In support of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, Erin Mason, PhD and counselor educator in Chicago, organized a video of counselors pledging their goals to help students continue their education after high school. My district colleague, Shelly Parizeau, called me and said let’s do it! Dr. Mason’s suggestion was to stand in front of some kind of a state or local monument. Shelly said that the best one she could think of was the San Juan Capistrano Mission and I thought that was a great idea. So we formalized our goals and headed down. After a ton of shots with cell phones we nailed this one and made the deadline to be in the video. Shelly teases me that I love to watch it and she’s right. Best of all, we were true to our goals and to our students and we are reaching higher. See the video below.