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Kristen Ereno, newly employed because the Lead Counselor for Coronado Unified College District, is juggling many balls however is especially targeted on serving scholar wants within the areas of school and profession readiness.
Ereno is in her third 12 months within the district and was initially employed as a profession counselor and Profession Technical Schooling (CTE) and WorkAbility Program Coordinator. Her new place as Lead Counselor incorporates these duties together with further duties. “I’m excited to proceed my work with the CUSD group. I’m actually obsessed with college students who don’t have any thought of what they are going to do after highschool commencement. I wish to see each scholar depart CHS with a plan and I would like them to see that there are such a lot of totally different potentialities out there to them,” she shared.
At the moment of the 12 months, with school purposes in full swing, she is busy ensuring college students get the assist they want within the school course of. “We now have a number of faculties and universities on campus each week and we provide digital, lunch, and after faculty school ‘visits.’ Additionally proper now we’re holding weekly (each Monday) school software workshops for college kids. They’ll actually end a CSU software throughout lunch,” she defined.
Ereno doesn’t wish to simply deal with school and profession planning for college kids within the fall of their senior 12 months. “I wish to create school and profession occasions to assist inform college students in any respect grade ranges about postsecondary choices,” stated Ereno, She and her group are planning ‘Profession Day’ and ‘Choices After Excessive College’ occasions for the spring. “We discovered some classes final 12 months and this 12 months we’ll maintain these occasions throughout the day so we are able to get extra scholar participation,” she shared.
Ereno has been tasked with district-wide counseling initiatives and can be working carefully with the Director of Studying, Dr. Megan Battle to help in areas similar to course sequencing, growing insurance policies and procedures round early commencement, transcripts, and grasp schedules. She can also be a part of the group that’s constructing a CUSD Graduate Profile. One other initiative Ereno is especially obsessed with is increasing internship alternatives for highschool college students. “We now have grown this system from a couple of college students with internships on the Coronado Historic Affiliation to 45 college students now doing official internships. And it’s nonetheless rising,” she shared.
Because the chief of the counseling group, the checklist of things-to-do and objectives that Ereno has is spectacular. On the high of that checklist is to “develop programs and constructions for a extra environment friendly and cohesive counseling division in all three domains of college counseling: educational, school/profession, and social/emotional.” She additionally will work on constant use of information to assist scholar placement, grasp schedule, and the wants of subpopulations of scholars; streamlining and growing communication between the counseling division and households and college students; and growing the variety of UC/CSU A-G eligible college students.
Since Ereno got here to CUSD she has co-written $1.2 million in Profession Technical Schooling (CTE) grants with Director of Particular Applications Shane Schmeichel. “It’s in all probability my least favourite factor to do; writing grants shouldn’t be enjoyable, nevertheless it’s profitable!” she laughed.
Initially from Colorado, Ereno has an administrative credential from Nationwide College, and a masters diploma in Schooling, with a focus in counseling and steering, from Level Loma Nazarene College.
Not solely does she carry 11 years of expertise in training counseling (most not too long ago because the Head Counselor at Eastlake Excessive College) to the district, she additionally has the distinctive perspective of somebody with a variety of life and work expertise. She earned a bachelor diploma in sports activities drugs from Colorado State College and labored for seven years in company accounting within the sports activities and leisure business. She additionally has expertise in social work, and after school she helped her mother and father open a bunch dwelling for foster teenage ladies in Colorado. Ereno has been in San Diego since 2004. She and her husband Patrick have two kids, four-year-old Maverick and two-year-old Mia. “They’re at nice ages and completely the very best youngsters ever. We now have a lot enjoyable with them!”
Supply: Coronado Unified College District