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Teresa Anthony Joins USD 507 as District Counselor

By Claudia Jones

Teresa Anthony is the new school counselor for the USD 507 school district. Before starting her new career, Anthony had been an active member of the Satanta Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization and had served as a school board member for the district for the past 10 years. For the past 20 years she and her husband Kelly Anthony have lived in Satanta and have been active in the community.

As a child, she grew up in Wichita and went to Andover schools. She then went to college in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at Mid-America Christian University (MACU). Anthony received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Theology at MACU and later obtained her master's degree from Emporia State University. Before she started her career in counseling, Anthony started out as an elementary classroom. Then, for the past several years, she served as a home visitor for Russell Childhood Development where she provided early intervention programs to children and families in Southwest Kansas.

As the new USD 507 school counselor, Anthony is very excited to be working with the students and staff. Working in a smaller school, Anthony very appreciates the small town characteristics. She says, “In a small school, you have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of programs and activities than you would ever have in a larger district, and as a community in a small town when a tragedy happens you are surrounded by people who know you and care and can help you heal.”

As the new counselor, Mrs. Anthony handles new challenges daily. She enjoys getting to help the kids in ways she never been able to before. There have been challenges in learning how to navigate through different scheduling issues and reporting processes required by the state, but Anthony is learning the ropes at work very quickly and is very passionate about her work.

When asked her educational philosophy, Anthony said: “You are what you repeatedly do; therefore, excellence ought to be a habit.  There are several people who claim ownership for that quote, but I love the message it portrays. I want kids to be the best they can be and have the brightest futures possible.  If they strive for excellence in all they do, the results will be positive! There are many people who have a stacked deck against them, and it is super hard for them to see any possibility to rise above their circumstances.  But, I firmly believe that if we strive for excellence in all we do – whether it be school, work, our jobs, our marriages, as parents, in sports – whatever… instead of just doing what we think we can get away with, the results will be positive.  We cannot expect good grades without putting in the work, we cannot expect state championships without giving our all at each practice, we cannot expect healthy marriages without putting in the time and effort, we should not expect promotions at work without putting in our due diligence at the bottom rung of the ladder and earning our way up!” Anthony says. As the new counselor, Mrs. Anthony has already become an integral part of the staff.