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I know I’ve said it before but I absolutely LOVE connecting and hearing from counselors with different backgrounds. I feel like they share such an inspiring and different view on school counseling that we can all learn from! Today I am joined by Leslie Jones whose journey to school counseling included being an adult outpatient therapist, youth pastor, and Spanish teacher which has helped her develop incredible relationships with her pre-k through 8th grade students.

This will be Leslie (Sanchez) Jones’ third year as the School Counselor at Annunciation Catholic School. She is a graduate of University of Oregon where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Pepperdine University where she received her Master of Arts in Psychology. She developed a love for working with families and children when she worked for a women’s homeless shelter in Los Angeles for many years. Once she moved to Mississippi, she worked for Community Counseling Services before ending up at our #unicornschool.

We all know how busy school counselors are and it is no different for Leslie! She spends her days being both the school counselor and Spanish teacher at her school but has found a way to manage the workload and meet her students’ needs. In this episode, she is sharing how her background has impacted her work as a school counselor, what her typical day looks like, what she loves about being a school counselor, and how she handles scheduling especially with her older students.

Leslie shared a glimpse into how she handles scheduling her Spanish classes and counseling lessons. If you would like more support figuring out your scheduling, be sure to check out the Stress Free School Counseling Course! And for the month of July, you can get the course FREE if you are an IMPACT member! Be sure to join before the end of July to be part of our incredible membership, get the course for free, and join us as we work through the course together to prepare for next school year. Can’t wait to see you inside!

Some topics covered in this episode are:

  • Leslie’s journey to becoming a school counselor

  • How being a teacher in the school before becoming the school counselor has helped

  • What a typical day looks like for Leslie

  • What she loves about being a school counselor

  • How it is challenging for her and her students to move past feeling “exposed” when they are vulnerable during counseling sessions

  • How she handles scheduling and what she has found works well with her older students 

  • Leslie’s advice for new school counselors

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School Counseling Simplified is a podcast offering easy to implement strategies for busy school counselors. The host, Rachel Davis from Bright Futures Counseling, shares tips and tricks she has learned from her years of experience as a school counselor both in the US and at an international school in Costa Rica.

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