When you step into Kristen Shearer’s office at Eastchester High School, you immediately recognize her her dedication to her staff and students.
Shearer outlined the work that is being done on the Comprehensive Guidance Plan for the District on a whiteboard and its heading clearly states the mission of the department: “School Counselors help ALL students in the areas of academic achievement, career & college readiness and social/emotional development.” The board embodies objectives, visions and practical steps to achieve those ends.
“We want to create a plan that clearly articulates our career and social emotional programs for students in kindergarten through twelfth-grade, and that we have a continuum of tier 1 services that meets the needs of all student’s.”
She assumed the newly created position in mid-August.
Her focus remains on the whole child. “The goal is this, to build a program that ensures students acquire the skills needed to be successful in school and life. When a student crosses the stage at graduation, he or she should represent the best person they can be.”
As the Supervisor of Guidance, Shearer oversees the implementation of the new state regulations for guidance and guidance programs. The focus has shifted from a student-by-student system to a comprehensive and developmental program providing academic, career, and social-emotional development for every K-12 student.
She explained how school counselors assume a unique role in the educational setting. “School counselors play a very important role and an integral part in providing programs and collaborating with administration and teachers to help guide student achievement and learning,” said Shearer. “Our role encompasses everything from academics to career exploration while providing a great deal of emotional support to our students and families who need individualized attention.”
Shearer and her team of 10 middle and high school counselors will work collaboratively to intentionally design programs that meet the needs of today’s Eastchester student.
Shearer brings a wealth of experience to the Eastchester School District. She previously worked at the Schenectady City School District as the Assistant Director for Pupil Personnel Services spending her time in special education, as the DASA coordinator and supervisor to school counselors. She provided professional development on both the building and the district level.
She also spent 18 years as the Director of Guidance and School Counselor at the Schenevus Central School District. In that role, Shearer developed the districts Comprehensive Guidance Plan, provided classroom lessons, individual and group counseling and ran the college and career program while supporting the elementary guidance program.
A theme running throughout her career is one of connection. “Relationships are so important in the work we do with students, administrators and the community.” She quoted Theodore Roosevelt. “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
Shearer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Business, a Master of Science in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling from the State University of New York at Oneonta.
She received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from the State University of New York College at Cortland and holds certification in School District Leadership and as a K-12 School Counselor.
Shearer is on the executive board of the New
York State School Counselor Association and serves on the NYS Education
Department Advisory Committee for School Counselors, Pupil Personnel Services,
and Mental Health. In her free time she
enjoys traveling with her husband and adult children.
(Edited by Grace Noone - original submission Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 8:07 PM)
(Edited by Grace Noone - original submission Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 10:39 AM)