Greetings from RISCA President, Lisa Fontaine
I am excited to introduce myself to those who don’t already know me, and reconnect with those who I have had the privilege of getting to know in our shared work at RISCA! I have enjoyed my past two years as President Elect, have learned a lot about our organization and look forward to serving as your President for the next two years.
I am having trouble grappling with the idea that the 21-22 school year is already upon us. I hope you all had a restful, relaxing break and are enjoying the last precious days of summer. Once again, there remains some uncertainties surrounding the new school year and implementation of mask mandates. This past year has had its challenges for all of us and as I reflect on my own journey, I am comforted in the knowledge that I did not take this journey alone. Nor will any of us walk a lonely path into supporting our students this year.
In Las Vegas, at our annual ASCA conference, temperatures hit record breaking highs at 119 degrees and one of our colleagues so eloquently reminded us in their opening remarks with these words. “ Of course, we can take the heat; We are School Counselors, after all!” As we begin this year, please be reminded that you are part of a counseling community that recognizes your accomplishments and values your work. Remember your self care this year, and set realistic expectations so you can continue to be an amazing resource to your students.
I look forward to working with each and everyone of you!
President, Rhode Island School Counselor Association