LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Alison Guerra

Position: School Counselor - Grades 6-8
School: Mayberry Cultural and Fine Arts Magnet School
School District: Wichita Public Schools
City, State: Wichita , KS

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Alison Guerra was nominated by a colleague, Judy Jones.

Ms. Guerra's work has had an impact on students and staff alike. She advocates for all of her students academically, socially, and emotionally, scheduling each student one by one to try to give them classes of choice and interventions whenever necessary. She mentors students and meets with many of them weekly, organizing tutoring for students in need, and often tutoring them herself. Ms. Guerra also provides students with career training and helps tackle bullying at her school. She provides supplies for students out of her own pocket and sponsors a yearly Halloween dance to earn money to buy food and snacks for hungry students. She also organizes food drives for families in need, as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and gifts, and a toy drive for Wichita's Children's Home.

Ms. Guerra is often called upon to engage in crisis interventions with students and suicide protocols. She recruits for High Schools, organizing a day when all city high schools can come to speak to the eighth graders. She also makes hallway bulletin boards which include student birthdays, upcoming school events, tutoring, students' information, and more.

As a veteran teacher, Ms. Guerra is deeply invested in Mayberry and is always willing to help with the overall vision for her school. She is currently serving on the Leadership Team, Child Study Team, Magnet Team, AVID Team, Crisis Team, Social Committee, Master Schedule Committee, and Building Committee. She is always willing to help out with Grade (GPA) checks for the AVID classes and for the coaches. Ms Guerra also helps the Child Study Team write behavior plans for students and will often put herself in the plan as a place for them to go when in need

"Alison is our biggest fan! She advocates for the faculty and staff without fail. She often stops what she is doing so that we can go in for some 'Guerrapy.' Alison is willing to cover classes for teachers and to even help them plan," Jones said.

Ms. Guerra organizes the teacher work room and keeps it properly supplied. She also puts together Teacher Appreciation Week and recognizes teachers and staff for birthdays, often leaving a nice note to brighten her colleagues' day. Additionally, she organizes staff luncheons with a variety of themes, and puts together meals, visitations, and food for staff members in need.

"In closing, I just want to say that in this day and age, I am so glad that Alison is here to offer her support to the students, school, and staff. She has truly been a LifeChanger," Jones said.