As an undergraduate Psychology student at Purdue University, Ashley Bunn, M.S. Ed, worked one-on-one with children struggling with autism and other developmental disabilities, as well as foster youth. She always knew she wanted to work with children, and that experience made it official.
"I knew I had to get my degree and license in school counseling," Bunn said. "I get to do what I've always wanted by helping kids who are going through rough times and also help children develop resiliency skills so that they are better prepared when they hit those rough times."
After graduation, Bunn went on to Indiana University, where she received a Master of Science in Education, School Counseling. This is her first year at Canterbury, where she serves as the school counselor for PreK through Grade 8. Dr. Tamara Lombard, who was in the position last school year, will now serve as Canterbury High School's counselor.
Bunn said she's already impressed with the Canterbury community.
"I love that the students, parents, and staff have all been so welcoming," she said. "I also love the positive school culture and climate. I can see why students love being here and why staff work here for a long time."
Being a school counselor can certainly be a tough job, but Bunn said it's incredibly rewarding.
"Hearing and seeing what students sometimes experience really melts your heart," Bunn said. "Being able to be that support for a student in that moment and seeing them use the skills they have learned is super rewarding."
Bunn's enthusiasm for the Canterbury community is undeniable, and she has high hopes for her first year here.
"I want to develop an effective counseling program where students, staff, and parents are supported."