Sara Nixon
School Counseling Chandler High School
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About Me

I have been in education for 9 years as both a secondary English teacher and a high school counselor. I received my undergrad in education from Arizona State University and my M. ED from Chadron State College. 


Degrees
(BA) Bachelor of Arts - 2013

Secondary Education, English

Arizona State University

(MA) Master of Arts - 2020

Education

Chadron State College

Associate in Applied Science - 2006

Nursing

Mesa Community College


Teaching History
School Counseling
Arizona Virtual Academy

Sep 2022 - Sep 2021

·         Created and delivered individual and small group guidance curriculum focusing on coping skills.
·         Worked with students through the college admissions process including completing the FASA, reviewing academic and athletic opportunities, preparing essays and interview practice. 
·         Monitored and addressed graduation progress, transcripts and classes for 350+ students.
·         Provided responsive services to individuals with personal concerns or issues. 
·         Introduced and executed high school transition workshop for all 8th grade students.
·         Created and hosted multiple small groups each week on high risk topics like adolescent mental health, coping with divorce, communicating hard topics, coping with incarcerated parents.
·         Cultivated a stimulating and supportive environment each day during open office hours where students could drop-in and discuss specific topics for the day while also providing a safe place to socialize and/or work individually with me.

School Counseling
Chandler High School

Jul 2022 - Current

·         Participated in registration and scheduling processes for developing student class schedules.
·         Work with students through the college admissions process including completing the FASA, reviewing academic and athletic opportunities, preparing essays and interview practice.
·         Accurately and appropriately interpret and utilize student data to implement needed interventions.
·         Collaboration with parents/guardians and educators to assist students with meeting all graduation requirements, and referring where necessary, to remediation opportunities.
·         Maintain accountability within a comprehensive school counseling program based on the ASCA National Model.
·         Support 504 referral, evaluation, and accommodation processes for students in my caseload.
·         Support Special Education team on a case by case basis when needed, including attendance at relevant IEP meetings.
·         Collaborate effectively with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators regarding students with identified academic concerns and needs.
·         Support the development of students’ interpersonal relationships, decision making, goal setting, and understanding of safety and survival skills
·         Participation in crisis intervention to individuals/family/school.

School Counseling
Eastmark High School

Jul 2021 - Jul 2022

·         Participated in registration and scheduling processes for developing student class schedules.
·         Testing coordinator for PSAT, AP, SAT.
·         Worked with students through the college admissions process including completing the FASA, reviewing academic and athletic opportunities, preparing essays and interview practice.
·         Accurately and appropriately interpreted and utilized student data to implement needed interventions.
·         Collaborated with parents/guardians and educators to assist students with meeting all graduation requirements, and referring where necessary, to remediation opportunities.
·         Maintained accountability within a comprehensive school counseling program based on the ASCA National Model.
·         Support 504 referral, evaluation, and accommodation processes for students in my caseload.
·         Supported Special Education team on a case by case basis when needed, including attendance at relevant IEP meetings.
·         Collaborated effectively with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators regarding students with identified academic concerns and needs.
·         Supported the development of students’ interpersonal relationships, decision making, goal setting, and understanding of safety and survival skills
·         Participation in crisis intervention to individuals/family/school.
·         Conduct a yearly program audit (Action Plan and Quarterly Benchmarks) to review the extent of program implementation.

Secondary English
Arizona Virtual Academy

Oct 2018 - Jul 2020

·         Pursued professional development continually by attending educational conferences and teacher training workshops.
·         Encouraged interactive learning by incorporating educational software (i.e Blackboard) and the Internet.
·         Prepared quizzes, tests and examinations to gauge how well students were learning and used the data to adjust teaching or remediate where needed.
·         Provided extensive data to administrators on progress and growth of students utilizing. Microsoft Excel and testing data from Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA).
·         Planned and implemented creative lessons in accordance with district, county, state and federal guidelines.
·         Preserved the confidentiality of student records and information at all times in accordance to FERPA.

Secondary English

Jan 2014 - Jul 2018

·    Implemented 1:1 device use
·     Completed training courses to keep up-to-date with new teaching methods and developments in the field.
·    Pursued professional development continually by attending educational conferences and teacher training workshops.
·    Encouraged interactive learning by incorporating educational software and the Internet.
·    Prepared quizzes, tests and examinations to gauge how well students were learning.
·    Planned and implemented creative lessons in accordance with district, county, state and federal guidelines.
·    Preserved the confidentiality of student records and information at all times


Areas of Specialization
Social & Emotional Intelligence English Composition Executive Functioning English Language and Literature Counseling Secondary Education

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