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Molly McClenathan

K-8 School Counselor

Bachelor of Arts, Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University; Master of Education, University of Dayton

 

Ms. McClenathan is the K-8 school counselor and has been with Great River Connections Academy since 2018. Ms. McClenathan shares more below.

Why I Became a Counselor

When I was studying at The Ohio State University, I knew I enjoyed working with kids, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was coaching middle school cheerleading throughout college and often found my athletes asking for guidance on friendship conflicts, study skills, and self-esteem. That's when it clicked—I should be a school counselor! After graduating, I ended up getting a job at the school where I had coached working with students with disabilities. I worked in special education for about 3.5 years while I was in graduate school for school counseling. Then, I came to Great River Connections Academy!

 

The Benefits of K–12 Online Learning

I love that I can connect with students from all over the state! It provides Great River Connections Academy with a diverse and unique group of students.

I work to foster engagement with my students by providing opportunities for them to connect. I do this by hosting many LiveLesson® sessions, small groups, parent sessions, school-wide initiatives, and recess LiveLesson® sessions for socialization. I try to incorporate fun games and diverse activities in my lessons to help all students learn based on their learning style. This unique style of learning helps prepare students for the tech filled future ahead of them!

My Interests

When I am not in the office, you can find me crafting or doing something active! I enjoy crocheting, painting, and using my creativity to craft. I have a love for running—I have run 5 half marathons! On the weekends, I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

I love the work I am able to do in this unique learning environment to provide the social and emotional support that all students need.

— Ms. McClenathan
 
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