Kat Pastor: Now More than Ever!

Redefining Ready is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community exploring innovative topics, ideas, strategies, and philosophies in the evolving world of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are leaders in their fields who constantly seek to learn from others, collaborate, and apply their own experiences to truly distill best practices in the world of college and career readiness.

Kat Pastor of Flagstaff USD in Arizona joins the program to talk about the unique challenges facing her district (in general and during the COVID era), how the district managed the crisis this past spring, and what the district is prioritizing for this coming year. Flagstaff USD has a significant Indigenous American population (specifically from the Hopi and Navajo nations), and Kat discusses how school shut downs presented disproportionate challenges for these students both academically and in terms of access to important resources that the school system provides. We discuss how high school counseling has changed in the past decade plus, promoting equity in college and career readiness, and the importance of using the right data to guide your school counseling program. Kat’s commitment to her students is both admirable and inspirational. Tune in to listen to the whole interview!

About Kat Pastor

Katherine Pastor is a school counselor and department chair at Flagstaff High School in Northern Arizona. In 2016, Katherine was selected as the School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association. Before coming to Flagstaff High School, Katherine worked at Northern Arizona University as a Financial Aid Counselor and Coordinator of Student Employment, and in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Athletic Department.

Counseling at Flagstaff Unified School District

Mission Statement: The Flagstaff High School Student Services Office is founded on the principles of advocacy, leadership, collaboration, and systemic change through data informed practice. We are committed to developing and maintaining an environment where students will have equitable access to academic, college/career and social/emotional educational opportunities. Our comprehensive school counseling program will eliminate barriers and empower students to successfully reach higher toward their personal and academic potential. We work to build relationships using collaboration between school, family and community to help students acquire positive skills, attitudes and knowledge in order to improve attendance, behavior, and academic achievement.

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