Dr. Tamara Tribitt spent ten years as a K-12 school counselor prior to moving into academia as a school counselor educator. In the classroom at Lewis & Clark College, she emphasizes the practical application of scholarly knowledge (Balkin & Kleist, 2000) within the school counseling profession. In addition to learning the “how-to” of being a school counselor, she offers an opportunity for students to develop a sense of self and an understanding of one’s impact on others in society through a relational classroom environment. Dr. Tribitt’s instructional philosophy aligns with Sentipensante (Rendón, 2014) pedagogy which supports activities and discussions that intentionally foster relationship between all stakeholders in the classroom. She invites her students to explore societal messaging around privilege and oppression to examine how those messages impact them personally as well as the students and families they will be working with as school counselors. It is her hope her students feel encouraged to be active social change agents in school systems so everyone’s academic, career, and social emotional needs can be met.
Her research interests are centered around Critical Youth Studies, action research in schools and communities, and school counselors as system change agents.
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PhD Counselor Education and Counseling, Idaho State
MEd School Counseling, Montana State University