Recipe for Success

I enjoy cooking and baking.  Cooking allows me to try new things, experiment, add a dash of this, a pinch of that, and just get creative!  It suits the rule-breaker in me as I don’t always like to follow recipes.  Baking is a bit more of an exact science, some room for experimentation, but lots of room for error (if you don’t measure correctly). Baking keeps me on the straight and narrow as I’m rewarded with a yummy treat, but ONLY IF I follow directions. 

My cooking is a bit like my counseling.  There is no “one right solution” or single recipe for success when it comes to students.  If something doesn’t work, try again, think out of the box, posit a new theory, add a new ingredient, or go back to the drawing board.  What works for one most certainly does not work for all.

This is why I love Florida Virtual School.  The individualized education – making each student’s experience unique – and the ability to think out of the box to try new things is at the heart of our school mission. It takes a cup of understanding, a dash of discovery, and a blend of resources and ideas for me as a school counselor to assist each individual student and his or her specific needs. I just always keep in mind that not one path is right for every student, just like the same recipe is not always successful for every cook.


Amy LaGrastaAmy LaGrasta, School Counseling Manager, helps students make informed decisions about courses, career and college options, and the study habits needed for online success. Prior to joining FLVS, she served as the guidance director at Estero High School in Lee County, FL where she was honored with the Teacher of Distinction award.



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