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Tracye Martin

Tracye Martin

Troup ISD

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Tracye's work combines: Education, Numbers, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

High School Counselor

I provide guidance high school students in a multitude of areas!

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Nocona High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Zoology/Animal Biology

    Texas A & M University-College Station

  • Graduate Degree

    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

    Univeristy of Texas at Tyler

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

Bachelor's Degree: Zoology/Animal Biology

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.

    I graduated in a class of 49 and then went off to Texas A&M where my first class of the day had 100 students. What a culture shock.

  • 2.

    I easily graduated at the top of my high school class and learned quickly at A&M I did not have study skills.

  • 3.

    I graduated in 4.5 years with a degree in zoology...what job can you get with a degree in zoology? I was married and moved with my husband to Dallas.

  • 4.

    I applied for a few jobs and was hired by UT Southwestern Medical School in the Department of Molecular Genetics. I worked for Nobel Laureates. It was awesome.

  • 5.

    My family was growing and we wanted to bring our children up in a small town so we moved to East TX. I transferred to UT Health Science Center and drove 45 minutes to work which was too far from home.

  • 6.

    I applied for a teaching position in science and earned credentials while on a deficiency plan.

  • 7.

    I taught for about 10 years and moved to the counseling job. I had to earn a Master's degree for the job. Not easy with 4 young children.

  • 8.

    Here I am! 23 years in education. I truly believe I am where I need to be.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

    I went to a large university for my undergraduate degree and felt the advisement I received was lacking. I chose a degree with very limited knowledge of what it was all about. This limited my career choices drastically.

  • How I responded:

    You are your best advocate. Research your choices and options to be sure you know what careers are available. Insist on speaking to someone at the college or university that will help you. Most institutions have centers that can set you on the right track for success. Do NOT be afraid to ask questions. Most are very interested in helping students. I realized I had to work hard and lookout for myself in order to be successful. I love science and used my degree to share that love to my students.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Be determined and confident that you are going places! Do NOT let others tell you otherwise.