Marcelino Louis Bedolla: About me...
I go by the name of Lou and was born in Baltimore Maryland. I grew up living in Bolivia, Panama, and Ecuador, but finally settled in Columbia Maryland. I have also lived in Dunmore Pennsylvania and Ft. Lauderdale Florida., as well as visited approximately 12 other countries. I played soccer most of my life and still love the game. I attended several high schools, Howard High School, Gateway High School, and Dunmore High School, but graduated from Howard High School. Senior year I was a starting mid-fielder on a team that was ranked number one in the country, only to tie 2-2 in the State Championship, losing our National Championship, with a final ranking of third in the Nation. I graduated from Howard High School and went on to play soccer for one year at a local Community College. I then moved to Florida for just over four years, when I joined the United States Marine Corps and went to boot camp at Parris Island, SC. I was stationed in Okinawa Japan for a 1 year, North Carolina, a deployment to Soto Cano Honduras CSSD-68 Hurricane Mitch Humanitarian Relief Efforts, and with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit on the USS Shreveport LPD 12.
I took a position after the military with Anne Arundel County Public Schools as an administrative assistant and school registrar in the school counseling office at Ft. Meade Senior High School and was also an assistant coach for the girls varsity soccer team. I took the opportunity to use my GI bill and completed my Associate Degree from Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland. I met my wife, a teacher, while working at Ft. Meade Senior High School and then moved to Grand Rapids Michigan after the loss of her Mother. We were married a year later. During this time I attended Western Michigan University and received my undergraduate degree in Sociology. I then received a Master's Degree from Spring Arbor University in Counseling with an emphasis on Education. While working on my Maters Degree I was employed full time at Spectrum Health Hospital in the Labor & Delivery unit for three years. I then accepted a position as a school counselor at Annapolis High School back in Maryland, where I was recognized by Yale University as an Edcuator of the Year for Maryland. After a few years at Annapolis High School, I accepted a position at East Lansing High School and my wife and I, along with our three amazing daughters moved to Grand Ledge. I currently work with students last name A-F and am the AVID Counselor. I am currently enrolled in the MASSP Path to Leadership program through the Michigan Department of Education which is allowing me to work toward a certification in administration.
My mission statement is to provide effective counseling to all students in which I will address academic, career, and personal/social support and guidance. I will do this by working directly with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to identify each students specific needs in order to establish a plan that will help the student positively engage any issues, reach goals, and build character in order to become a more effective, efficient, and productive member of both our school community and our society, with the desire to become lifelong learners.