Mrs.  Stephanie  Yates
Guidance Counselor

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Guidance Counselor

When you look at someone, you often think you can tell so much about that person; however, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Just with me, I’m sure by looking at me that there are many things about myself that you wouldn’t think would be me.

We’ll start with the basic info. I am married to a caring and loving man. We do not have any children, but we do have a dog, Chloe, who is treated like a child and thinks she is the boss.

Although I attended Whitewood Elementary School, the summer before sixth grade started I transferred to Longs Fork Elementary School in Clintwood, VA. I remained in Clintwood through my high school graduation from Clintwood High School. Go Greenwave! From my earliest grades I have loved math! I could do math problems all day long. Therefore, when I graduated from high school I thought I was going to be a computer programmer. During my first semester of college I saw a man sitting alone in a small cubicle working on programs and decided that wasn’t for me. I then decided to invest my time in education since I loved school from the time I started kindergarten. So, I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and taught fifth grade Language Arts for seven and a half years.

While teaching fifth grade, I decided it was time to work on a life goal of mine, earning a Master’s degree. The area of degree was the question to be decided. I reflected on my life and what I enjoyed doing. Helping others and making sure my students are safe and happy seemed to be the most logical choice to fit my personality; therefore, I began working on my Master’s degree in School Counseling. Once I completed my Master’s degree in School Counseling, I soon became Twin Valley Elementary Middle School’s Guidance Counselor.

That is the short version on how I became a guidance counselor.

Now, time for the fun, interesting facts, something I love doing, and think I could do every day of my life, is snorkeling. I find it so relaxing to have my face in the water looking down at the beautiful fish and coral life found under the sea. Another interesting fact, I love riding roller coasters, the faster, more thrilling, the more I love them. So I guess you could say I’m a thrill seeker. With the first two facts, I’m sure you can guess that I love to travel. In my spare time I like to hike, attend dance classes, and read.

In the end, my goal is to instill in the students within our school the same character traits I learned as a child; to be a lifelong learner, have integrity, treat others with kindness ,and love life every day.