By Angel Salado, Staff writer
This week I interviewed special populations counselor Omar Amador on how he helps students and about his first year at Galileo.
Q: What is your position at Galileo?
A: I am the special populations counselor I assist the counselors in making sure students graduate on time.
Q: Have you had a position as a counselor before?
A: This is my first year teaching as a school counselor, I was a teacher at Downtown High school in LA teaching history and music which was a program I started where we studied history through the art of music.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I grew up in LA and moved to San Francisco in 2008.
Q: What college did you graduate from?
A: I did my undergraduate in a community college in LA called East LA college then I transferred to UC Santa Barbara where I got my bachelor's degree in history, after a year and a half of working as a researcher I went to San Francisco State to get my teaching credentials and got my masters in counseling at Cal State University East Bay.
Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: I’m not a musician but I like to play around with the guitar and piano, I like to shop, watch musical performances, watch films, long walks on the beach, I love to cook as well as learn to cook new things.
Q: What schools have you worked at before?
A: I've worked at Downtown High school, SF International.
Q: What are some reason why you took the at position Galileo?
A: I was looking at a position at SOTA, but I believed that Galileo would be a bigger challenge because it has more students and is the first alternative high school that I have worked at, but here since it's such a massive school with different populations it would be a challenging experience and I love a challenge.
Q: What is the purpose of a special populations counselor?
A: My purpose is to assist the counselors in making sure students that require a little more support get it and that I'm their for them and see what resources students need.
Q: How do you help students?
A: I help students by talking to their teachers or making plans to make it easier for them to maneuver around school in other words I make sure they are on the right path to graduate. At the end of the day I want to help maximize their experience at Galileo.
Q: What are some of your responsibilities?
A: My biggest responsibility is trying to identify which students are struggling and finding out what's the best way I can support them.