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Julia Brown

Julia Brown

Mansfield ISD

"Pursue your goals with passion, integrity, and perseverance."

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Julia's work combines: Education, Writing, and Problem Solving

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Day In The Life

School Counselor

I provide proactive, preventative, and responsive services to almost 500 students and their families.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Richland High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General

    University of North Texas

  • Graduate Degree

    Counseling Psychology

    University of West Alabama

  • Certification

    Licensed Professional Counselor Certification

    Lamar University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a School Counselor:

Bachelor's Degree: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Graduate Degree: Counseling Psychology

Certification: Licensed Professional Counselor Certification

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Graduated from Univeristy

  • 2.

    Taught 7th Grade English Language Arts

  • 3.

    Taught first grade and kindergarten for 5 years; married and had first child

  • 4.

    Worked part-time directing a preschool program; completed my Master's Degree; had second and third children

  • 5.

    School counselor and special education liaison for five years

  • 6.

    Director of special program for emotionally disturbed children for 2 years; diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory bowel disease, and optical tumor; divorced; moved

  • 7.

    School counselor in current position for six years while raising my children, managing my health, and completing courses for principal and licensed professional counselor licensure

  • 8.

    School Counselor of the Year State Finalist and Elementary Counselor of the Year for my school district; continuing to pursue advancement in my career as well as advocacy at the state level

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

    I've been told that working with elementary-aged children, and students with special needs, is not a valuable use of my abilities; I've also been told that the additional education I have pursued is too costly compared to salary potential.

  • How I responded:

    I've repeatedly told myself, and had it confirmed through successes and recognition, that my career choice DOES make a difference!When a child learns to overcome trauma, value education in spite of personal struggles, and advocate for their needs I know I have impacted their lives. When I consult with teachers and see them grow as educators and connect with children, I know that my influence has reached even further. There are things I would change about my journey, but I am still moving forward

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • As a single parent who overcame a toxic relationship and continues to struggle with chronic disease, I have relied heavily on prayer, self-care, continuing my education, and surrounding myself with positive peers and role models.