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About Soito

soito family for websiteMy name is Vanessa Soito (soy-toe) but my school BFF’s just call me “Soito”.  I started off my career in education as a teacher for 5 years.  I quickly realized that when my students where upset or having a difficult day I wanted to be the one helping them but everything with education prevented that and frankly, even if I wanted to there was no time when you are managing a class.  I knew my 2nd year in education that I had to be a school counselor.  I quickly started my master classes and graduated with a Master’s in Counseling and Educational Psychology.  I am now (and for the past 10 years) an ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELOR with years of experience that I want to share with you.

This blog is about my reality.  I am the only school counselor in my elementary school of over 500 students.  Very rarely am I able to connect with my other counselor collegues – that is where you come in.  We can all work together – kind of- and share ideas that are FUN, CREATIVE and REALISTIC (the most important).

I have a budget of $0, my office is a closet and my caseload is huge.  Feel the same way??  I have yet to meet a school counselor that doesn’t.

My hope is that this blog will allow others in the field to connect, collaborate, and share ideas.


A couple of other cool facts about me:

  1.  I LOVE traveling to National Parks and Forests.  So far I have been to Acadia, Shenandoah, White Mountain National Forest, Yosemite and Sequoia.  With a hope of going to Yellowstone in 2017.

photo (2)2.  I have a chocolate lab named Ellie and she is a great dog.  I have never really been a dog person until she came into our lives.  Now I feel like I am one of those people who tells you story about how funny their dog was when they were sleeping.  I know it’s kind of annoying but look at how cute she is.




I hope you enjoy my website and all that I share.