelle Carlson and Jordan Ruiz) and two at the middle school (Bry Bates and Liz Fletcher). Their efforts often stretch far beyond the typical school day and are essential to the well-being and success, both short-term and long-term, of our students. 

Three of our counselors took breaks from their busy schedules to answer a few questions about what they do and why they do it. Watch the videos below to get a little peek into the minds of Angelica Mendoza, Jordan Ruiz and Michelle Carlson, and click here to learn more about the role school counselors play in our schools.