Hello!My name is Sheryl Cline. I am happy to be representing school counselors in Iowa as the President Elect. I will be starting my sixth year of school counseling at Linn-Mar High School where I have been a 9-10 school counselor since the 2015-16 school year. I was a K-12 school counselor for three years. I received my master’s in School Counseling at the University of Iowa in 2012. Prior to that, I graduated from Mt. Mercy College (2007) with a major in Psychology and received my associate’s degree from Marshalltown Community College.
As a high school counselor, I work to provide our students with opportunities to learn about careers and have access to education after high school. We are one of few schools in Iowa who has a dedicated College/Career Center in our building to provide small group sessions on college and career readiness topics in addition to our classroom lessons and individual counseling. Students are also able to drop-in to talk with counselors about their individual plans and attend career speakers regularly throughout the school year. My professional focus has been recent CTE legislation and creating more partnerships with our local employers and community colleges, especially in the skilled trades. I currently serve as an advisory committee member for MEDCO's Community Promise Initiative (Marion Economic Development Coorporation).
I believe professional school counselors play a key role in advocating for our positions at all levels. Advocacy happens day-to-day in the work we do in our buildings and how we collaborate with staff, administrators, parents, and students. Our daily work is vital to continuing to move our profession forward and in advocating for our students. I hope that as the ISCA President Elect, I am able to work with our Iowa school counselors to develop stronger relationships with our stakeholders, including state-level officials.
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