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National School Counseling Week Spotlight: Emily Johnson

 Emily Johnson

National School Counseling Week is being celebrated Feb. 1-5.

In the spirit of School Counseling Week, let's get to know Emily Johnson, school counselor for grades 7-9, a little bit better: 

Name: Emily Johnson.

Years at Marion:  12 years.

Years as school counselor: 12 years (I did my internship at Palmyra-Macedon High School in 2007-2008 school year and then came to Marion in 2008-2009).

College education (undergrad/graduate): I completed two years at SUNY Albany then transferred to SUNY Geneseo, where I received my BA in Psychology. I completed my Masters and Certificate of Advanced Studies at Roberts Wesleyan.

Hometown: Fairport, NY (“Once a Raider, Always a Raider!”)

I became a school counselor because: I became a school counselor because I wanted to be sure that every student had an adult at school that they could talk to. When I was in second grade, my older brother was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. He lost his fight with cancer when I was in ninth grade. Throughout the years, I wished I had someone to talk to about what I was going through.  I realized then how important my relationships with the adults at school were and I wanted to be that listening ear and person students can rely on. 

The most rewarding part of my job is: There are so many rewarding parts of my job that it is impossible to narrow it down to just one, but I would say that seeing the moment when a student recognizes how much growth they have made and are proud of their accomplishments is always amazing to witness. 

One thing most people don’t know about my job is: I work with all students - and not just on career and course planning, but on social-emotional skills as well. I enjoy teaching mindfulness and emotional regulation skills to students and believe they are essential skills for all students to know. 

In my spare time, I like to:  Spend time with my three children, play tennis, solve escape room puzzles and spend time on the beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (or anywhere with an ocean).

Emily Johnson can be reached at or by calling (315) 926-2400. CLICK HERE to visit her virtual counseling office.

CLICK HERE to learn more about elementary counselor Abby Cantello