Guidance Department

Hillary Bush, Director of Guidance
207-998-5400, ext 101

Hillary Bush is celebrating her 20th year at PRHS, as she started her school counseling career here at PRHS/BMWMS in 1999. She transitioned to being the first Director of Guidance for PRHS in 2001 and has always had the caseload for students with last names G-M. Ms. Bush is also the SAT Coordinator, AP Coordinator, LRTC Liaison, and oversees the Roundtable program and the master schedule. Ms. Bush is a member of the PRHS and RSU # 16 Crisis Teams and K12 Guidance/Social Worker group. She is a co-chair and the notetaker for the Androscoggin Area Guidance Collaborative, which includes 6 area high schools, as well as USM, CMCC, FAME, and LRTC. Ms. Bush is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).

Prior to PRHS, Ms. Bush spent years in college admissions and advising at the University of Southern Maine and Unity College, recruiting all around New England.

Ms. Bush earned her MS in Counseling from the University of Vermont( her home state!) and her BA degree with dual majors in Economics and French from Bowdoin College.

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

Guidance Mission

The mission of the Poland Regional High School Guidance Department, in conjuction with the overall Student Services Program, is to create a safe and healthy learning environment for all dtudents. This program will contribute to the growth and development of all individuals by striving to equip all students with the knowledge, awareness, and skills to thrive in the world in which they live and work.

Developmental Guidance Philosophy

A comprehensive Guidance Program uses a holistic approach in actively assisting students to develop ideas, goals, and objectives, which will help them gain greater independence, self-knowledge, and self-esteem. A Guidance Program must begin in kindergarten and continue through grade 12 with the focus of services being prevention rather than remediation. The Guidance Program is an integral part of the total educational program for all students; its success depends upon the combined efforts of the entire school community. The Guidance Program is carefully planned, systematically implemented, and reflects current developments in the field.

Goals and objectives for the Guidance Program are based on the belief that each student has a unique combination of needs, interests, abilities, and developmental issues which impact academic, personal and social growth. This program will contribute to the growth and development of all students by striving to equip them with the knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to thrive in the world in which they live and work. The Guidance related needs of students, can be grouped as follows:

  1. Personal and social development
  2. Educational development
  3. Career development

The Program provides counseling, consultation, appraisal, information and referral in support of these needs.

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