|Meet the AC Counseling Staff!
Left to Right: Juan Rodriguez, Terrance Christianson and Debra Clark
These are our hard-working AC counselors! Both Mr. Rodriguez and Ms. Clark are new to BHS this year. Mr. Christianson is back for his second year at BHS. Welcome and welcome back to each of you!
AC Parent, Catherine Ference, caught up with Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Christianson and asked them to share just a little bit about themselves with the AC community, and this is what they said:
Juan Rodriquez (counsels AC students with last names A-Gh)- I was born in Mexico City, Mexico and immigrated to the U.S at the age of two with my family seeking a better future and opportunities. After high school, I attended Sonoma State University where I majored in History. I then went on to get my Masters degree at the University of San Francisco in Counseling Psychology.
I've always had a passion for working with youth, especially those less privileged. As a Latino male, I felt that it was vital that I give back to minorities and support and assist their path to success. I enjoy sitting down with students and learning about their lives beyond the classroom, and counseling allows me to do that.
My job is filled with joy, especially when students stop by say hello and leave me notes of appreciation. Our job is not easy - many students go through their high school experience without being seen or valued, and it's tough to get to every student. I am trying to be the counselor I never had, and be there for the 400 students on my caseload.
I would like parents to know that it is important for their students to advocate for themselves and be self-sufficient. It will go a long way when students come express their own concerns and challenges. Also, the BHS counseling team is amazing and they care about your students!
Terrance Christianson (Counsels AC Students with last names Nh-Z) - I'm from Florida, although I graduated from high school in Oregon. I attended the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and then went on to Brandman University for graduate school where I majored in Counseling/Psych and Family and Human Services. My experiences working with youth in the community in Oregon made me want to work with youth as a career.
The biggest joys of counseling are seeing students succeed and seeing their growth month to month and year to year!
Over the summer I was able to travel to Mexico City, Florida, LA, and Oregon. I am hoping that I can use my passport and get some international travel in next year too.
Last year I found learning how this big engine of BHS runs to be daunting, yet fun. I'm happy to be back for my second year. I especially enjoy the daily meetings with my students, as well as collaborating with the counseling team.
Debra Clark (counsels AC students with last names Gi-Ng) Stay tuned for more about Ms. Clark once we catch up with her!