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From left; Sadie Carrillo,8, and Cypress ...
From left; Sadie Carrillo,8, and Cypress Estrada, 10, had their faces painted to look like cats by Dawn Provencher, an Academy Del Sol counselor and Junior
From left; Sadie Carrillo,8, and Cypress Estrada, 10, had their faces painted to look like cats by Dawn Provencher, an Academy Del Sol counselor and Junior Optimist Club member, during the Untied Way of Otero County Barbecue for Change event at Alameda Park on Saturday. (Janessa Maxilom - Daily News )
A Day in the Life: Dawn ...
A Day in the Life: Dawn Provencher
Alamogordo Daily News
"If it wasn't for her
, I wouldn't be in school," a student said, as she
rolled around in her
school counselor's ergonomic, no-back "chair."
As Academy Del Sol High School's counselor, Dawn Provencher is responsible for several things, but she said she wanted to "help make this a place where kids like to go to school, so learning is a positive thing."
day with the first of two presentations for teachers about the new rules for testing held this week.
Within a few minutes after stepping into her
spoke with a student's employer about some potential problems in the student's work environment.
told a student they did exactly what they should have done by reporting their concerns and she
would handle the situation.
"I wanted them to think I was a nut from the school, not a nut off the streets," she
said about first notifying the student's employer.
"I want my girls to feel safe at work."
And within a few minutes, she
was already planning to meet and mediate a conflict between two students.
Once the two students were in her
Texas accent added to her
glasses hunged almost at the tip of her
nose while she
spoke about respect.
tries to make the school a positive place and make sure students understand that she
and administrators know what is going on with students.
Throughout the day, she
door open for students and teachers.
The second student said Provencher
"goes above and beyond, and she'll pick you up if you can't get a ride to school."
"I love that lady," the third sitting in her
"chair," said smiling.
The second student said Dawn
was the aunt she
"Well, thank you, for not saying grandmother," Dawn said, once she
was back from her
said the hardest part about her
job is when she
gets the students who arrive late to the school some are seniors.
main goal is to help students be successful in school, meaning graduation.
"Greatest school ever, very misunderstood school and misunderstood students," she
"They are not bad kids, they are wonderful kids."
She was a counselor for six years in Cloudcroft and worked with Alamogordo Public Schools for many years prior to that.
She has a bachelor's degree in social work and two master's degrees in education guidance and counseling and social work.
In addition to being a member of the Optimist Club and a third-party voter registrar, she teaches Introduction to Social Work twice a week at NMSU-A and teaches a sociology class at Holloman Air Force Base once a week.
She was a child-welfare investigator for more than 13 years in Texas and Georgia, worked for public health, mental healt and private practice.
then began in education and stayed there.
helped enroll the 40 students in the dual-credit program with New Mexico State University-Alamogordo at Academy Del Sol.
"They were difficult to write," counselor ...
"They were difficult to write," counselor Dawn Provencher said.
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Dawn Provencher, a counselor ...
Dawn Provencher, a counselor at Academy del Sol in Alamogordo, gave a presentation on the dangers of synthetic pot and its cousin, bath salts, at the school Tuesday night.
"I'm familiar with marijuana," Provencher
"This is not, to me, like marijuana."
said synthetic marijuana was invented by a chemist experimenting with ways to provide cancer patients with relief from the side effects of chemotherapy.
said the presentation Tuesday night was "information that we need, and I'm afraid it is information that we don't always have."
A boy in the crowd Tuesday night said he
ended up in the hospital and, later, a drug rehabilitation facility after smoking synthetic cannabis.
"Basically, it scared the (crap) out of me," the boy said, adding that the world became "like I was in a cartoon" and he
experienced a death-like state.
"I don't want my kids experiencing any of these things," Provencher