LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Christine Reilly

Position: Guidance Counselor - Coghlin Construction Academy
School: Worcester Technical High School
School District: Worcester Public Schools
City, State: Worcester, MA

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Christine Reilly's nominator wished to remain anonymous

Mrs. Reilly has worked in the Worcester Public School System for over 23 years, working with students on a daily basis. She has worked her way up over the years, gaining experience as an adjustment counselor before serving as a guidance counselor. She has always had a knack for working with people, and more specifically, working with kids. Mrs. Reilly has a personality that people naturally gravitate towards.

In her role, Mrs. Reilly spends her days working with students, managing scheduling issues, meeting with parents, ensuring student safety, assisting with college prep, comforting students, and everything in between. The guidance department at Worcester Tech does more than just assist with college/career readiness - they are vital members of the education team. They help students in the areas of achievement, ensuring they become productive, well-adjusted adults.

Mrs. Reilly is a giver; she is someone who is always willing to go the extra mile for anyone in need. She is kind and understanding, and she makes everyone feel welcomed. On several occasions, Mrs. Reilly has purchased cards or small gifts for students going through a tough time, just to make their day a little brighter. This kind of gesture is so thoughtful and makes people feel so special. With a case load of over 300 students, it can be difficult to meet with each student individually, but Mrs. Reilly does her best to get to know them on a personal level.

Mrs. Reilly is an educator who students trust and feel comfortable confiding in with sensitive issues. Students often return after graduating to pop in and say hello or tell her about their new experiences. She is more than just a guidance counselor; she is a kind word and a listening ear. Like most jobs, some days are more difficult than others, especially situations when a student’s safety is in danger. Although it can be a stressful position at times, Mrs. Reilly approaches every situation with a calm demeanor and a logical mindset. She works with families and colleagues to figure out the best situation for each individual. No matter what, she is there every step of the way, supporting students however she can.  

"Mrs. Reilly is a fun-loving individual who has worked extremely hard to get to where she is today.  Sometimes it takes just one person to believe in a student for them to succeed. Mrs. Reilly makes a difference every day and truly deserves to be recognized as a LifeChanger," her nominator said.