Stephanie is a professional counselor who has worked in educational institutions for more than 17 years, including 4 years at MCC's Business & Technology campus. Stephanie earned degrees in K-12 teaching and guidance counseling. She also completed course work in the Community College Leadership Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University. She from a small town in northwest Iowa and a proud wife and mother to two sons.
Career Exploration counseling is her passion. Stephanie loves helping students become aware of the multiple pathways to a living wage and their dreams. Finding your 'fit' in a career field is easier than you think. There are an increasing number of careers that do not require going to a university for a bachelor's degree. They are shorter and called A.A.S. degrees and certificates. Stephanie is knowledgeable of the many routes students can take to achieve their goals.
Educational Support counseling is also a strength, as Stephanie has been an adjunct professor online and face to face. She can help you develop coping skills and provide resources to help you get and stay organized, maximize time management, find school-work-family-life balance and beat procrastination.
Anxiety, including math and test anxiety, are the most prevalent reasons college student report seeing a counselor at MCC-LV. Stephanie has experience in building student confidence in these sweaty-palm situations. Practicing mindfulness in personal counseling sessions can help you take control of your anxiety.
Stephanie's advice to students is, "College is a chance to re-invent yourself. Approach this opportunity with intention. If you are unsure of your full direction, come for free counseling! The guaranteed way to not get something you want is to not ask for it."