School counselor retires
January 16, 2020 By:MHS Piper
By: Brooklyn Flint
This year at McNary high school, 5 staff members are retiring. One of those members is counselor Kim Pittsley. Pittsley has worked has a counselor here at McNary for about 18 years.
Before working at McNary, Pittsley worked at Chemawa Indian school. “I actually started as a p.e. Teacher, and health, and I coached a lot of girl sports,” she said. When Pittsley was a kid, she knew she wanted to work in the education system.
Pittsley switched between a few schools here and there but then decided on staying at McNary. “My favorite part of working here at McNary is obviously the students. I really enjoy actual counseling and getting to know the students,” she said. Pittsley also enjoys helping the community of Keizer both inside and out of school. “I really enjoyed working all these years in different schools and I enjoy my job.”
Despite her love for McNary and counseling, Pittsley wishes there was more funding for counselors to help students with their mental health.
Pittsley still isn’t sure what she plans to do when she retires but stated, “I am ready for my next journey.”