Welcoming Bradly Parker to the PHS family

The 2019-2020 Visual Arts/Yearbook class would like to welcome our new teachers and staff to the PHS and Poplarville community. As a way to get to know one another this class set up interviews with our new members. If you see them please say, “hello” and welcome them to the family. The following information was from the interview with Bradly Parker.

Bradly Parker is the new Guidance Counselor for the Poplarville High School. He is from a small town in Michigan called Caro. He moved to Mississippi so his wife could take a job at USM as a professor. As a school counselor Mr. Parker has a lot of  different responsibilities. Some of those responsibilities include: creating the school master schedule, making sure students take the right classes to graduate, and helping students cope with social and emotional challenges. This is his third year being a school counselor. Mr. Parker got his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Social Relations & Policy from Michigan State University. He then went on to receive his Master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Wisconsin. When asked why he wanted to be a school counselor he stated, “ I want to help people overcome the obstacles in their lives and make the best life they can for themselves, and being a school counselor is the best way I’ve found to do that.” Mr. Parker’s preferred way to help students is by working with them one-on-one, so he can explore their interests and challenges. 

On his way to become a counselor, he managed programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club. He also worked in a special education compliance. I bet he never went hungry, while he was a taste-tester for Oscar Mayer. When asked the question what high school did he graduate from he proudly responded, “I’m a proud alum of Caro High School. Go Tigers!” Mr. Parker was asked what he thinks the biggest struggle a student at PHS could have, and how can we improve it. He responded to this question with the statement, “Everyone has their struggles, and they are all unique. The important thing is to be kind to one another and accept people for who they are.” We are proud to welcome Mr. Bradley Parker to the PHS family and community. 

Editor and Photographer: Dalton Barnes