The Sachem Central School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Latisa Graham as the new director of guidance–college and career counseling following an extensive interview and screening process.
Mrs. Graham joins Sachem from the Hempstead Union Free School District where she served as a guidance counselor for 17 years at Hempstead High School. During her time there, Mrs. Graham was selected as a member of the Intervention Support Team, where she assessed the response to intervention for all students and organized and reviewed behavior intervention plans to help students maintain academic progress. Additionally, Mrs. Graham organized and implemented character education modules into semester classes, organized college tours and visits from college representatives to increase student knowledge of the college admission process and administered career planning, college placement and scholarship attainment.
Prior to her accomplished career as a guidance counselor, Mrs. Graham worked as an English teacher in the Westinghouse Evening High School for two years and at Hempstead High School for four years.
Among her abundant academic accolades, Mrs. Graham earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary English education from LIU Post, a Master of Science degree in education, an advanced certificate with a concentration in guidance counseling from the City University of New York Brooklyn College and an advanced certificate in education administration at The College of Saint Rose.
“I see my role as one that has transformed drastically throughout the years to meet the demands of a changing world,” Mrs. Graham said. “My title is one that is all inclusive, as one who advocates for students, works with teachers, administrators, parents and community members to provide the necessary academic, social, personal, mental, college and career development. It is my desire as director to inspire, collaborate, advocate and support counselors and students alike toward their full potential, to meet the challenges and rigor of our mandates, as well as to celebrate every victory, may it be small or large, along the way.”