San Carlos resident’s book wins multiple accolades

For San Carlos resident Nancy Regas, advising students over the years has proven to be a very rewarding and successful experience.

Regas has lived in the community for 44 years and worked at Patrick Henry High School for nearly 20 years as a counsellor.

Retiring in 2016, Regas then worked for three years as a regional representative for Albion College, a private liberal arts college in Michigan.

Regas’ passion for consulting has not gone away despite his transition into retirement.

In 2021, Regas wrote and self-published, The art of being a school counselor; it’s on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble. She also recorded it, along with the audiobook on audible.com.

He recently received several distinctions: finalist of the National Indie Excellence Awards; San Francisco Book Festival – Honorable Mention, General Non-Fiction Category; NYC Big Book Award-Winner Education Category; NYC Big Book Award – Distinguished Favorite [audiobook] Non-fiction category; 56th Annual Local Authors Program for the San Diego Public Library [was in the showcase through the end of February and then was to be available for check out].

Regas believes the book has merit, especially given the challenges facing students and those who teach, counsel and raise them these days.

Times are very difficult in education and all educators (counselors, administrators, teachers) and parents need inspiration,” said Regas.

Writing the book became an inspiration to Regas, especially as she says she arrived at her true calling as a school counselor.

All career paths before that (unbeknownst to me at the time) were stepping stones to where I belonged,” Regas remarked. “Every day I went to work with anticipation, wonder and joy. I wanted to recapture some of those feelings and memories in words, leaving my legacy to my daughters and granddaughters as well as a tribute to all of my students.

For Regas, the individual relationships with his students over the years stand out.

It was such a privilege to watch them grow, hear their stories, cheer for their victories and ease their pain through their disappointments,” Regas continued. “I was their advocate, their signpost, their sounding board, their safety net, and their reality check. I still have relationships with many of my former students (now amazing adults), and that’s for my greatest pleasure and honor. No two days were the same (so it was never boring); each day was like unpacking a package full of discoveries that included challenges, obstacles, triumphs, achievements and resolutions.

With all the challenges faced by students, teachers and parents elsewhere in recent years, a strong counseling program in school is essential.

In my mind, counseling has always been vital,” Regas said. “More than half of the states in the United States do not require school counselors for K-12 students (including, unfortunately, California). This means that if the manager does not like advisors, they are not a priority; if the budget needs to be reduced, the advisers are considered useless. This harsh reality is simply wrong in my belief. Counselors are essential to the success and well-being of students throughout their education. Given the turmoil of the past two years, the need for counselors in schools should be pretty obvious.

According to Regas, students should have a safe space at school, as should parents and teachers.

I had an open door policy for anyone (not just my advisers) who was looking for ‘a zone of truth’,” Regas said. “In the book, I wrote a chapter on COVID and its impact on education. Also, I swore to myself to be the school counselor I never had.

For anyone looking to become a school counselor, Regas has some advice.

Find your passion,” Regas emphasized. “Know why you want to be a school counselor and do your best. In writing the book, I wanted to not only share my story, but inspire others to find their passion and not just a job. I wish all educators[counselorsteachersandadministratorstobemoreseemoredomorefeelmoregivemoreandthusbefulfilledmoreastheytouchthelivesoftheirstudentsbeingTomethatistheofthehearttobemoreseemoredomorefeelmoreandthusbefulfilledmoreastheytouchthelivesoftheirstudentsbeingTomethatistheo[conseillersenseignantsetadministrateursd’êtreplusdevoirplusdefaireplusderessentirplusdedonnerplusetdoncd’êtreplusépanouislorsqu’ilstouchentlaviedeleursélèvesPourmoic’estlecœurd’êtreunconseillerunéducateur[counselorsteachersandadministratorstobemoreseemoredomorefeelmoregivemoreandthusbefulfilledmoreastheytouchthelivesoftheirstudentsTomethatistheheartofbeingacounseloraneducator”

When asked if she plans to write any additional books, Regas replied that she doesn’t know at this point.

When I was a perinatal educator and I heard parents say, I can’t wait for him/her to sit down, stand up, walk, talk, etc. the joy and miracle that was right before them. My thought has always been to savor and appreciate the current stage, thus remaining in the here and now. I want that for this book. I want this book to fulfill its purpose and to see it reach its audience and make a difference. I think it would be very beneficial in graduate programs as well as integrating new counselors, administrators, and teachers into a district. Theory alone does not put the soul into being a counselor, an educator,” Regas noted.

For Nancy Regas, many students and others have benefited from the words she has spoken over the years.

(Photo courtesy SD Public Library Local Author’s Program)

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