School counselors


JC Siapno, Journalist

What Do School Counselors Do?

A school counselor’s job is to assist students with education. School counselors can help students develop social skills, study habits, and time management. They can also assist students with personal and interpersonal problems.



To train for school counseling, they must complete a master’s degree in either school counseling, psychology, or social work and obtain state certification, endorsement, or licensure to get employment. School counselors are required to renew their licensure every three to five years, depending on the state. To renew their licensure, they must continue education classes or professional development courses.


Charles Perryman

Charles Perryman began working in 2014 and took a year off in 2019-2020, so this is his 7th year. He does things like academic counseling and responsive services like Crises Counseling. His group work consists of academic groups, LGBTQ groups, boys’ social skills, and some duties assigned by the principal. Outside of Bowditch, he is the District Inclusion Team Lead.


Charles Neal

Charles Neal has been working at Bowditch since 2015. He only worked here half the week because he split his time between Bowditch and Borel and started working at Bowditch full-time in 2017.


“As a school counselor, my main job is to help support students with whatever questions or problems they might have. This could include academic, social, emotional, and behavioral issues. School counselors also work closely with teachers and families so that students are getting support both at school and at home. School Counselors also do things like supervision, run groups/clubs for students, present classroom lessons on specific topics, and lead student support meetings.” -Charles Neal.


Nan Hugelshofer

2021 is the first year that Nan Hugelshofer started working at Bowditch. Outside of school, she enjoys cooking, yoga, and painting. She has been a school counselor for six years, and her job looks different every day. Most of the time, she works one-on-one or in small groups to help students with their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.


“I enjoy working with students and feel grateful that they trust me with their hard problems or difficult feelings.” -Nan Hugelshofer.


When she’s not meeting with students, she’ll answer emails, make photocopies, or schedule meetings with parents and teachers.