Meet Ms. Granara: Counselor

michelle2Ms. Granara grew up in Norwell, MA where she spent her free time playing lacrosse. In high school, her lacrosse team won two State Championships and Ms. Granara was named an All-American. Ms. Granara graduated from the University of Maine and attended classes at multiple campuses. Prior to coming to Alma, she was a school counselor in Worcester, MA.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I chose to be a part of the Alma team because I fell in love with the school the moment I stepped inside. I saw incredibly hard working students and dedicated staff all striving to create a top notch educational experience in New Bedford.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to be a resource and advocate for the students of Alma. I want to help them on their toughest days and also be there celebrate their successes as they navigate their time at Alma.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

To develop a comprehensive School Counseling program tailored to the needs of the Alma community.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

My teacher Ms. Schad taught me that a dedicated educator can have a lifelong impact on both her students and her community. Although Ms. Schad started as my teacher and coach she became a trusted mentor whom I still turn to today for encouragement and guidance.

Why did you become involved in education?

I wanted to work in education so that every day I spent at work would be an opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s life.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to Holy Cross to earn my B.A. in English with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. I loved Holy Cross’s mission to teach each student to become “men and women for others.” I earned my M.A. in School Counseling at Assumption College.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

What is your favorite place?

My favorite place is Costa Rica.

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