Current Job: Garden City High School
My name is Natasha Khan and I am a school counselor at Garden City High School, for the past 14 years. I am a proud graduate of St. John’s University, twice over, earning my Bachelors in Psychology as well as my Masters in School Counseling. I am extremely passionate about counseling, as this is a second career for me. Right after college, I worked in the non-profit sector of business, providing services for adults with developmental disabilities. Although I loved this field, I wanted to work with a younger population.
I have been a member of NCA for my entire career and for the past year, I have been the high school representative. During my first year, I served on the scholarship committee for Exemplary Practices, I sat on a committee for the CAP conference and with the help and support of our committee members, we launched the first high school counselor event. I love being a part of this committee as it keeps me abreast of the current issues in the school counseling field and I meet dedicated and passionate individuals that want to make a difference in the lives of students. I believe that NCA provides not only education for counselors, but support in a very demanding field.
Throughout my counseling career, I have been fortunate to work with amazing colleagues, students and families. I have coordinated events in my school such as motivational speakers, Rachel’s Challenge and for the past 6 years, Challenge Day. I have advised a number of clubs related to character development, bullying/harassment, community service and this year, I will implement a mindfulness group with a few colleagues for students. I have been studying mindfulness for some time and recently presented to counselors at the NYSSACA Conference in June 2017. I have found this practice to be beneficial not only to me personally, but in my practice working with teenagers. I believe in positivity, authenticity of self and do my best to be the best role model for my students. The one quote I use in every email correspondence, that is hanging on the wall in my office and one that I live by is from Mahatma Ghandi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”