Behind every graduate are several dedicated teachers and counselors. We’re grateful to our iSucceed staff, and that’s why we take a moment to shine the light on them in these blog series.
This month, we decided to shift the spotlight over to one of our counselors. Did you know your counselors can help you with scholarships, financial aid or figuring out what you even want to do after graduation?
To help you learn a little more, we asked Ms. Karen Lesh a few questions. Check them out:
How many years have you been a counselor?
This is my second year as a School Counselor and have six years experience as a Home Based counselor and Crisis Resource Teacher.
What are some of your interests or hobbies?
I love to be active outside. I am a former college soccer athlete, so I try to keep some of those skills up, as well as paddleboarding, surfing (when I am near an ocean), hiking and I love to read while hanging with my dog outside:) I enjoy spending time with my three teenage boys at home, travelling for sports, laughing, hiking, floating the Boise river and skiing.
Why do you enjoy working with iSucceed students?
I enjoy working with iSucceed students because many of our students are actively in charge of their future by advocating for themselves. Many are eager to work hard to earn high school credits while they are working and enrolled concurrently in college.
What are some advantages you enjoy as an online school counselor?
I feel our student and faculty maximize all communication avenues available. As an online counselor, I have the flexibility to reach my students quickly and provide the information and availability they were looking for.
In what ways do you think online high school is more beneficial to students than a traditional high school?
I believe online high school encourages self advocacy and independence because our students have to learn a higher level of time management, research tools and communication because our students are mobile, and most are naturally using that skill set earlier than in a traditional school setting. Our online environment provides for our students to work, be included in sports and activities, and be enrolled in college level courses while earling high school credits at each students individual schedule. This flexibility is valuable for our students.
Have you had a moment when you felt you made an impact on a student’s life at iSucceed?
Fortunately, as a counselor, I have those opportunities frequently by being in a natural position to encourage, listen, and empower our students as they navigate through life as a high school student.
Share with us a piece of advice for your iSucceed students.
I believe the most important thing a student can do is to set a “study” schedule from the beginning of the quarter and do their best to follow that schedule. A close first to the schedule is communicating with our staff.