Retired RCHS counselor now an educational coach
By Lisa Nicklanovich; photo courtesy of Sue Young
After being a counselor at Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) for ten years, Sue Young is bringing her passion and energy for helping kids and families to her new role as an educational coach. Young commented, “Retiring has given me the opportunity to work more individually with students and parents on learning styles, homework strategies, learning differences, and college applications.”
Young began with a degree in recreation and was a coach for a variety of sports before getting her elementary school teaching certificate, thus her title “educational coach.” After teaching for eleven years, Young earned her master’s degree in educational counseling for K-12 so she could reach a larger group of youth. “Having been a teacher and counselor, I believe parents want to help their students succeed,” said Young. “Parents have the best intentions and want ways to go about helping their child with homework strategies and bridging the communication gap.”
Young points out that executive functioning skills, such as time management, organization, and emotional control, to name a few, are life-long skills and the earlier we have strategies to deal with them, the better. Young cites a mother of a second grader who had test taking anxiety. “The parent said that she had experienced test anxiety as a child too and wanted strategies to help her child cope as early as possible.” Young added, “Task initiation is another skill that many kids with attention issues struggle with. I can help with a systematic approach to getting started and generating ideas to avoid procrastination that builds stress.”
Young will tailor her assessment of a student’s learning style with her recommendations. For example, one of her students was a visual learner and was given a number of ways to study vocabulary words that worked best for his way of learning. Young can also identify learning disabilities and especially loves to help kids and parents who are dealing with balancing medication for attention issues with learning. “I like to team up with therapists and give the student a double dose of confidence and motivation. School stress and learning struggles are often a big factor in dealing with depression. Confidence building and self-advocacy skills help,” Young said.
Young can meet with students and parents at their home or a convenient location such as the library. References are available upon request and Young charges hourly. For more information, contact her directly by e-mail or call 303-797-7181.