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LIFE 101: For Ourselves, and For Our Students
Living Intentionally For Excellence
“What really drives success is not ‘genius’ but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.” ( Grit by Angela Duckworth)

Influence - Equity - Access - Advocate - Success. In the world of a school counselor, these are just some of the
words that permeate our minds as we strive to help our students reach their full potential and discover the world
in which they strive to achieve. I am sure we would all agree that these are not always easy tasks and at times
it can feel as though not enough progress is being made, so I am here today to offer you a course called LIFE

This is a beginner level course because I am not going to say anything that you have not already thought or
experienced at some point in your life. Sorry to tell you - I do not have a magic potion or trick to get students to
be successful, but I do believe I have a passion and mindset to bring these special powers out in others. We
all have them. As educators, and especially as counselors, we all have the gift and abilities to bring out the
best in our students so they can find success. Sometimes - we just need a little reminder and a little influence
to help us bring that out in ourselves so we can continue to be a champion for ALL students!

Terry Tchorzynski is a Professional School Counselor at the Calhoun Area Career Center (CACC) in Battle Creek, Michigan, and has been named the 2017 National School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Through a data driven, comprehensive, and student-centered approach to school counseling. Terri and her team have department has been recognized by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for exemplary practices in college/career readiness, and was the second school in the sate of Michigan to receive the nationally recognized achievement of being a recognized ASCA Model Program. Terri has also been recognized as a Top Presenter for MDE's Career and technical Education Conference, an Honorary Counselor by the Michigan School Counselor Association, as well as being named the 2016 Michigan School Counselor of the Year.

Terri started her career in education as a high school English teacher after obtaining her degree from Central Michigan University. She often draws on those experiences in the classroom to improve her practices as a school counselor when working with students, parents, teachers and administrators. Terri earned her Masters in School Counseling degree from Spring Arbor University and is in her 8th year as a school counselor at the CACC. Aside from the data-driven, comprehensive approach to school counseling, she attributes many of the successes as a school counselor to the relationships she builds with her students. Terri truly believes that building a trusting relationship with students is at the core of helping students find their success in life.

In her spare time, Terri loves spending time with her husband and two boys and enjoys working out, attending sporting events and spending as much time in the sun and beach that Michigan weather will allow.

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