It’s a long way from Las Vegas, Nev., to Fort Dodge, but Tabitha Acree is glad to have made the transition.
“It’s a busy place with lots to do,” Acree says of her old hometown of Las Vegas, but Fort Dodge is where she and her husband want to raise their children.
Getting ready to start her eighth year as a counselor at St. Edmond Catholic Schools, Acree has made Fort Dodge her adopted hometown. With her husband being a St. Edmond alumnus, returning to Fort Dodge after some travels around the country seemed like a natural fit.
“We came back to Fort Dodge for a visit, and we didn’t want to leave,” Acree notes.
And she’s seen enough of the nation to appreciate life here in the heartland. Acree graduated from high school in Las Vegas in 1988 and then went off to San Diego, Calif., for her first year of college. She later headed east, earning her undergraduate degree in psychology from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
To further her education, Acree went on to the University of South Carolina, earning a master’s degree in social work, but she still had a desire to do more.
“After working in the field for a few years, I decided I really wanted to be in the schools, so I went back and got another master’s.” she explains.
Acree’s second master’s degree was in education, this one from the University of Phoenix. While it may have been a long and winding road to get here, she’s appreciative of the experinces and education that led her to working as a school counsellor.
“I just like the energy of being in the school,” she explains.
With the start of a new school year just around the corner, Acree also has advice for parents to help get kids off to a good start.
“I think it’s important to get them back into a routine of going to bed early and getting up on time,” she says.
Throughout the school year, Acree says the best tip for parents may be to simply stay in contact with teachers. Let them know if something is happening at home, and ask them questions about the school day and any observations they might notice.
Now, as for Vegas, for Acree it’s a fun place to be from.