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Jenny Patrick

Jenny Patrick

Bangs ISD

Bangs, Texas USA

"The grass isn't always greener. Do what you love!"

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Jenny's work combines: Education, Numbers, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

High School Counselor

I help students prepare for their future with the right grades, the right tests, and the right attitude.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Goldthwaite High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    Texas A&M University

  • Graduate Degree

    Educational Psychology

    Texas A&M University

  • Certification

    4-8 Generalist Teaching Certification

    ITeach Texas

  • Vocational

    Principal Certification

    ITeach Texas

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

Bachelor's Degree: Communication

Graduate Degree: Educational Psychology

Certification: 4-8 Generalist Teaching Certification

Vocational: Principal Certification

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    High school job as a gift shop clerk: Taught me about communication and customer relations.

  • 2.

    High school job as a bank teller: Taught me about working with different age groups and responsibility/time management.

  • 3.

    College job as a holiday employee at a major brand then worked my way up to management. This job taught me so much about customer service, managing a team, teamwork, and hard conversations.

  • 4.

    I had to go before the Dean of the Education College at A&M to defend a grade I had made ( a C). You had to maintain at least a B to stay in the program. This taught me courage!

  • 5.

    I LOVED my first counseling job. But my mind told me that I wanted more money. So I jumped to a WAY larger school and hated it. The grass isn't always greener. Do what you love!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    "Don't ever major in something related to psychology!" This is something that I warn my students about as well. I think the key is "specializing" in a certain area.

  • How I responded:

    Build a list of why you want to pursue this path. For example, if you are wanting to major in psychology, try and make a list to narrow your work down to a specialization. Are you wanting to work with adults, couples, young children, teens? Office setting vs hospital vs school? These types of visual thoughts can help you really understand where you want to be while you are getting your education.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • My parents were in that weird cap where they "made a little too much" but couldn't afford college either. I graduated in 2 1/2 years with my bachelors degree to save money.