An alumnus of the LMU School of Education’s counseling program, Greg Baumann ’03 works for the Los Angeles County Office of Education as a transition counselor for students adjudicated under the authority of the LA County Juvenile Court. He works with these students during their time at one of three LA area probation sites to identify future goals, including transition plans to attend high school and find work. Greg finds this position very rewarding, remarking, “I enjoy having the opportunity to work one-on-one with students, many of whom do not typically get this level of attention and support from the other people in their lives. I do what it takes to impress upon my students that I am there for them, from calling schools to see about admissions to meeting students at school sites to sign up for classes.”

After learning about California’s Pupil Personnel Services credential and both the professional and personal opportunities it offers, Greg chose the LMU program because the small class sizes and evening courses made it a perfect fit. After earning his master’s degree in counseling and PPS credential, Greg worked as a counselor for the Los Angeles Unified School District and served in other counselor positions in San Antonio, Texas, Sacramento, and Palo Alto before returning to Los Angeles and joining the LA County Office of Education.

Greg thoroughly enjoyed his LMU experience, saying that it was extremely beneficial to learn from expert and approachable professors with working professionals as peers who each brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. The emphasis on social justice had a strong impact on Greg. He says, “LMU helped me combine the ideas of social justice and working with marginalized populations in a meaningful way. The idea of educating the whole person and committing to lifelong learning is something I try to instill in my students by telling them that education is about providing yourself with choices you would not otherwise have.” A former professional juggler, Greg integrates the core concepts of juggling into his work with students, helping them to understand that education is the key to finding solutions when challenges come their way.

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