Not so Short

Posted on November 17, 2011

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Have you ever wondered about all that a counselor does for a school?  Ms Zimarino says counselors have a lot on their hands: “crisis intervention, when kids come in with problems, they listen, they help with testing, communicate with outside resources, deal with attendance, scheduling, and several other things.”  Without counselors it would be almost impossible for a school to function.  Luckily, we have three great counselors at Croatan that work hard and are always busy.

Drawing of Ms. Short

Ms. Short is the student counselor for kids with the last name P-Z, but she also meets with parents, teachers, and staff to “help everyone work as a unit to help the student.”  Each counselor has different responsibilities they are directly in charge of.  Ms. Short is the military liaison, she handles boys and girls state in the summer, and she is the 504 coordinator.  As the 504 coordinator, she informs teachers about how to help students with an impairment or disability.  For example, if a student has diabetes, Ms. Short will let the teacher know what to do in case of emergency or to provide snacks for that kid.  She has several other jobs also, but one of the biggest is to just listen to students when they need it. 

“She is good at what she does because she has had good training and she cares about the kids, and cares about her job,” says Ms. Zimarino.

Outside of school, she is very busy with her two young children.  She says she is always on the move, “going to soccer practice, the park, going to the beach and out on the boat.”  All through college Ms. Short loved to go camping, and says she is so excited to get back into that with her children.  Ms. Zimarino says that “Ms. Short is a great mom, and is not fussy at all.  She likes to joke around and have fun with her children.”

As a high school student, she was very well-rounded.  She played softball, played trombone for a couple years, and was a cheerleader one year.  She was involved in sports medicine, a part of the National Art Honor Society, Beta club, and drama club.  She loved being involved with the school–maybe that is the reason she came back to work at one.

Ms. Short is young at heart: as you enter her room you will see the big bowl of toys she has sitting on her table.  She says that anyone is welcome to just come sit and talk or “do what you have to do if you’re having a bad day.”  Ms. Short is extremely approachable and easy to talk to.  Her door is open to anyone–even if you aren’t her “assigned” student, she would love to help in any way.

Reported by Nicole Hebert

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