MHS has new counselor!
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Monday, September 26, 2016
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There’s a new face in the counselor’s office at Melbourne High School. Mrs. Janet Yancey, who has taught English for the district for 11 years, recently changed roles by accepting the position as the new MHS school counselor. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Williams Baptist University and her Masters of Science in School Counseling from Arkansas State University. She is married to Ronnie and has one daughter, Jana Rucker; she also loves to spend time with her grandchildren, Kylea and Riley. While starting a new job can be challenging, Mrs. Yancey is no stranger to hard work, having had several jobs in her lifetime. From being a cook to a hairdresser to a dairy farmer, Melbourne’s new counselor has the diverse experience necessary to relate to the students who need her, regardless of the situation. When asked to share her favorite quote, Mrs. Yancey was quick to answer. “It came from my mom when I asked her, ‘Mom, do you know how to change a water pump?’ and she replied, ‘I will when I finish!’ This is the attitude she passed on to me, and it has served me well.” As her previous students surely remember, Mrs. Yancey’s favorite song is “Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner, and her favorite book is Jane Eyre. She has made many memories at MHS, but her favorite one is when she received the recognition of “Teacher of the Year.” When asked what she wants the general public to know or understand about teenagers, Mrs. Yancey answered, “They want rules, order, discipline, and structure.” As a counselor, Mrs. Yancey has to work hard to learn the necessary information to fulfill the obligations for the various hats she wears but is fully prepared to do whatever it takes to help students, teachers, and anyone who needs it. One of her first projects as a new counselor has been the establishment of a Senior Center, where 12th grade students can find information on ACT deadlines, scholarships, college and career information, Tassel Time Calendar (in which they can keep up with important dates and deadlines), and anything else she feels will be of importance to seniors. Mrs. Yancey has also distributed Senior Folders to all 12th graders that contain items like college preparation checklists, magazines that include helpful information about careers and scholarships, and information about the Tassel Time website that contains a plethora of information targeted specifically toward graduating seniors. Also included in the folders are at least 12 different scholarship opportunities, 10 of which are available only to Arkansas students. She wants parents to know that Ozarka’s College Fair will be on the 25th of October. Parents should encourage their senior to begin thinking about any schools they are interested in attending and to start making a list of questions they have. College representatives will be at Ozarka on that day to answer any inquiries seniors may have. In addition to the College Fair, Mrs. Yancey and many of the teachers at MHS have been trying to organize a Career Fair, open to 7th through 12th grades. This is different than a college fair in that it provides students with local volunteers, many of whom are alumni of MHS, employed in various careers such as carpentry, plumbing, cosmetology, law enforcement, and many more, who can answer any question students may have about those careers. More information about this will be forthcoming.

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