Ms. Amanda Brace joins Ms. Chadowski and Mrs. Steele in the Guidance Office. In describing her goals for this school year Ms. Brace says, "I am very excited to be working with the Herald Family. I am looking forward to use both my school counseling and mental health experiences to support the families and students of Saint John School. I am glad to be home after being away for 10 years, to give back to the community who taught me so much about advocating for social justice. I am excited and grateful to work with the Herald community."
After just a couple of weeks Amanda has some initial impressions; family is the word that first comes to mind. I am a 2001 graduate of Saints John and Paul and being in the new building has felt comfortable and welcoming. I am looking forward to working with the faculty and staff of Saint John School! The students, faculty and staff have been very helpful and friendly.
Ms. Brace has worked for the past 10 ½ years as a clinical mental health counselor in private practice, she has experience working with people of all ages. She enjoys working with children, adults, and families using a creative, holistic, and systemic approach. Amanda has specialized in working with children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. A licensed school counselor and a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervisory designation (LPCC-S), she has presented at the local, state and national levels regarding bullying/cyberbullying, grief, and wellness.
Amanda grew up in Ashtabula and attended Kent State University for her undergraduate program in Early Childhood Education. and earned a Master’s of Education in School Counseling and an Educational Specialist Degree in Community Mental Health. She has received specialized training in helping children and adolescents work with learning disabilities, adjustment issues, and bullying (including cyberbullying).
Her parents, Dr. John ‘60 and Sandy Brace, and brother, John Brace Jr. ’03 also reside in Ashtabula. In her free time Amanda enjoys spending time with family, visiting local restaurants, and traveling.