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Frieda Dietrich

Frieda Dietrich

KIS International School

"Make a commitment to yourself that you will not let anything get in your way."

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Frieda's work combines: Education, Writing, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

High School Counselor

I help students with career, university, personal/social and academic issues.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    English/Language Arts Teacher Education

    Wayne State College

  • Graduate Degree

    Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs

    University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Certification


    Colorado State University/Counseling

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

Bachelor's Degree: English/Language Arts Teacher Education

Graduate Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs

Certification: Counseling/Counselor

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Kicked out of high school, picked myself back up, went back and graduated.

  • 2.

    Started college immediately after HS, figured out the fastest way to graduate and to get a job.

  • 3.

    Started in a job which wasn't my first choice but eventually led to what I wanted.

  • 4.

    Developed a strong reputation in my field and eventually went for added graduate work, which led to me changing jobs.

  • 5.

    Applied for jobs in other countries as a high school counselor, eventually leading to work in 5 different countries outside of the US.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Friends:

    Teachers don't make that much money. Teenagers are so difficult to work with... why would you want to put yourself through that?

  • How I responded:

    If you stick around long enough to get a graduate degree and if you choose to broaden your horizons a bit into the international market, there are so many financially viable options as an educator that it will make your head spin. Opportunities to travel and work with students who really want to learn makes for a satisfying and meaningful quality of life.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Make a commitment to yourself that you will not let anything get in your way. Make a decision to attend a school where you did not have to go deeply into debt. Don't listen to all the naysayers around you.