Faces to Names: Meet CalPac Lead Counselor, Jennifer Byus
CalPac students enjoy an online, tuition-free, flexible learning program that’s personalized to their strengths, passions, and goals. The program is made possible by the many staff members and educators who dedicate their careers to helping our students succeed.
One of our longest tenured team members is student services/AVID coordinator and lead guidance counselor, Jennifer Byus, who has been with us since 2009. Jennifer helps ensure all of our students have access to the friendly guidance counseling they need in order to make the most of our program. Learn a little more about her in this short Q&A.
Where are you from?
Southern California, born and raised.
What led you to make school counseling your career?
In high school, I thought I wanted to be an English teacher. After earning an AA from Irvine Valley College, I realized it wasn’t for me. I then got into social work and transferred to Cal State Monterey Bay, where I earned my bachelor’s degree. I again realized that I had chosen a path I did not want to pursue, so I went back to school once more to find my passion.
I considered everything from interior design to psychology, until I asked the girl sitting next to me what she was majoring in, and she said school counseling. It immediately hit me that counseling was my calling. It was the perfect combination of everything I was interested in. I ended up getting a degree from a great counseling program at Chapman University, followed by a counseling job in Huntington Beach before coming here to CalPac.
What is your role at CalPac?
Being a counselor means being a jack-of-all-trades. I’m one of the first people students and their parents speak with after they enroll at CalPac. I answer all of their questions, help them choose their classes, and most importantly, personalize our program to their goals so they are in a position to succeed in their future endeavors after high school.
What do you love most about your job?
I love being the one to make students believe they can accomplish their goals. When I was young, I had someone tell me my goals were too lofty, and I realize now how discouraging that was at the time. A big part of our job as counselors is to be cheerleaders for our students and encourage them to become the very best versions of themselves. I also love that no two days are alike. Even having been here nearly a decade, the job always keeps me on my toes.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Traveling is definitely my favorite pastime. I like seeing new places, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures. I believe that you can gain wonderful characteristics from other people. I appreciate the world around me and am always trying to understand people.
We thank Jennifer for all that she does to embody and enhance the CalPac experience. For more information about flexible learning at CalPac, click here.