Date of Award

Fall 1976

Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

DeRoche, E.

Second Advisor

Topetzes, Nick J.


Primary among the reasons for my decision to enroll in a graduate program in Guidance and Counseling was the lack that I felt when the need arose to help teachers with their problems in the classroom. Strangely enough, I had no thought of becoming a full-time counselor; rather, I wanted to learn the skills and methods imparted in a guidance and counseling program, so that I could better fulfill my own roll as principal of an elementary school where the faculty is comprised of 35 classroom teachers. Needless to say, what I have learned at Marquette has been helpful in dealing with the eleven hundred children who make up the student body, but it has been invaluable in augmenting my chief purpose: the ability to bring into play resources of counseling in my function as principal when I am required to supervise classroom teachers and to discuss with them the behaviors that I have observed. Previous to my graduate school training, I was aware that there were many shortcomings in my approach to this particular aspect of my role; now, I am conscious of the many ways to help teachers with their own behavior without making them feel alienated or inferior. Some of the results of my new-found ability to counsel in authentic and understanding ways proved so interesting to me that I chose to make them the topic of my Master's Essay.