Teacher Talk by Kim Jones
There is no question that teachers are busy in their everyday routine of teaching, but other positions at Elsberry Schools also have demanding tasks for their job. One such position is that of High School Guidance Counselor, Julie Basler. Not only does she have a revolving door many days, her life is constantly revolving around her job, and her home life as a wife and mother of five year old triplets. Mrs. Basler gives 100 percent in all aspects and is a great role model for students at EHS.
She is the guidance counselor for 233 students in grades 9-12. Not only does she provide individual counseling regarding academics, emotional, social or behavior issues to all these students, she also is in charge of several events for students and on occasion their families. This includes: testing of EOC’s, MAP, PSAT, PLAN, EXPLORE, ACT and AP exams; senior night for FAFSA information; assistance with completing college applications; lead 8th grade parent night; class scheduling for entire high school; assist registrar with enrolling students; district SIS coordinator; Leader of Advisory Focus team; handle building referrals for IEP’s and 504; A+ Coordinator; organize nominations for Girls/Boys State, HOBY, MO Leadership, DAR Good Citizen and Awards Night; organize district scholarship committee meetings; organize the program for graduation; maintain a calendar for college representative visits; vocational school recruitment; and Renaissance Sponsor.
Her job is not complete just because students are successful and walk across the stage for their diploma. There are a couple programs that the school is involved in that require her to follow up on graduates from EHS. She spends time contacting former students and obtains from them what they are currently doing.
Many times Mrs. Basler can also be found giving programs in the classroom. But most of her time is spent in her office watching the “revolving door” that brings new and old issues that require her attention along with the many other tasks that are encompassed in her job.