Staff Spotlight - Lauren Joworisak
Every year, teachers and educational professionals from each Freehold Regional High School District school are selected to be honored in the Monmouth County Governor's Educator of the Year Program. We are recognizing each of the 2022-2023 recipients in a Staff Spotlight series. First, we are highlighting Lauren Joworisak, a school counselor at Colts Neck High School.
Ms. Joworisak began her educational career as a high school psychology teacher. Believing that she could have a greater impact on students working with them individually, Ms. Joworisak earned a school counseling degree, eventually finding her home at Colts Neck High School. In addition to her school counseling responsibilities, Ms. Joworisak advises the Teens Teach Coding Club, Cybersecurity Club, and Peer Mentoring Program. At a district level, she is a member of the Guidance PLC and works with the College Application Boot Camp over the summer. She was recently selected as Colts Neck's 2022-2023 Educational Professional of the Year.
"I [was] extremely honored to be selected for this award. I’m fortunate to work in a district that places a high value on the role of school counselors and to feel supported by administration, my supervisor, department, and colleagues," Ms. Joworisak said.
When asked about what she likes best about being a school counselor, Ms. Joworisak said being able to make an impact on the lives of the students each day.
"As a school counselor, I am able to support students in several capacities. Whether they are facing personal, home, or school issues, I am able to provide a listening ear and assist students while working through challenges. I enjoy working with students through the college application process and career development. My proudest accomplishments include being able to provide a safe space for students, building a strong rapport with them, and playing a large role in their college application process," Ms. Joworisak described.
Her advice to new staff members or individuals considering a career in education is to do the best that you can every day.
"Some days are harder than others, but if you look for the good you will find it. While challenging at times, this job is also the most rewarding and fulfilling position. You may never know how your efforts affected another person's life and the lasting impression you leave on them," Ms. Joworisak reflected.