Phone: (520) 696-6732
Degrees and Certifications:
University of Arizona, Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration Pima Community College, Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate
My name is Suzanne Graun, and I have been the Counselor at La Cima since 2004. My primary goal as school counselor is to advocate for students so that they can be successful academically, behaviorally and emotionally.
I have been a school counselor since 2000, all in the Amphi School District. My love of working with youth and families has continued throughout my 30+ years of work in the counseling profession.
Outside of school, I enjoy biking and hiking. I work out regularly at a local YMCA, including a Saturday aqua ‘boot camp’. I volunteer in 2 theatre arts venues in town, the AZ State Theater for over 20 years, and at the Historic Fox Tucson downtown for the last 5 years. I love time with family and friends, reading, movies, and improving my home. I belong to a wonderful faith community, where I have taught Children’s’ Sunday School, participated in small group Bible study, and worked on ‘service worship’ teams that provide community service in a variety of ways. I am in my second year as a Deacon, and this summer will be the 22nd year that I’ve been involved in our Vacation Bible School.
Defining Moment in Education
Since the age of 14, I knew I wanted to work with pre-teens and teenagers who were struggling with emotional challenges, who needed support and guidance so that they did not make poor decisions that would affect the rest of their lives.
My defining moment in becoming a School Counselor came after many years in other places trying to reach the feeling of accomplishment I was striving for in making a difference in the lives of youth. I have worked my way back from a correctional facility setting, through residential, outpatient, substance abuse and community mental health programs, to the place every child is present-school! This is where the needs can be identified earlier than any other place, and hopefully where the best ‘seeds’ can be planted and have the most impact on a successful outcome for every student.
Core Educational Beliefs
My Core Educational Beliefs are:
>all students are capable of learning
>all students deserve support in overcoming barriers/challenges that may inhibit or affect their ability to be ‘ready to learn’
>all students need to have a sense of belonging, to feel safe at school, and to know how they can contribute to their school and community
>all students need to know the expectations of being a member of the school community and be held accountable for abiding by these.
>teamwork between staff, the student, their family, and community members is necessary in providing the best environment for student success.
Before coming to La Cima Middle School in 2004, I worked part-time at Wilson K-8 for 4 years. Before becoming a school counselor, I was a counselor in several different settings in the community, including adult inpatient and adolescent outpatient substance abuse treatment, a community mental health center, a male correctional facility, and private practise.
Presentor at a National Conference on Domestic Violence after co-developing a program for first time adolescent domestic violence offenders.