It’s hard to believe that last year was middle school counselor Cassidy Belz’s first year working in a school. Having previously worked at a Family Crisis and Stabilization Center in Boston, she had already gained much valuable experience in the field of mental health and had cultivated a passion for working with children. Despite her relative inexperience in education, she moved seamlessly into her position as middle school guidance counselor. For their part, the middle school boys embraced her right away.
“They stop by all the time,” says Ms. Belz, “To talk about whatever’s on their mind, but also just say hi or to ask for help with a math problem.”
Part of Ms. Belz’s motivation to join the Boys’ Latin team was her desire to forge lasting relationships with students. In less than two years, that’s exactly what she has done. In an effort to present herself to students not only as a counselor but as a three-dimensional person, she often observes classes and participates in school activities. In January, she joined half of the senior class on their retreat, despite knowing almost no seniors prior to the trip.
“It was such a good chance to meet new people,” she reported, afterward, “It gave me more of a sense of what BL is all about.”
Last spring, Ms. Belz was recognized for her good work with the Rookie of the Year Award, given to one teacher in each division for outstanding contribution to the community.
“To be honest, I have no idea how we survived without her,” says Upper School Guidance Counselor Megan Kenney, who was instrumental in bringing Ms. Belz aboard, “She’s been here not even two years, but it feels like ten. She’s immediately changed the culture over there.”
As they navigate the crucial years of early adolescence and as we have moved into our new distance learning model, Middle School Lakers and their families are glad to have Ms. Belz in their corner.