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Guidance Department Blog and Announcements

  • Welcome new counselors!

    The Guidance Department has two new school counselors and we are excited to have them here at Queens Tech!

    Please welcome...

    Ms. Mejia-Juan 

    Counselor for graphic arts, plumbing, and our second college and career counselor

    Ms. Rodriguez

    Counselor for electrical installation 

    Guidance Department

Who are the QT counselors?

Ms. Bautista

School of Entrepreneurial Studies- Cosmetology and Multimedia Counselor

  

Ms. Bautista grew-up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and now lives in Nassau County, Long Island. She has a Bachelor's in Psychology and Human Services from St. Joseph’s College. Ms. Bautista also has her MS in School Counseling in K-12 from Mercy College and also has her Bilingual School Counselor License in K-12. Her education and training are based on the American School Counselor’s Association’s (ASCA) National Model and the Strengths-Based School-Counseling framework.

Ms. Bautista loves being part of encouraging future generations to pursue, embrace, and find a passion that not only changes the way they think but the way the world thinks. She has a special interest in giving back to the community, therefore, she looks forward to working with students by assisting them academically and helping them find their place within the school community. In addition, Ms. Bautista finds that the most rewarding part about being a school counselor is the connection she builds with her students, and the guidance she is able to provide when they need it the most. As a school counselor, Ms. Bautista tries to make an impact in the lives of students by showing them the importance of education in order to prosper and succeed in future endeavors. However, she also emphasis that students need to be happy and healthy so they can perform at their peak and at their best capacity. Some topics that Ms. Bautista enjoys learning about with her students is about love, healing, and hope.

During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, and friends, shopping, and traveling the world.

  
 

Ms. Mualem

School of Computer Engineering Technologies- Pre-engineering and Computer Tech. Counselor

  

Ms. Mualem holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Beloit College in Wisconsin and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from New York University.

Ms. M is dedicated to helping students through their struggles to improve academic skills and attain social-emotional growth. She considers herself an excellent listener, thoughtful and approachable, as well as being empathetic, validating, challenging, straightforward and genuine. She encourages students to share their stories while working collaboratively to identify obstacles, which prevent them from reaching their full potential. A big believer in the power of peer support, Ms. M has vast experience in establishing small groups dealing with topics such as anxiety, peer relations and self-esteem, providing support, insight and relief in a safe, confidential and caring environment.

Possessing a thorough understanding of the importance of a partnership amongst family, school and community in developing a truly effective plan to enhance the student’s experience, Ms. M is committed to promoting teamwork while supporting the students and their families.

Through her extensive travels, Ms. M developed a great appreciation and respect for different cultures, languages and traditions. She loves all things outdoors, especially when it involves water or mountains, adrenaline spiking sports, film, crossword puzzles, experimenting in the kitchen and video editing. Yet her biggest pleasure, still remains, hanging around with family and friends, chatting, eating and feeling good vibes.

 

Ms. Vasquez

School of Exploration and Discovery Counselor

  

Ms. Vasquez split her childhood between Queens, NY and Nassau County, Long Island. She attended public school all her life and always wanted to give back to the school system that nurtured her.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Stony Brook University in Anthropology and a Master's Degree in Bilingual Counselor Education from Queens College.  Ms. Vasquez always enjoyed learning about human history, culture, and the arts. 

She has been a counselor for NYC since 2011 and has been the 9th grade counselor at Queens Technical High School since 2015.  She loves working with teens and believes that at this important age, a lot of big, positive changes can be made!  Ms. Vasquez believes every child has a talent into bring this world and it is our job as educators to help develop that talent.  

When she's not at Queens Tech., Ms. Vasquez loves to dance! She is a professional salsa dancer and has traveled around the country performing and dancing with people form all over the world.  She also coaches the QT Dance Team, which always performs in the annual QT Talent Show.  Ms. Vasquez also loves to go to the beach, travel, and play with her dog Monty!

In addition to email and phone, you can text Ms. Vasquez at  https://www.remind.com/join/h66e6f 

 

Ms. Mejia-Juan

Graphic Arts, Plumbing, and our second College and Career Counselor

Bio coming soon...

 

Ms. Rodriguez

Electrical Installation Counselor

Bio coming soon...

 

The Guidance Blog

      How many times a day do you find yourself checking your phone? 

      When I think about it myself, I'm amazed to realize that it's probably a minimum of 50 times a day.  To put that in writing, makes it sound pretty nuts!  Then I think about our students with their still developing brains and complex adolescent biology, emotions, and peer relationships and I can't help but wonder how this much screen time and technology is affecting them.  How much is too much and when does it cross the line to an addiction?  Read below to find out a little more...

      - Ms. Vasquez

hildmind.org/blog/kids-tech-addicts

Are Our Kids Tech Addicts?

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Is it okay to text someone to invite them to the prom? To break up with someone by text?

Texting has become the preferred mode of communication for this generation of teenagers, the experts at the Child Mind Institute’s Spring Luncheon agreed, and it has some serious drawbacks, illustrated by the not-hypothetical examples above.

The subject of the luncheon was how technology is affecting our children and family life. Ali Wentworth, comedian, actor and moderator of the event, kicked things off by saying, “I’m a basic, relatable mom. And I have two kids who, I fear, are addicted to social media and their phones.”

Catherine Steiner-Adair, psychologist and author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, noted that whether or not the addiction model applies to technology, there’s no question that we are all psychologically dependent on our phones. These devices are so neurologically stimulating that we start to crave them, to miss them if we haven’t checked them lately. “We feel separation anxiety if we are not connected to our phones,” she added.

As to the drawbacks of communicating by text and email, Dr. Steiner-Adair noted that we don’t hear tone of voice, or see the impact of our words on the other person. And this has been linked to a drop in empathy and failure to develop social/emotional skills in this generation of adolescents.

Dr. David Anderson, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute and the panel’s other expert, noted that the impact on healthy development is related to how much time kids spend on screens. “When there are decreases in interpersonal skills it tends to be in people using them the most, or using devices in place of other things, ” he explained.

Dr. Anderson cited research that found that for kids who spent less than a third of their free time on screens, it’s actually mental health positive. “It’s a way of relaxing, it’s a way of connecting, taking stock of news of the day, news of your friends.” But for kids who are on screens more than two-thirds of their time, he said, it was mental health negative — resulting in decreases in pro-social skills and empathy, and an increase in depression and anxiety.

Among the topics of spirited debate was kids multitasking. Wentworth described finding her daughter, the evening before, doing her homework on one screen, texting on another, with Gilmore Girls playing on a third. “I have ADHD,” her daughter explained. “This is how I do my homework.”

Whether or not they have ADHD, Dr. Steiner-Adair noted, kids now are habituated to having a great deal of stimulation. “It’s hard to keep your mind focused and quiet on one thing,” she said, and she thinks it’s a very important thing to learn. When kids have three screens on at a time they’re not developing the ability to focus. “What I say to kids is, ‘You’re the boss of your brain. Your capacity to do one thing at a time is so important for creativity, for whatever you want to do.’ ”

Dr. Steiner-Adair urges parents to talk to kids about protecting themselves neurologically, about the importance of nurturing the capacity for creativity, for deep focus, for solitude. “One of the biggest losses we’ve seen in this generation in the last 10 years — and this is critical for human beings — is the capacity for solitude, to be quiet with yourself.”

The experts agreed that a no-devices rule is imperative for the dinner table — but adults have to follow the rule, as well as kids. And there was heated discussion of the pros and cons of taking away phones as a form of punishment. Wentworth copped to using it, as the only thing that seemed to get a serious reaction from her daughters. Dr. Anderson noted that “the effectiveness of punishment is not based on the level of emotional stress that it causes,” and he encouraged parents to have other alternatives in the arsenal — to keep the phone from being “forbidden fruit” — and to put more stress on recognizing and praising desirable behavior. Dr. Steiner-Adair noted that taking the phone away does send the message that corrective action is needed, and it has one other upside: “Kids actually learn that it doesn’t kill them.”

 

Opportunities for Students

HIP HOP YOUTH RESEARCH & ACTIVISM CONFERENCE

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Thursday, June 6th, 2019

9:30am- 3:30pm

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

 

The Hip Hop Youth Research and Activism (HHYRA) community celebrates youth who are connected to Hip Hop, committed to social change, and unapologetically expressive in their art forms. We aim to decrease the use of stereotyping and unconscious biases, increase unity by building community, and show how Hip Hop has influenced people to speak out and create change.

The HHYRA Conference brings together youth from diverse communities for a day of workshops, dialogues, and interactions that revolve around the ideas of Hip Hop and social justice. The conference will take place on June 6, 2019 at Rutgers University- New Brunswick and will feature workshops and presentations led by high school and college students whose proposals were reviewed and accepted by the HHYRA Youth Leadership Council.

HHYRA mentors support the youth organizers of the conference as well as conference presenters as they develop skills in organizing, leading, teaching, and community-building. These mentors represent a range of experiences and backgrounds, including community activists, teaching artists, educators, professors and graduate students.

 https://sites.google.com/view/hhyraconference/registration

Need to know- Anxiety

Dear families and students,

Do you ever feel so worried and stressed it derails your whole day?  Or avoid social situations for fear of being judged or embarrassed?  Maybe you have recurring nightmares or flashbacks of something that happened in the past.  All of these things are linked to what we call anxiety.  Anxiety can get so bad it stops us right in our tracks and stops us from living a normal life. 

Please visit the website below to read more about anxiety (disponible en espanol).

https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/anxiety.html 

If you feel your child may be suffering from anxiety, please contact their counselor.  Ms. Mualem runs an anxiety group for students every week and our Western Queens team can help by providing counseling to your child in or out of school.  We are here to help!

-The QT Counselors   

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Need more help or information for your child?

Contact one of our Western Queens Consultation Center Counselors in Room 213