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May / June 2016

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"I love the kids we work with," Taylor says. "The turnarounds are fewer and farther between, but when you get them, they're great." Good Counsel Patty Taylor in Hall of Fame P AT T Y TAY L O R , a counselor for San Bernardino City Unified School District and a veteran CTA activist, was inducted into the H.B. McDaniel Foundation Hall of Fame in late April. e recognition, according to the foundation, cele- brates the ongoing contributions of leaders in the field of counseling who have "significantly influenced the … pro- fession in the State of California through dedicated service, research, writing, and helping others become counselors through mentoring, and advocating for the profession." "I'm shocked and honored," said Taylor, who is also past president and current assistant executive director of the California Association of School Counselors. "I didn't know enough about this award — it's all pretty new to me. And my job is a little different." at job, which Taylor has been at for 11 years, is coun- selor on the Youth Services hearing panel for the district, "which means I do expulsions. But our district is PBIS (pos- itive behavioral interventions and support) and restorative justice. Once we expel the kids, we serve as school proba- tion officers, which is where counselors come in. It's youth court instead of traditional expulsion." Previously, Taylor worked as a first- and second-grade teacher, then as an elementary school counselor for 14 years. Born into a union family, she served as president of the San Bernardino Teachers Association for four years and has been very involved with CTA and NEA. "At State Council I needed to find like-minded people so counselors couldn't say, 'I don't know why we came to this, CTA doesn't do anything for me,'" Taylor recalls of her early days as a delegate and new school counselor. "I formed a caucus, and then a standing committee — the Student Support Services Committee. It made a place where coun- selor, psychologist, nurse, librarian, social worker issues can go. And it can coordinate with professional organizations, so those organizations now see CTA as more of an ally." Taylor finds counseling at Youth Services enormously satisfying. "I love the kids we work with — they 're just great. e turnarounds are fewer and farther between, but when you get them, they're great." 53 May / June 2016 (888) 983-3979 | L E A R N M O R E Build on Your Teaching Skills Earn 2-6 Graduate Level Extension Credits this Summer! Online Self-Paced Course to Revise or Build New Curriculum Intensive 2-Week Classroom course - 12 California Locations Practical Instructional Planning for the Classroom (2, 4 or 6 unit options) Learning Matters: Transforming Teaching and Learning in a Collaborative, Creative Environment (6 units) EDU-X766L EDU-X783L On-Line | On-Ground | On-Target Over 500 Courses, Certificates & Professional Programs Available

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