It’s been a year to remember for Trista Thompson.
After all, just about every teacher who has ever taught says the first year is the busiest, most hectic and full of real-life learning experiences hard to match in all the years to come after. Thompson wrapped up her first year in May, finding her role at the head of the class every bit as challenging and enjoyable as she ever dreamed.
“It has been a very busy year,” Thompson says. “The staff here is great to work with.”
As school guidance counselor, Thompson connects with all grade levels and virtually every student in the school throughout the year, keeping her busy and presenting unique opportunities as she works with the different ages and needs of the kids.
“There’s something new every day that comes up, so I’ve just gained a lot of different experiences that I will always remember,” she notes.
A Humboldt native and 2007 graduate, Thompson earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and then stayed at UNI to earn a master’s degree in school counseling. Thompson says an interest in helping young people drew her on this career path.
One of her best experiences came overseas, working with children of U.S. military families during one of her summers as a college student.
“I was a camp counselor in Okinawa, Japan, and I dealt with a lot of students who had social and emotional needs,” she recalls.
Working with U.S. military families, she met children from all over the nation, as well as enjoying the overseas experience.
“I think the biggest thing I took from that was just all the different cultural things in the way that we live, it opened up my eyes a lot more,” she explains. “It was a really, really good experience.”
Here at Clear Creek, Thompson meets with students individually and in small groups. They’ll talk about everything from how to make friends to the importance of being nice to one another.
And even kids at this age begin to think about “what they want to do when they grow up.”
Most of all, Thompson is a someone for kids to turn to in a busy world.