Faculty Friday - Valerie DeGraw
Meet, Valerie DeGraw, our Kindergarten - Grade 12 Guidance Counsellor who has been at ISA for an outstanding 17 years.
Valerie has always had a passion for counselling, and has worked at schools in California, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and now Scotland!
Get to know Valerie a little more bellow…
Why did you become a counsellor?
I have always enjoyed counselling theory and helping others, pursuing a formal school counselling credential was a natural fit for me.
What is your philosophy on counselling and wellbeing?
I believe in nurturing resilience and proactive social emotional habits during developmental years. This can help to build an important foundation of lifelong coping skills.
How do you describe your role as a counsellor?
At international schools counsellors help with transitions, course registration, testing, whole school wellbeing, counselling, and interventions for positive academic and social growth.
What is one piece of advice you give to your students?
Always remember to talk with your trusted adults, sharing a burden helps you to make better choices.
What do you think is the best way to motivate students?
Students are motivated by encouragement to believe in their own sense of agency.
What do you enjoy most about working at an International School?
International Schools thrive on diversity and student voice. It’s exciting to work with future leaders.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to your younger self?
Learn how to play an instrument!
What’s one thing your students don’t know about you?
I used to work at a recreational sailing marina during university and was part of the rescue team.