15 minutes with … a retiring counselor | PostIndependent.com

15 minutes with … a retiring counselor

Timekeeper: Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Age: 60Place of birth: Glenwood SpringsOccupation: Counselor, for the day treatment program at Yampah Mountain High SchoolHow long have you been at YMHS? 16 years.Why are you leaving YMHS? Because I have enough years in, and got old enough to retire. My leaving is not a surprise to anyone.What’s next? Spend more time with my grandkids and do private counseling. Take trips with my husband, garden and sleep in.Will you miss YMHS? I have been really proud to be associated with Yampah and sure I’ll miss it, but I’m sure I’ll survive just fine.How did you get into the job? I went back to college in my 40s. Around 1991 I did an internship for my masters program here and was hired as a counselor.What do you like about it? I like kids. YMHS and our program are totally different. I work with the special-ed population. I enjoy helping kids to get what they need.What was the most challenging moment? The most challenging moment in my career has always been parents and students who are not motivated. All you can do at that point is provide a relationship, a good role model, encouragement and opportunities.Were you ever a wild child or in trouble as a kid and did that somehow interest you in this work? I grew up in Gypsum. I graduated from Eagle Valley High School as a valedictorian. I never used drugs or got in trouble with the law. I just like kids.What would you buy after winning the lottery? I’d pay off my house. And I wouldn’t mind a Jeep Rubicon.First job? Secretary/accountant at a children’s day camp in Atkinson, New Hampshire. I grew up in the area and wanted to see the east. I moved back because I wanted my kids to go to a smaller school and to know their family.Best vacation? When we sea-kayaked up in Glacier Bay in Alaska. I’d never been in a sea-kayak before.Greatest accomplishment: Raising three healthy, independent, successful children who are kind and loving.Best piece of advice or a cliché to live by? You are what you think.What did you want to be when you grew up? First I was going to be a teacher and then I was going to be an attorney. Somewhere in the middle I thought about being an accountant. I don’t know how I ended up in licensed clinical social work.Any tattoos? No.If you could invite any three people to dinner who would they be, what would you serve and what would you talk about? Carl Jung, Thomas Jefferson and GurumayiChildVilasandra. She’s a guru. Because I invited a guru it would have to be a vegetarian meal. Jung was very spiritual so that would probably be OK with him and Jefferson would probably be out of place no matter what. We’d talk about how to live in a world of peace and maybe we’d talk about happiness. I don’t think we’d have to have an agenda.What’s the greatest invention of all time? It probably is the wheel … The greatest advancement in mankind was speech.Greatest historic figure? There are too many to choose from.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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