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LHS Guidance Counselor shares some insight on what inspires her to “focus on the kids”

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School Spotlight

Autumn Campbell is a school counselor at Lejeune High School on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. "She takes the School Spotlight this week. 

Q. What encouraged you to pursue your job as a school counselor?

A. Even under the best of circumstances, the teenage years are not always smooth. This was my personal experience and I knew I wanted to work with teens to provide support and validation to their experiences. It is such a pivotal time of growth and self-discovery. I am honored to be a part of their process.

Q. What encouraged you to pursue education within your specific age level/curriculum?

A. Working with students at this level is exciting because students are learning academic and life skills which they will use in future careers and relationships. I like that I can be candid with students at this age. I appreciate their idealism and I am fluent in the teenage language of sarcasm, which is convenient.

Q.What is your main education philosophy?

A. I believe that all students can learn and succeed under the right conditions. We should support social and emotional growth, as much as we do their academic growth to create successful and happy students.

Q. What is a lesson you have learned from your students?

A. Every day I am inspired by my students. Whether they are working hard to make it through a tough life circumstance or working hard to balance multiple AP classes and extra-curricular activities, they remind me that I too should never stop striving to reach my next goal.

Q. What is your favorite part of being a school counselor?

A. By far, it is building relationships with them. My students trust me enough to share sometimes personal experiences, which I know is not easy. It is through these sometimes difficult conversations, that we can find solutions or resources to help them through. These tough conversations are also the most rewarding.

Q. What advice would you give to upcoming/new educators?

A. You will get pulled in so many different directions, that it will be impossible to give your all in every area. Just remember to focus on the kids. If it’s best for them, the rest will work itself out.

Q. What are three words that would describe your life outside of the classroom?

A. Family, Beach, Kickball.

Q. What is a favorite memory from your career?

A. I had the honor of being on the stage during LHS graduation last year to help pass diplomas. It was very touching for me to make eye-contact with each of my students right before they received recognition for this huge accomplishment.

Q. What advice would you give to a parent of a high schooler?

A. Give yourself and your student some grace. Being a teenager in 2018 is hard and so is being the parent of a teen. Teens still need lots of your time and guidance through these years and though their actions may say otherwise, they crave it. Keep up the great work.

Q. What changes would you like to see implemented in the school system within the next 5 years?

A. I’d love to see more resources given to students for differentiation in learning and extra-curricular experiences.

Q. What are the biggest challenges you face as an educator in a military town?

A. The transient military lifestyle is a challenge for a student’s education. Especially in high school, it is important to try to time moves during semester breaks when students are least likely to lose credits. Unfortunately, this is not always possible which can create a challenge in academic planning and course completion.

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to share about being a school counselor?

A. I can only pray that all my students can be as lucky to find a job as diverse and rewarding as mine is. I am excited to go to work every single day and am blessed that I get to work with the incredible students and staff at Lejeune High School.