My name is Melissa Gollihar. I have 2 teenage daughters and am thankful to work in the Casa Grande Union High School District. At CGUHS they have accepted us and treat us like family! I am so thankful my daughters get to experience the connection and support this school has to offer.
I grew up in Kearny, Arizona, where I attended school until the 8th grade. My family moved to Mesa my freshmen year and I graduated from Mountain View High School. I went from a school where my graduating class had approximately 60 students to a graduating class of approximately 700 students! It was a huge culture shock but a wonderful growing experience. I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Arizona State University (Go Devils!). I became an academic advisor at the University of Phoenix where I earned my Master’s in Educational Counseling. I have always loved to learn so, after I had my daughters, I decided to attend Grand Canyon University where I earned my Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management. I consider myself a lifelong learner and I not only hope to instill that value in my own children, but also in all my school children!
I spent the first 15 years of my counseling career in the Tolleson Union High School District at Westview High School. I worked with the most amazing staff and faculty who helped me develop my process of meeting the students “where they are” and helping them achieve success at their pace. Life circumstances had me move to the East Valley where I worked in Chandler and Coolidge. I also had the privilege of working with the counseling departments at the Queen Creek Unified School District in assisting them with their Professional Development.
I have met and worked with some amazing people and have had the opportunity to see various perspectives and methodologies. I believe in the Humanistic Approach and utilize the Dweck Theory of Motivation focusing on changing from a fixed to a growth mindset. Every person can learn and have a positive life path if they believe in themselves and are able to change negative self-defeating thoughts and behaviors and develop a strong work ethic.