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Lisa Reyes

Lisa Reyes

Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD

Yucaipa, CA USA

"The better grounded and emotionally healthy you are, the better you'll be for your students."

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Lisa's work combines: Education, Law, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

High School Counselor

I am a high school counselor and the counselor for our Law & Public Safety Academy.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Duarte High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Psychology, General

    University of La Verne

  • Graduate Degree

    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

    University of La Verne

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

Bachelor's Degree: Psychology, General

Graduate Degree: Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I started college right after high school but changed my mind about becoming a lawyer after my first time at jury duty on a murder trial.

  • 2.

    I took a few years off from college to figure out what I wanted to major in.

  • 3.

    I started a nursing program when I returned to college. I wanted to work as a nurse with children. After my 2nd clinical rotation, I realized that this was not a good fit.

  • 4.

    After taking a few more classes and exploring my options, and job shadowing a high school counselor for one of my class assignments, I finally found my perfect fit!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    Don't major in psychology because there are not enough careers that pay well with only that degree.

  • How I responded:

    If you are undecided about a major or career, explore different classes in your first two years of college. My favorite class was psychology and classes related to that, so I really started to take a look at what careers could develop from this degree. That being said, you need to find that balance of a degree that you're passionate about and finding a career that can support the lifestyle you would like to have.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I had just quit my full-time job with benefits to go back to college full-time and decided to file for divorce. Thankfully, my parents were very supportive and wanted me to finish college, so I moved back to their home with my two-year old son.