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Rebecca Pohl

Rebecca Pohl

International School of Lusaka

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Rebecca's work combines: Education, Writing, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Secondary Guidance and University Counselor

I help students find their way through high school and into the greater world.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Long Lake Central School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    University of Rochester

  • Graduate Degree

    Teaching French as a Second or Foreign Language

    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • Graduate Degree

    Education Administration

    Johns Hopkins University

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: Social Work

Graduate Degree: School Psychology

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    First I graduated from high school.

  • 2.

    Then I graduated from the University of Rochester with my BA. I also studied abroad a lot.

  • 3.

    Then I moved to North Carolina where I worked in hospitality, insurance, and mortgage.

  • 4.

    Then I enrolled in a Master's in Teaching ESL program at the University of North Carolina.

  • 5.

    I got hired as an ESL teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools while I was finishing my master's.

  • 6.

    Then I moved to Mexico and worked as an English teacher and college counselor.

  • 7.

    I moved to China and worked as a counselor and principal. Also studied school administration there.

  • 8.

    I took a job in Zambia as the secondary guidance and university counselor.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    Why would you want to live there? It's dangerous/dirty/disease-ridden/boring there.

  • How I responded:

    I remind myself and them that each contract is for two years...and if I don't like it, I can move on after that. Sometimes I think people feel like what they choose now will dictate the rest of their lives, but that's not the case. Look at my path...I went from hospitality (grew up in a family business) to insurance to mortgage to teaching to school administration to counseling. From New York to North Carolina to Mexico to China to Zambia. My path is my own, and I'm loving it!