ms. Grullon -- from Dean to Counselor
By Isela Larreinaga, Senior Writer & Editor
From handing out suspensions for cutting class to now printing out transcripts for students in need, former dean Ms. Grullon transitions into her new role as school counselor to take on the challenge to ensure graduation success for all her students.
This is Ms. Grullon’s eleventh year in Hillcrest, but her first year as a school counselor. She arrives with new goals, achievements, struggles, and most importantly, guidance for students who need help with situations in school, home, or personal scenarios.
She started her career out as a Spanish teacher in her first year of Hillcrest. As a Foreign Language teacher, she started to see the way students interacted with each other. She was assigned to students from every SLC. Due to having students from all around the school, she started to experience new levels of teaching. Ms. Grullon completed her Master’s degree around the same time she was a Spanish teacher. Along with completing her Master’s degree, she had also received her school counseling certification before transitioning into a counselor. When Ms. Grullon obtained her counseling certification, she didn’t jump straight into becoming a counselor. “School counseling is so rewarding that there more people obtaining counselor’s credentials than there are positions available,” she explains. She didn’t want to leave HIllcrest so she became a Dean before becoming a counselor because there were no open spots at Hillcrest.
In her first year of being a counselor, she is receiving guidance from her staff, fellow counselors, secretaries, supervisors, and most influential, her Instructional Support staff. Her main goal as a counselor is to help her students become career ready. She would like her students to achieve skills that can make them successful in the nearby future. She is taking each day slowly while learning as time passes by.
With already having the prior experience of working with students, she finds it easier to comprehend the student’s needs. She tries to get the students to look at what life throws at them in a different perspective and to work with what they have. “It’s about learning how to move on and develop a plan to reach our goals.”
She claims her students are great and very patient knowing it’s her first year. She highly enjoys learning new things from her students. “It helps me grow as a person and counselor, it also helps the student grow. It’s worth the drive from Newark, New Jersey to come in everyday with new challenges.”
Ms. Grullon is very blessed to have a new position as the counselor for students who receive Instructional Support Services. Whenever you’re free, you can go stop by her office and greet her in room 352. Welcome to the guidance world Ms. Grullon!
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