“Unwaveringly share your insight. Be an opensource tool kit to help further our young peoples’ educational and life experiences.” – Jeff Ream
Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I am a high school counselor at North Tahoe High School, blogger at The Counseling Geek, founder of The School Counselor Community Scholarship, proprietor of The School Counselor Shop, Tech Chair for the California Association of School Counselors, father, husband and aspiring gourmet chef.
I highly enjoy learning about and utilizing technology in the world of school counseling. It helps me serve my students more productively, more proactively and more efficiently. Still being somewhat a “baby” in the world of school counseling (I am only entering my 6th year) – I feel lucky to be plugged in with a network of supports around the country through things like social media and connections I’ve made through things like speaking engagements and other fun activities.
Fun fact: I am actually not a big talker most of the time. I tend more to the shy side, but I have practiced being more outgoing and charismatic so I can turn it on when I need to.
Favorite website / app:
Hard question. I am going to think in the current moment and say that most recently I have been using Weebly to give my school counseling website a fresh face. You can check it out and my progress here: nthscounseling.weebly.com
Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
I started my post-secondary education not as a counselor or teacher, but as an aerospace engineering student. I studied that for 2 years before it caught up to me and I was actually kicked out of my first undergraduate program. Not many people know that about me, but I find that when I share it with struggling students – I see the tension levels drop dramatically knowing even people working in schools have struggled with things like grades. This led to a fork in the road that I needed to decide what to do next. I have two parents that are both public school teachers and I knew the tangible and intangible benefits of working with students in the school system. I thought back and said to myself “who was the coolest person in my school?” and the answer was the school counselor.
From that point forward – I haven’t looked back and while I do carry some of those engineering tendencies with me into this role – I think it makes me a better school counselor. I bring something different to the field than many of my colleagues.
Describe what it means for you to be a K-12 Influencer in STEM.
To me, being an influencer means to light the path to new options for school counselors. I love reading blogs, the news, and poking around the interwebs. I always stumble upon new tools coming to light in the tech world and wonder “how can we use this as school counselors?” I think it also means not being afraid to try something new.
When I speak to school counselors or help colleagues with a tech tool – I love to see the moment when it “clicks”. Going from unknowing to enlightened is an awesome journey.
What knowledge would you impart to other K-12 Influencers in STEM?
Unwaveringly share your insight. Be an opensource tool kit to help further our young peoples’ educational and life experiences.
Jeff Ream is the 2018 California School Counselor of the Year!
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