Past-President Amanda DeWulf
Welcome! I am very excited about continuing my role on the ISCA Board as Past-President. I had a great summer preparing to serve in this role which included attending the ASCA National Conference, ASCA Delegate Assembly and the ASCA Leadership Development Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
I am a graduate of the University of Iowa. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading K-8 and Talented and Gifted K-12. I hold two Master’s degrees from the University of Iowa. I have earned a Master of Arts in Education (Special Education, Strategist 1 7-12) and a Master of Arts in School Counseling K-12. I have my National Board Certification in Early Adolescent English/ Language Arts and am a National Certified Counselor. I have taught at a variety of grades, including elementary, middle and high school. I have spent four years as a middle school and junior high Reading/Language Arts teacher, three years as a high school special education teacher, and six years as a high school counselor. I started my career teaching middle school Reading/Language Arts for two years at St. Joseph’s School in DeWitt, Iowa. I then taught high school special education for three years at Calamus-Wheatland Jr./Sr. High School. I also taught junior high Reading/Language Arts for two years at Calamus-Wheatland Jr./Sr. High School. I am currently working at Clinton High School and have been a school counselor here for six years.
As I reflect on my experiences in education, I have realized that it is always changing. It is as important as ever that school counselors become involved in the reform in our state. Advocacy is a crucial component of our profession and if we work together I know we can make a difference. My vision for school counseling in Iowa is to provide all students in the state of Iowa with a school counseling program guided by the ASCA national model that reaches every student, is comprehensive in scope, is preventative in design, is developmental in nature, and is an integral component of the educational program for student success. I would like to be part of all school counseling programs in the state of Iowa becoming data-driven, standards-based, comprehensive programs that address the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students.
I am excited to be part of the ISCA board and to work with other individuals across the state of Iowa. My hope is that being a part of ISCA will allow me to collaborate with counselors to provide resources for others to develop comprehensive school counseling programs, to close achievement and opportunity gaps, to ensure equity for all, and to prepare students of Iowa to graduate college, career and citizen ready. Becoming a part of the ISCA board will allow me to support all school counselors across the state. The connections that we make can only enhance our school counseling programs and the success of our students!