Paradise Educator Spotlight for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Cherie Gopffarth


Position: Paradise High School counselor

Family: Husband of 25 years Greg Gopffarth, who is also in education; children Erika, 21 and Landen, 18, who both attend University of Texas at Tyler.

Experience: “This is my 12th year as a school counselor, with three years of special education teaching and one year as Special Education Coordinator at the International Christian School in Hong Kong prior to taking a high school counseling position. Before entering education, I worked in the counseling field with MHMR and the federal prison system.”

Hobbies: “Spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities, games and travel. I also love to sing and am on the worship team at my church.”

Why did you choose education as a profession?: “I chose to pursue a career in education because I wanted to personally impact the lives of teens. High school counselors wear a variety of hats, ranging from scheduling, to crisis counseling, to post graduation planning, etc. My favorite part of the job is watching students discover their strengths and areas of interest and then helping guide them as they prepare to transition to their post-high school lives. This role allows me to help students recognize their strengths and individuality, identify their life goals and have the opportunity to be a listening ear and support when kids need me. I can’t imagine doing anything else!”

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