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Spirit of the Mustang - January 2016

Submitted by andrea.pond on Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:45
Hilary Miner

I have had the opportunity to work with Flora since I started working for Mr. Daybell, but it wasn’t until I became a tracker that I was able to work closely with Flora and get to know her on a personal basis.  What I was able to observe while working with Flora is how dedicated she is to the faculty and the students who are at the school.  She truly cares about the well-being of everyone and wants to make sure everyone is successful and happy in what they are doing.  I know a lot of people respect her and turn to her when they are having a bad day or need help with an issue they are facing.  I have had individuals that I worked with, when they were having a bad day, say “I need some counseling, I’m going to go talk to Flora”.  When I would see them later they would be in a noticeably better mood and would express how much they appreciated Flora and her willingness to listen to and help them. 

When I worked as a tracker, Flora was the counselor that I worked the most closely with.  We would meet regularly and discuss the students who needed our help.  She always wanted to find the best solution for each individual student and would do everything that she could possibly do to help a student succeed.  Unfortunately, not every student is as successful as we would like them to be, and in those situations Flora would always say “you can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”. Flora did everything in her power to try and persuade the students to “drink”, she really is dedicated to the students here and to their success.

On a personal note, I have a lot to be thankful for in terms of Flora and things she has done for me.  If any of you would like to know my life plan, where I am at and what I am doing, just ask Flora as she is the one planning it all out for me, apparently I have not done a good job of handling that myself so she has taken the reigns J I joke about it, but I am grateful for Flora.  Literally, I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for her.  I am going to miss going in to her office and chatting with her, as I am one of the individuals who took advantage of her counseling skills, and l will miss listening to her stories and experiences.  If none of you have ever taken the opportunity to stop by her office and talk to her, I highly recommend you do so, you will leave feeling a lot better about yourself, your job, and just life in general.  She tries to say she isn’t a critical member of the faculty at the Jr. high, but don’t let her fool you, things won’t be the same at the school when she retires.  I am glad that I had the opportunity to work with and get to know Flora as my interactions with her have definitely changed my life for the better.