New guidance counselor joins PHS

By Zurie Pope - Smoke Signals staff writer



PIQUA — Kate Schulze, who has recently joined Piqua High School as a guidance counselor, is thrilled to continue counseling by bringing with her years of dedication and experience. This year marks her third counseling, having spent two years at Lyman Catholic High School.

She graduated from New Bremer High School and received her bachelor’s from Heidelberg University. Fascination with academia is a trait carried throughout the Schulze family. Her mother was a Language Arts teacher in various elementary schools across Ohio, and this interest in education and tutelage continued with her daughter. When asked why she pursued counseling and not teaching she said, “I was born to be a counselor, not a teacher.”

But her career has been nothing if not rewarding, and being able to have hands on discussions and dialogues with students allows her to have an understanding of each young man and woman that enters her office, enabling her to better know what they need for success.

“I love working with students,” she said, and her rapport with them certainly proves it. When asked what the most rewarding aspect of her job was, she said, “Getting to see my students succeed.”

However not every aspect of the job is perfect. When asked about the most difficult aspect of the job, she said, “Having to follow state rules, when they don’t always align with what I believe in.” Counseling is a difficult job, and when asked what traits one must have to pursue this career, she said, “Kindness, caring, understanding, and an easygoing attitude.”

She continues to work hard though, and her final comment was: “I have loved my transition here at Piqua High School.”


By Zurie Pope

Smoke Signals staff writer