By Scott Slattery
This week, our school has to say “goodbye” to one of our heroes, our beloved counselor Ruben Escobar. Since 2011, Mr. Escobar has been guiding the students of La Cañada through the rough years of high school as they experience the transformative process en route to colleges and careers.
You couldn’t pass him in the hallway without receiving a friendly greeting and a high-five hello. His genuine care for you showed in the way he worked hard to keep your spirits up and worries in check whenever you walked into the office. He always made time for anybody having a tough day or in need of some newfound motivation to keep trying, and those who know him best will never watch another 49ers game without thinking of him… especially against the Rams! His great sense of humor is contagious and his ability to be a true team player both on and off the court will be missed by both staff and students alike.
Here are some of the things people said when they learned Mr. Escobar was moving to San Diego:
“It’s obviously a great loss, as Mr. Escobar is beloved by students and staff, and we wish him the best in his endeavors where he will be needed most." -Mr. Cartnal
"Mr Escobar is an amazing people person, and I feel like anyone could go and seek advice from him. He's the friendliest guy I know!" -Kenneth Han
"Last year I had so much trouble with classes. I hardly went to class and never talked to a counselor more patient than him." -Felix Park
In a way, Mr. Escobar is returning to a life long passion he has had - helping students who are the first in their family to go to college in America. His passion for counseling began when he volunteered to help in the transition of first year college students, and now Mr. E has been offered the opportunity to counsel a greater number of 9th - 12th grade students in San Diego, where his bilingual skills and experience will be especially helpful.
Before ending the interview, I asked, “Are there any words of wisdom you wish to tell the students before you go?”
"I'm going to be very sad and missing everyone," he explained, but urged all of us to explore our options and find out what we’re really interested in, adding, “Be your own person; do what makes you happy! Everyone has the ability to achieve and succeed. If you believe, you will go far in life."
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