Outstanding Alumni: Q&A with Heather Miller
Heather Miller is a two-time alumna from LSU, with a BS in Elementary Education (2005) and a MEd in School Counseling (2011).
As the Professional School Counselor at Youngsville Middle School (Lafayette Parish School System), Miller's day-to-day duties include facilitating classroom guidance lessons; small group counseling; and individual counseling to address the academic, personal-social, and career needs of middle school students. She also coordinates and collaborates with stakeholders to make data-driven decisions on how to best serve each student.
Miller was recently honored as the Middle School Counselor of the Year for Lafayette Parish. Read on to find out more about Heather and how her LSU degrees facilitated her many successes.
Why is your LSU degree special?
At LSU, I was able to receive state-of-the-art training in the field of counseling. I was trained in counseling theories and practices and diagnostic criteria by Dr. Gary Gintner, who was a part of the committee who wrote and published the DSM-V. My ethics and skills classes were taught by Chair of the Louisiana LPC Board, Dr. Laura Choate. I received thorough training in school counseling and the ASCA Model from Dr. Jennifer Curry, a nationwide speaker and advocate for school counseling who was awarded the Roger Aubrey Northstar Award for the Counselor Most Likely to Change the Field of Counseling.
What faculty member had the most impact on you and why?
I have had many wonderful professors and instructors throughout my years at LSU, however, Dr. Jennifer Curry, had the greatest impact on me. Her genuine, caring nature helped instill confidence in me that I had what it took to be a successful school counselor. Her passion for equity and advocacy were shaping factors in the school counselor I am today.
How did your degree from LSU help you grow professionally
My degree from LSU helped me grow professionally and personally by providing cutting edge training from highly qualified faculty who provided not only excellent instruction but also a supportive environment for me to assimilate all of the knowledge I received and hone my counseling skills. I was recently awarded Middle School Counselor of the Year for Lafayette Parish, and I was quick to share this honor with Dr. Curry at LSU, who was such an integral part of my journey and development as a school counselor.
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