Victor Baez

MA Counseling, specialization in School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Hometown

Encinitas, California

Expected Graduation Date

Spring 2018

What do you hope to do with your degree and credential, and why?

I hope to help opportunity youth build the social and academic skills to reach their fullest well-being and academic potential.

How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?

I heard of SOLES through a family member who also completed the school counseling program a few years back. I chose to pursue my degree at USD because of the connections the faculty has with the community and also because of the international component the program requires.

Tell us about any internships, graduate assistantships, student teaching, practicum or fieldwork you have done through SOLES. Where did you work, what did you do, and how did it impact you?

With the completion of my first year I was able to go out on the field and begin to get my foot through the door. I have completed practicum at Pepper Dr K-8. I will be working at Abraxas Continuation High School in the fall for my fieldwork. I also had the opportunity to work at Montgomery Middle School as a counseling coach under the supervision of Leslie Kehl a USD graduate. This site had the biggest impact on me as it allowed me the opportunity to put my newly acquired skills into practice with the Linda Vista community. The young teens at this school show a great deal of enthusiasm and willingness to overcome adversity which makes my experience rich and allows me to support them through guidance lessons and individual counseling.

Have you completed an international experience? What did you do?

I have completed two international experiences. I went to Tokyo, Japan and also Phnom Penh, Cambodia. At both of these Asian countries I was able to experience their educational experience. One country had a school counseling profession in place while the other had one in developing stages. Being able to learn of both cultures and customs was a great experience. Knowing that other countries do things differently and learn how they offer services to their community gave me a fresh take and fresh ideas to bring home and implement with our students and community.