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How Many Do You Have?

How many friends? Nope. How many awards? How about NO. How many wins? Not even close. How about I just tell you? YES!? OK, OK! How many super heroes do you have in your life? Seriously? Yes. 100%. I'm not talking about comic book super heroes. I'm talking about real life, super people who are heroes in their own right. Real heroes don't wear capes you know! (Well, they might...but that's really none of our business!!) Heroes, like your mom, your dad, your teacher, your preacher, your friend, your coach, your brother from another mother! Anyone who has had a positive impact on your life. I was incredibly fortunate to have several. And hey, it's your lucky day! I'm about to introduce you to one right now! I am so excited to introduce you to Chip, my school counselor! (If you are doing math right now please'll need a calculator for this one!) I met Chip in high school. We were very fortunate to have programs funded by the Osage County Coop enter our school system These brought us some incredible opportunitiess...and Chip! Chip was always so genuine. As a high school kid, it wasn't always obvious that adults cared about you but we always knew that Chip did. He had a knack for giving us advice without us knowing it! He was fun, cool AND we respected him. I look back at that now and recognize what a fine art that is and how he always nailed it. Plus, never once do I ever think of him that I don't envision a smile on his face. I have always wished that every kid could have Chip at their school as their counselor. BUT, I'm thinking, this is the next, best thing!! So how thrilled was I when Chip agreed to join our Initiative? A happy, excited scream would be a far better indicator than any words! So, without further ado, meet Chip!

I’m originally from Durant, Oklahoma. I’m a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. I went to college at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU.) Taught School as a Biology teacher for 10 years. Went to NSU (Northeastern State University in Tahlequah) for my masters in Guidance Counseling. I worked in Osage County Oklahoma as a counselor for two years. I came to the University of Wisconsin-Superior to teach American Indian Studies and as American Indian Student Services Coordinator. I taught at UW-Superior and Directed the Office of Multicultural Affairs for over 20 years. While at UW-S I went to post masters grad school in School Psychology. My life’s passion was and is to do whatever it takes to help disenfranchised students succeed in their educational endeavors. I retired from UW-Superior in 2016 as associate professor to pursue the next chapter of my career. I currently have come full circle and am back in

K-12 education as a guidance counselor at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe K-12 school. I am committed to helping Native American students along with every other student deal with the pitfalls in their lives, see higher education in their future, and be prepared when they get there.

So, why did Chip agree to join? I have very fond memories of my years in Osage County, add that to my already strong commitment to kids and there you have it.

We can't wait to hear Chip's Tips! Have a question for Chip? Email us at We can't promise that we will be able to answer all your questions but we can promise to do our best!



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