By Julia Paccone
If your last name starts with Che-Ga, you are lucky enough to have Mrs. Yvonne Hays as your counselor!
“I absolutely love her! She’s helped me so much trying to figure out the most difficult schedule change ever! She really is knowledgeable in what she does, so I definitely trust her with helping me pick the best option,” exclaimed Tessa Fungo.
Mrs. Hays moved here from Orange County where she worked at Saint Margaret's Episcopal School.
Before moving to Orange County, Mrs. Hays lived in La Crescenta. She worked at Maranatha High School in Pasadena. Mrs. Hays missed living in the Los Angeles area and decided to apply for a job at La Cañada High School.
“I was very familiar with this area. I still have a lot of friends here, and I have always enjoyed the community here in La Cañada,” she explained.
Originally, Mrs. Hays went to Dartmouth to get a degree in history. She was the editor of her college newspaper and loved it so much that she became a journalist. She interned for the Washington Post and later worked for the Dallas Morning News and the Sacramento Bee. After her journalist career, she worked at Princeton University’s Communications office as a publication’s manager.
“While working at Princeton, I realized I really enjoyed working with students because we had student interns in the office. I really enjoyed working with that age group, the adolescent on the precipice of adulthood,” she recalled.
Mrs. Hays then began to take psychology classes and earned her counseling degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She worked as a counselor in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Maranatha and eventually La Cañada High School. This will be Mrs. Hays’s ninth year as a counselor.
“I love the breadth of diversity here. I love how lots of students pursue independent interests and hobbies. I find the individuality expressed to be challenging, but also at the same time, inspiring. I have been very impressed by the students.”
“I really enjoyed my time as a journalist because I love learning things and sharing what I learn, and I feel like that’s very applicable to my job as a counselor, too. My job is to get to know people and their stories and get them the information they need so they can make good decisions and choices about their education.”
If you are one of Mrs. Hays’s students, be sure to stop by her office and say hi! She has a basket of snacks for you to choose from.
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