“Woodland was my first school counseling job after college and I could not have been luckier,” Lee said. “I love Woodland. (It) is in my opinion what makes small schools great. We are a team where everyone gets to play and no one is left out. I also love the fact that I get to work with a wide variety of students and grade levels. I get to talk to the little kids about character education and then talk to the older kids about their future plans and how to achieve their goals.”
Lee took a roundabout way to her current position. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and worked as a court advocate for domestic violence and sexual abuse victims, then worked with adolescents in an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility. Following that, she earned a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in school counseling and worked for a short time at Youth Service Bureau as a youth counselor before arriving at Woodland.
“I have always loved education and helping others so being a guidance counselor is a great mixture of both of my passions,” she said. “This is one of my favorite parts of my job, it is exciting and rewarding to talk to students and get them passionate about their future career goals.”
Lori Miller is on the Woodland Education Foundation and said the selection of Lee as this year’s honoree was an easy one with how involved Lee is with faculty and students. Miller said Lee encourages student/community involvement through Operation Snowball, and researches scholarships and colleges to recommend for students planning their lives after high school.
“Amy Lee is a special type of person,” Miller said. “She always advocates for students regardless of their age or socioeconomic status. She works tirelessly on whatever task she is given to accomplish. She learns new testing procedures and relays them to staff. … The students know they can go to Amy with their concerns and she always does her best to help them. Amy is a positive influence in our school and we are truly lucky to have her as a part of our Woodland Family.”
“I am incredibly honored that the WEF believes I am worthy of this award,” Lee said. “The Woodland School District is filled with loving, caring and passionate workers who care about the education of our students, so to be honored with this award means that they feel I am worthy of these qualities also.”