VanDevender’s Bixman Receives Advisor of the Year Honor in West Virginia | News, Sports, Jobs
PARKERSBURG – A Wood County Middle School Trustee has been named West Virginia Middle School Trustee of the Year for 2021.
Christy Bixman, the counselor at VanDevender Middle School in Parkersburg, is very excited, but also takes charge.
“It is a great honor to represent Wood County for the State of West Virginia”, she said.
Bixman said she spends her day providing counseling to her middle school students, who number around 375. These tasks include counseling in small groups to help, for example, those with anxiety issues and those with anxiety. help get the tools to deal with it. These groups are made up of about six to eight students.
Bixman also offers individual counseling and comprehensive school counseling with classes for the entire student body to help them learn social and emotional skills, for example. The lessons include self-awareness, time management, and decision-making skills, Bixman said.
It was Bixman’s daily routine that caused her to be surprised to have won the award.
“I was surprised to be nominated. I come to work and do what is best for my students. It feels good to be recognized for my work. he said.
Originally from Parkersburg, Bixman attended Parkersburg Catholic High School, where she graduated in 2001. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of West Virginia in 2005. She also received her Masters in Counseling from WVU. in 2007.
“It’s something I wanted to do. I have always been a friend with whom people came to see me to help them with their problems ”, Bixman has spoken about his decision to consult.
Her first job as a college counselor came at North Bethesda, Maryland, Middle School.
Bixman said she provides many of the services there that she offers at VanDevender. She worked there from 2007 to 2012 when she joined VanDevender.
Additionally, Bixman said that in order to win the award, one must be nominated, with school goals and student support goals being the award-winning criteria. The nominee must also obtain letters from a colleague, principal and parent of the student.
In her spare time, Bixman said she belonged to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Parkersburg. She said she is involved in a mothers’ group that provides dinner for the homeless at the Latrobe Street Mission, also in Parkersburg. And his group, Bixman said, is also providing Christmas gifts to needy families.
Bixman also said she enjoys spending time with her family. She has a son and daughter, Landon Bixman, 9, who plays basketball for Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School, Emerson, 4. Both children swim for the Parkersburg Sharks swim team and both attend PCES.
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