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Crista Smidt
Crista Smidt
Counselor
Phone: 712-737-2274
Groups: Elementary

Years At OCCS:  1987 - 1990 (teacher), 1991 -- 1992, 1996 --to present (guidance counselor).

Education Background:   BA in elementary education from Northwestern College -- 1985; MA from Morningside College -- 1991.

Professional background  I taught for two years in a combination classroom of grades 4th -- 6th at Ocheyedan Christian school in Ocheyedan, Iowa. In 1987, I  moved to Orange City Iowa, and continued my teaching career in grades four and five at Orange City Christian School. In 1990, I went back to school full-time to get my master's degree in school counseling.

In 1991, I was employed by Northwest Iowa’s  Co-op of Christian schools (NWICCS) to serve as a guidance counselor within the schools.  I served in seven Christian schools in 91 -- 92. The following 4 years, there were two counselors who served the 13 Christian schools in the Northwest Iowa area. From 1996 to 2001, I once again became the only counselor to serve three schools that wanted to continue services after the discontinuance of NWICCS: Inwood Christian, Orange City Christian and Sioux Center Christian. After 2001, I continued serving only at Orange City Christian school and Sioux Center Christian school. From 2019 to the present date I have made a full circle and only serve at Orange City Christian School as their preschool – fourth grade guidance counselor.

Faith Statement: It is my hope that as I work with children who are going through life’s struggles that I can share with them the peace that comes from a relationship with Christ. My desire is that they will feel His love, forgiveness, and purpose for their life. I pray that my life models doing things for Christ, with Christ, and reflecting Christ.

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