February 10, 2019 |Reese Loos
Medea Creek Middle School has welcomed their new counselor, Ms. Cyndi Smilor. Thanks to the support of the Oak Park Education Foundation, Medea Creek Middle School has been able to add a fourth full-time counselor to the staff this past December
Additional counseling service has been an ongoing priority at the middle school. In recent years, adolescent anxiety, social-emotional support, navigation of online and social media issues, and earlier college and career counseling have been needs identified by the school and district. Having additional counseling staff will give the school the resources to provide more preemptive support to students rather than having to be reactionary to crisis issues with students. Plans for the additional counselor and the staff include more parent information resources and presentations, particularly with the development of College and Career Readiness programs.
Ms. Smilor has worked in the Conejo Valley in education for over thirteen years. She worked at Sycamore Canyon School (a K-8th grade school) and at Newbury Park High School in the counseling offices. She graduated with Distinction from National University to earn her Master’s in Educational Counseling in 2018. She was selected from a very elite pool of candidates that interviewed in November. Ms. Smilor has already had a big impact on helping MCMS students.
Ms. Smilor has lived her entire life in the Conejo Valley. She is married over twenty years with two children; ages 16 and 13. She knows middle schoolers! She loves anything outdoors with hiking, camping, dirtbike riding and skiing as her favorites.
MCMS is thrilled to have Cyndi Smilor as Counselor. Her addition will transform the support services for the middle school!
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