Above and Beyond: Louisa County teacher helping students find best future

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Louisa County guidance counselor is making it his mission to help students find the best possible future.

Todd Ryan is the director of school counseling at Louisa County High School.  “Louisa is a wonderful place to be. It’s a place where I met my wife and we have 3 kids in the school system here, so this place offers a number of things for kids to do both inside and outside school,” he said.

Todd Ryan
Todd Ryan

Ryan is in his 20th year as a school counselor in Louisa County. But that wasn’t always his plan.

“I wanted to help people and I thought teaching was the avenue for that, and it is the avenue for that here at this school, but then I realized that I could build a different relationship with students as a school counselor,” he said.

Ryan recently won an award for being one of the first supervisors of the Virginia College Advising Corp out of UVA which places recent college grads in high schools for two years specifically to help students with college applications.

Kaitlin LaGrasta
Kaitlin LaGrasta

Kaitlin LaGrasta is one of those college advisors. She says the program is great for students. “It’s good to be able to have somebody where you know as a student you can go to them and ask them questions about a very confusing process in their life,” she said. And LaGrasta said Louisa County was her first choice when picking school districts to work in.

“It feels like a family,” she said.

Whatever the future holds for these students, Ryan hopes to help get them there.

“Whether what they’re going to do after high school is go into the military or go into a four year college or go right to work it’s neat to be able to see that transformation over four years from a first year freshman student to a confident graduating senior who has plans and goals and dreams after high school,” he said.

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