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New counselor hired at Indian Creek Middle School

MINGO JUNCTION — Indian Creek Middle School has a new counselor on board to help students achieve personal and educational success.

Cary Smith began her duties in October and said she has many ideas to support the student body’s needs.

Smith, of New Philadelphia, is a 2003 graduate of Dover High School graduate and received her bachelor of science degree in art education from Kent State University and master’s degree in school counseling from Malone College in 2017. Smith most recently worked at Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School, where she served from 2018-20.

“I decided to become a school counselor because I wanted to help kids who don’t have confidence to do what they could achieve,” she said. “I always wanted to make them feel like someone was cheering them on.”

Among her goals are to build student relationships and provide mechanisms to help the youth cope with their feelings. One idea is to someday begin small lunch groups for each grade so students could interact and establish further rapport.

“I want to do a project with conflict resolution to help kids address anger in healthy ways, and one day I want to introduce calming caddies with stress balls, coloring page and things to help with coping skills to deal with anxiety.”

She provided calming caddies during an internship and said they proved to be quite helpful, plus she is looking at other ideas to intervene and help reduce absenteeism among students.

Meanwhile, Smith said she is enjoying her new place at ICMS.

“I always wanted to be in a school and I always to work with kids,” she said. “I love it. I like that all of the staff has been welcoming to me and the kids have been well-behaved and welcoming as well.”

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