My name is Zabrina Nicholson, and I am the new 8th grade counselor this year. I am incredibly excited to be a part of Jennings County Middle School.
I am originally from Seymour, Indiana, born and raised, and graduated from there in 1996. After high school, I attended Oakland City University, in southern Indiana, and graduated from there in 2000 with a degree in English Education. My first teaching job was at Medora High School, but I was only there one year. In the midst of the chaos of being a first year teacher, I also married my high school sweetheart that year.
In the fall of 2001 I started at Crothersville High School, teaching English to 10th-12th graders. I was there for 15 years. I coached volleyball and softball there for many years. I was the yearbook advisor for 12 years. I worked with many awesome young adults who encouraged me to go back to school and become a counselor. In the spring of 2014, I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Master’s degree in School Counseling.
My husband, three daughters, one dog, two rats, one cat, and one hedgehog live in Seymour above the bicycle shop that my husband owns. The girls, and therefore we, are involved in various clubs and sports that keep us on the go. But they are only young for so long so we are enjoying every second of it.
As I stated earlier, I am a new counselor. This is my first year to be a counselor, and I am nervous, excited, and scared all at the same time. Middle school is a bit different than high school. Being outside the classroom looking in is a little different. But I am so excited. Getting to work with a whole new group of kids, helping them gain the skills they need to reach each and every goal they set for themselves is what being in education is all about. The skills I work with may not come from a textbook, but social and emotional skills are still important as these students grow and mature into professional young adults.Be patient with me this year. I am human and still learning. I will make mistakes, but I will learn from those mistakes and continue to grow and learn right along with the students I work with. And please never hesitate to email me or call if there is every anything I can try and help with. We are all on the same team when it comes to helping students learn, grow, and succeed.