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Mark DeMesa

Mark DeMesa

American Canyon High School

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Mark's work combines: Education, Technology, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Guidance Counselor

I provide counseling services to high school students on their academic, personal/social, and college/career needs.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    California State University-Sacramento

  • Graduate Degree

    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

    California State University-Sacramento

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Psychology, General

Graduate Degree: Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Did academically well in high school until I got "Senioritis" in my senior year!

  • 2.

    Met positive and goal-oriented people in my life to give me direction to take college more seriously.

  • 3.

    Had an interest in several college majors in community college: computer science, accounting, & math.

  • 4.

    Decided to major in Social Sciences and pursue a career in high school teaching.

  • 5.

    My educational circumstances didn't lead me to pursue a high school teaching career.

  • 6.

    Graduated and became an elementary school tutor for Americorps and taught as a substitute teacher.

  • 7.

    Pursued my educational goals to become a school counselor because of experiences working with kids.

  • 8.

    Enjoyed to start my school counseling career in August 2004.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

    You should become successful and earn a lot of money to support yourself. You should go into the medical field and become a nurse or a physician.

  • How I responded:

    I learned to meet/talk with other people and gain different perspectives on what they did to define their own story of being "successful." Being in a traditional Filipino family, I was expected to immediately go into the medical field because it was the only profession that you can go into to earn money and be "happy." I wanted to break that tradition and show myself and others that not all Filipinos should be nurses and doctors. I felt Filipinos can make a difference in other career paths.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I had issues with drug use in high school during my senior year and first of college. I overcame it by meeting positive influential people and leaving those who misguided me.