Keeping Students on the Right Path, Mr. Rico is Helping Biztek
By Britney Ramkeesoon, Junior Writer
Mr. Rico is a guidance counselor at Hillcrest High School and has been working for 13 years in the Biztec SLC. Mr. Rico has helped many students and is loved by many. He is the perfect guidance counselor for the Biztek SLC.
Prior to working here, Mr. Rico worked as a stockbroker, in the advertising business and as a teacher in Martin Van Buren High School. When asked why he chose to work with kids , his response was “when I was growing up, I lived in a bad neighborhood where I saw kids going down the wrong path.” This caused Mr. Rico to work with students as a guidance counselor and to steer students down the right path in life.
Mr. Rico is proud of his achievements for helping students and being able to see some of the “lost causes” actually graduate. He’s helped girls who have gotten pregnant graduate on time. Not only that, but the Students with English as a Second Language in the Biztek SLC have an amazing graduation rate which can also be credited to Mr. Rico.
Mr. Rico really wants to see his students graduate and succeeding makes him feel an immense amount of pride proud. He loves to see students who aren’t expected to graduate for various reasons, graduate. Whether it be because they’re pregnant, have difficulty speaking English, or they’ve just been slacking, and he’s very proud to be able to see them succeed.
He is greatly appreciated by many of the students. Junior Natalia Ramirez stated, “He’s a great guidance counselor. He always tries to be understanding about what students ask him, and he always tries to lend his hand to do what he can do.” Along with many of the other students asked, she pretty much tells of how Mr. Rico always tries his best to help out in any possible way.
It's not just the students who appreciate Mr. Rico and everything that he does, but the teachers do as well. When Ms. Sirsky was asked about him, she said "He's the best. Our students could not have ask for a better guidance counselor. He's irreplaceable. We've both been in this SLC together since it's inception.” All in all Mr. Rico is a valuable asset to the Biztek SLC but most of all he’s always there for everyone regardless of their situation and always tries his best to help. That is the true definition of a guidance counselor.
“Mr. Rico is the best because every time I come to him for help, he helps me,” said Crystal Surujdeo, one of the many students in the Biztek community who love Mr. Rico.
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