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National School Counseling Week!

Please join in taking a moment to recognize and admire our school counselors, Mrs. Jackie Snizek, Mrs. Danielle Tesak, and Mrs. Kelly Zegarelli, as it is National School Counseling Week! The CCS community would like to express sincere appreciation for their dedication to our students’ success. PR Assistant Alyssa Sacco interviewed Mrs. Jackie Snizek, Mrs. Kelly Zegarelli and Mrs. Danielle Tesak about their experiences working in the CCS district. Take a few moments to read their stories below.

Q: Why are you passionate about being a school counselor and why do you love working for CCS?

Mrs. Jackie Snizek: I am passionate about CCS because every day as a school counselor presents new challenges, and is an opportunity for growth and improvement. I've always wanted to work in education! My role as a school counselor allows me to wear so many hats, including being a teacher, mentor, student advocate, college advisor, counselor and so much more. I love working for CCS because I appreciate the uniqueness and community. I am able to see what makes it special from an inside perspective.

Q: If you were able to have a conversation with your past self in high school, what do you wish you could say?

Mrs. Snizek: I wish I was able to tell myself that the challenges you face your lifetime will help you develop more confidence in your choices!

Q: What’s your favorite quote?

Mrs. Snizek:  From Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

 

Q: Why are you passionate about being a school counselor and why do you love working for CCS?

Mrs. Tesak: I truly love helping people and working with my students! I love “building relationships and watching students grow and find success in all they do." One of Mrs. Tesak’s favorite mottos is “3 grades, 2 floors, 1 family.” She is especially thankful to be part of the CCS community and experience all the opportunities for involvement with parents, teachers, families, and students.

Q: If you were able to have a conversation with your past self in high school, what do you wish you could say?

Mrs. Tesak: If I was able to speak with my past self, I would say don’t be afraid to try new things, and don’t worry about things you can’t control.

Q: What’s your favorite quote?

Mrs. Tesak: “Life is better when you’re laughing” and I am sure to remember the importance of this, every day!

Q: Why are you passionate about being a school counselor and why do you love working for CCS?

 Mrs. Zegarelli: "I enjoy working with all our diverse students! I enjoy helping them with their transition plans and supporting them through the rough parts of their adolescent journey", Mrs. Zegarelli says. Her favorite part of being in Clinton is, of course, the students!

 Q: If you were able to have a conversation with your past self in high school, what do you wish you could say?

Mrs. Zegarelli: That lessons you learn from failure may be more valuable than the lessons you learn from success.

Q: What’s your favorite quote?

 Mrs. Zegarelli: My favorite quote from Brene’ Brown is to “let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.

 

We thank Mrs. Snizek, Mrs. Tesak, and Mrs. Zegarelli for their continued support at CCS and recognize their hard work today and every day!