Member Spotlight: Chad Jackson
Position: School Counselor K-5th
School: Ponderosa Elementary
Years Experience: 11 years as counselor, 18 years in education
Where you attended graduate school: Montana State University- Billings
Share a little more about you: Where you are from? Hobbies/Interests?
I was born and raised in Billings, Montana. I am married to the best woman and blessed with two amazing children. I love being outdoors, camping, and hanging with my family. All the kids at school know that I love Star Wars and the Oregon Ducks. I used to coach multiple sports, but now I am a therapist outside of school.
What compelled you to be a school counselor or led you to where you are today?
I have followed in the family footsteps in education. Many of my relatives, my siblings, and my mom have been teachers. I did my undergrad in elementary education and Spanish with a teaching option. I then followed my father who was a therapist and made the leap from teacher to counselor. My dad worked primarily with young kids and was a huge inspiration to me.
Favorite aspect of your job?
I love my job. It can be so challenging and difficult, but I can’t imagine doing anything else. Every day is new and exciting. I love the challenges, the flexibility to meet needs in our school, and the constant growth that I have experienced as a result of being a counselor. I love that I have the ability to truly impact the culture of the school and be a presence in the lives of so many kids and staff. The staff that I work with are incredible, and they make me look good with all the amazing things they do around our building.
Particularly memorable program, intervention, group, lesson you’ve implemented that you believe made an impact with your students/staff?
Probably the biggest impact that I’ve had on the school is the intervention I designed for lunch recess. ASCA tells us that it is not appropriate to be assigned to something like lunch recess duty, but seeing the incredible need, I volunteered to create an intervention, not a duty, for myself out on the playground. It has been very difficult to intentionally utilize the time as an intervention to impact students and staff, but it has been overwhelmingly effective. I love being able to be available and connected to students on a daily basis. It has also made life so much easier for staff by resolving and preventing issues on the playground. Mostly, students have conveyed how much safer and more fun it is at lunch recess now.
"Words can not describe how lucky our Ponderosa community is to have Chad Jackson as our school counselor. Chad goes above and beyond with his proactive approach in helping students solve social problems and aiding them in the learning process of self regulation and the tools to use when things go wrong. Chad is very deserving of this recognition."