Michelle Feucht

School Counselor

Kaukauna High School

1. What did you study in college?  Was your plan to enter the school counseling world?

At a young age I knew that I wanted to be a teacher.  While other little girls were playing Barbies, I was playing school.  I was thrilled when my teachers would give me any leftover teaching supplies and workbooks.  My dolls learned a lot!  During my senior year of high school, Beaver Dam School District hired me as a CO-OP student to work with all of the Special Education teachers in the district.  After this work experience I knew that working with students who struggled academically and emotionally was my future career.  I graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a degree in Special Education in 1996.  I did my student teaching at Kaukauna High School and was very blessed when the district hired my following graduation.  I graduated from UW-Oshkosh in 2001 with a Masters Degree in Special Education and continued my studies at Lakeland University earning a Masters Degree in Counseling in 2004.  In 2006 I moved from an EBD/at-risk teacher at Kaukauna High School to School Counselor because I wanted to impact  more students.  

2. What inspires you most about your job?

Students and families inspire me.  It is very rewarding to work with students and watch them mature, achieve, and move on to the next step in their life.  

3. What is the best part of what you do?

My day is never the same and I can always find something to smile about.  I work for a fantastic school district who supports our Pupil Services team and I have wonderful co-workers who are supportive of me.

4. How has being a member of WACAC helped you?

WACAC has helped me with being the best School Counselor that I can be.  The professional development WACAC provides has been very helpful in keeping me knowledgeable in the ever changing admissions world.  Being part of WACAC has supported me in working with high school students on post secondary options.  The WACAC annual conference is a great way to meet other WACAC members, but also learn more.  I also appreciate the recognition awards that WACAC offers.  I was nominated by a family for the WACAC High School Counseling Professional of the Year in 2015-2016, and the professional validation was very meaningful to me.

6. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

My favorite holiday tradition if, of course, food and family!  The traditional Christmas cookies and foods that have been passed among generations is very meaningful to me.  For the Feucht side--mettwurst on Christmas Eve (German sausage) and the Stofflet side my favorite Christmas cookie--the Sour Cream Cutout.  My makes 8-10 batches throughout the holiday season and they don't last long!  Our immediate family (husband Jeff, Makenna, Jaydn, and Trenton) celebrates Christmas morning with a stuffed french toast as a tradition.

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