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May 2, 2014

Griffin helps students achieve future goals

Callisburg — When walking into the office of Lisa Griffin, Callisburg middle school and high school counselor, one is met with a warm yet professional greeting in a relaxed atmosphere with positive thinking posters dotting the walls and an array of diplomas and certifications hanging unobtrusively behind a project filled desk.

 An experienced counselor for 11 years, Griffin looks forward to working with students and helping them to make good choices in reaching their goals. With masters degrees in special education and counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Griffin is well armed to face any challenges that come up on a daily basis.

  “I’m here for the kids and want to help them help themselves make good choices for their future,” Griffin said. “I look forward to helping Callisburg students achieve their goals and work through issues in their lives.”

“I have taught in some wonderful places,” Griffin said. “But when I interviewed at Callisburg Independent School District (CISD), I knew that this was a very special opportunity and I felt immediately at home.”

Not only has the job been rewarding for Griffin, she has been amazed by the talented students that walk the halls at the high school and middle school.

One such student is senior Cole Flanagan who plays violin with the Sherman Symphony and is poised for scholarships from Austin College and otherentities.

Griffin attended one of his concerts in Sherman recently and discovered that the musician is in high demand, judging from comments made by several administrators in attendance.

“Cole was one of only a couple of high school students playing with the symphony” she said. “No matter what college he attends, I know he will be successful.”

As part of her daily routine, Griffin looks outside the box to find scholarships and programs that will help her students find ways to achieve their goals.  One such student, Austin Wagner, urged by Griffin, applied for and received an Emerald Eagle Award from the University of North Texas which consists of a four year scholarship including tuition and housing.

“I never thought I would be able to achieve this,” Wagner said. “I filled out the application and followed the process and now I am going to college.”

Undecided yet as to his major, Wagner has narrowed it down to a variety of interests including  business, engineering or music.”

Although Griffin is a source for information for her students, she believes that it is the student’s job to step up to the plate and actively be a part in determining their choices.

I am a huge fan of LIFE and what it has in store for all of us,” she advised students on the CISD website. “Whether you are planning to go to college, the military, get a job or go to trade school, there are opportunities awaiting you. It is your job to seek it for yourself. I will be happy to help and guide you with dates to remember, scholarships to apply for and tests to prepare for.”

 With three of her own children, Corrine age 13, Max age 9 and Ian age 1, Griffin’s life is busy but that’s the way she likes it.

 

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