Marist Principal Dr. Kathryn Baal announced the appointment of two school counselors to serve the class of 2021 through a letter to senior parents and students in early October.
After examining and screening applicants, it was determined that hiring two counselors would allow Marist to provide the necessary support to our seniors. Mrs. Tasia Buford-Howell will be working with seniors whose last names begin with A to L and Ms. Robyn McNaughton will be working with seniors whose last names begin with M to Z. Both counselors began working with the seniors on Monday, October 5.
Mrs. Buford-Howell is familiar with a Catholic coeducational environment having attended St. Francis de Sales High School. She received her bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Education in counseling from DePaul University. She is a Licensed Professional School Counselor (LPC) and has her Professional Educator License (PEL), School Counseling Endorsement. Mrs. Burford-Howell did a one-year internship at Lane Tech College Prep High School, spent four years at the City Colleges of Chicago as a college advisor, and most recently as a professional school counselor with Chicago Public Schools. She believes that the three characteristics that define a school counselor are advocacy, passion, and collaboration.
Ms. McNaughton is a product of Catholic education having attended Loyola Academy, University of Dayton, and Loyola University. She is a Licensed Professional School Counselor (LPC) and holds her Professional Educator License (PEL). She spent a year at Lane Tech College Prep School as a counseling intern and a year as a success coach at Loyola University. While at the University of Dayton, she was involved as a research assistant for the University and for the organization Prevent Child Abuse America. She believes that empathy, patience, and being genuine are important attributes for a school counselor.
Seniors had the opportunity to meet the new counselors at one of two breakfasts held on October 6 and 7. It offered the opportunity to put names with faces (even with masks) for both the counselors and students. Seniors can schedule an appointment online with their counselor.