Lisa Pynn

SCHOOL COUNSELOR
OF THE YEAR

Lisa Pynn

Alvord Continuation High School
Alvord USD
 

MESSAGE

“I am so honored, grateful, and humbled to receive this award. I would like to thank my colleagues at Alvord Continuation High School, including my partner in SHE is Me, Natasha Kohls, and my students over the past 30 years which made my job an absolute joy. I would also like to thank my family for supporting me and putting up with my long days and nights while working on various projects. Within the Alvord Unified School District, I have had the privilege of working beside some of the most remarkable educators in the state of California, and their knowledge and guidance shaped my asset-driven philosophy in working with young people. As I head into retirement, I will continue to work with Riverside County youth, including at-risk girls. Thank you so much for this award.”

SCHOOL COUNSELOR OF THE YEAR

Lisa Pynn
Alvord Continuation High School
Alvord USD

MESSAGE: “I am so honored, grateful, and humbled to receive this award. I would like to thank my colleagues at Alvord Continuation High School, including my partner in SHE is Me, Natasha Kohls, and my students over the past 30 years which made my job an absolute joy. I would also like to thank my family for supporting me and putting up with my long days and nights while working on various projects. Within the Alvord Unified School District, I have had the privilege of working beside some of the most remarkable educators in the state of California, and their knowledge and guidance shaped my asset-driven philosophy in working with young people. As I head into retirement, I will continue to work with Riverside County youth, including at-risk girls. Thank you so much for this award.”


Biography

Students thrive with guidance, and as a school counselor, Ms. Lisa Pynn works hard to ensure students are receiving the guidance they need. Her current goals for Alvord Continuation High School are focused on career and college readiness. One way she has created resources for students to succeed is by transforming a senior English class into one that teaches students career-building skills. Ms. Pynn’s counseling philosophy is finding “what is right in the student,” by taking difficult students and building upon their best parts rather than fixating on flaws. From her experience, students who have a positive self-image are more likely to treat others kindly and do well in life. Since Ms. Pynn started working at Alvord, graduation and attendance rates have increased and dropout rates have decreased. A colleague at Alvord has commented that “my teaching philosophy and feeling of social responsibility toward my students has been molded by the model set by Ms. Pynn.”