Message from the Guidance Counselor
Hello and welcome to Immaculate Conception High School! My name is Miss Rebecca Manzano and I am honored to be your school counselor. Catholic school education has always been extremely important to me, as I have only attended a catholic grammar school, high school, and university. Living a positive life through my faith and always being reminded of religious morals and values motivated me to pursue a career within a catholic school. It is a dream of mine to be a part of a school who believes in community, faith, and providing exceptional education to their students. Immaculate Conception High School is my dream!
After graduating high school, I attended Caldwell University and received my Bachelor’s in Psychology (‘17). Right after graduating, I went straight to graduate school and received my Masters in School Counseling, also from Caldwell University (‘19). During my final year of graduate school, I was privileged enough to complete my final internship at ICHS before accepting a full-time position as a guidance counselor. Through my internship experience, I fell in love with Immaculate Conception. It is no question to anyone walking through our doors that ICHS is a family who loves, supports, and strives for excellence inside and outside the classroom.
My first year as guidance counselor was nothing short of an adventure! Being around the students, building great rapport with them, and guiding them through high school stress was extremely rewarding. As I was starting to become more comfortable in my role and my duties, the world was hit with a pandemic. Working from home was challenging, especially because I could not meet with students face-to-face right away. However, I wanted to make sure students and families had plenty of resources to make it through the pandemic and to keep their mental health in a positive state. While working remotely, I sent out PowerPoint presentations with mental health resources and anxiety/calming apps, student support activities to keep students busy, and checking in with students as much as possible! This change happened so quickly that students had no time to process or understand the extent of this pandemic. Because of that, I learned that I need to continue to be proactive with students and families, constantly updating them with resources at a moment’s notice, and to continue to offer a compassionate and listening ear to students who are going through difficult obstacles in a short amount of time. The ICHS community learned to adapt to new changes and came out on top, and for that I will forever be inspired by our students, faculty and staff’s strength, passion, and determination!
As I continue my journey as guidance counselor, I have grown more confident in my abilities to help students with any academic, social/emotional, or personal issues. While counseling, I always take a collaborative approach with my students, and we talk issues out together to figure out a good plan for them. It is also very important to me to keep open communication with not only my students, but with their families, too! I absolutely love what I do, whether it is helping my students through a situation, helping them figure out who they are, or discussing their goals and dreams for the future. It is my greatest hope to go above and beyond for my students, learn and grow with them, and celebrate all the many victories they will accomplish. It is my ultimate goal to see my students become successful young women who are ambitious and follow their dreams!
Miss Rebecca Manzano