Little Miami High School Blog

Martin, Phillips, Nethers: LMHS School Counselors

Posted on: February 1, 2016

Feb. 1-5, 2016 is National School Counselors Week and to mark the occasion, here is a quick Q & A with the Little Miami High School counselors, Tammy Martin, Brandy Phillips and Jessica Nethers.

Tammy Martin

Q. How long have you been a counselor at Little Miami?
A. I am completing my fourth year as a counselor at Little Miami High School.

Q. What is your professional history?
A. I was a teaching in Tennessee and Indiana public schools. I taught anything and everything in high school; social studies for six years and taught two years at the junior high level. I then transitioned into counseling and spent two years as a counselor at a private Catholic school serving as counselor for grades 7-12.

Q. What is the most challenging thing about being a school counselor?
A. Time…there is not enough time to do everything that is needed. Also, it is challenging to see young people hurting and not be able to “fix” the problem.  Feeling at times that you are not making a difference because of all the overwhelming issues at hand.

Q. What is the most rewarding thing about being a school counselor?
A. Seeing the students who have worked with achieve goals, overcome obstacles, grow into wonderful young men and women. 

Brandy Phillips

Q. How long have you been a counselor at Little Miami?
A. I have been a school counselor at Little Miami for four years.

Q. What is your professional history?
A. Before counseling, I taught high school English for seven years.

Q. What is the most challenging thing about being a school counselor?
A. The most challenging thing about being a school counselor is trying to find enough time to reach every student. I love getting to know my students and being there to support them and guide them through academic and personal concerns; however, it is hard to find enough time to meet all of their needs. We do our best to get to every student as soon as possible though.

Q. What is the most rewarding thing about being a school counselor?
A. The most rewarding thing about being a school counselor is watching students grow and reach their goals throughout their high school career. It is so rewarding to see them enter as freshmen and then to be here with them as they navigate their way into adulthood. When they walk across the stage at graduation I feel so proud of each and every one of them.  It is so rewarding to help students reach their full potential.

Jessica Nethers

Q. How long have you been a counselor at Little Miami?
A. This is my first year. 

Q. What is your professional history?
A. I previously worked in admissions at a boarding school in Virginia before moving into market research at Nielsen BASES in Cincinnati. After that, I worked in admissions at the University of Cincinnati before moving to the college counseling office at Summit Country Day School. I earned my masters degree in school counseling while working at the The Summit.

Q. What is the most challenging thing about being a school counselor?
A. The most challenging thing is knowing that I am only one person and that I can't truly fix everyone's problems. 

Q. What is the most rewarding thing about being a school counselor?
A. I have loved watching students see their hard work pay off with acceptances into programs and colleges that will help them achieve their long-term goals. achieve their long-term goals.