As an academic school counselor at Alpha Omega Academy, Adree Steventon works with students, parents, teachers, and education coordinators to help students who are in the academic school counseling program. She also hosts online classes to promote college and career readiness while providing relevant college planning and career exploration resources for students in middle and high school.
Steventon holds a bachelor’s degree in human services and a master’s degree in school counseling, and is also a member of the South Dakota School Counselor Association. Her professional experience as a caseworker and a school counselor has equipped her with the skills she needs to help AOA students thrive. Her favorite part of working at AOA is developing meaningful connections with students.
“Through compassion and support, it is my goal to help students identify obstacles, explore strategies, brainstorm realistic goals, and create a plan that helps move them toward their successful completion of courses,” Steventon said.
In her free time, Steventon enjoys reading, baking, traveling, and participating in outdoor activities such as hiking with her husband. Mountains and hills are some of her favorite scenery, and her list of dream destinations includes Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel. She also enjoys traveling to visit family and friends, especially her nieces and nephews who help keep her young.
Another “family” Steventon enjoys spending time with is a women’s community Bible study. She considers the close-knit group to be her sisters because they support one another through prayer and encourage each other in God’s word.
If she could meet anyone in the world, Steventon would choose the apostle Paul. She finds his transformation throughout life and his passion for encouraging others to do the Lord’s work inspiring. Two of her favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 3:5-6 and Psalm 145:17-18 because they remind her of the character of God and the importance of relying on Him for care.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
“The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The Lord is near to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them” (Psalm 145:17-18).