Meet Dr. Natalie Cunningham, New Counselor at Tech

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Dr. Natalie Cunningham is one of two new school counselors to join Tech this year; She works with 9th graders whose last names run from Luu to Z. She took a few minutes out from helping students for a quick interview.
Q: Where are you from and how did you become a school counselor?
I am originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, where I attended 2nd through 12th grades, graduating from Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School (go Patriots!). I then earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. I later earned a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of West Georgia, becoming a credentialed School Counselor. I also earned a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Memphis.
Q: How did you end up at Tech?
I moved to the area three years ago and became enamored with the culture, the social justice movements, and of course the weather. Attending an OUSD job fair, I was recruited by Roots International Academy to serve as their middle school counselor; however with the unfortunate closing of that school, the amazing staff at Tech invited and welcomed me in with a warm embrace.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about your work?
My favorite thing about counseling is of course advocating for student success, but also watching students develop socially and emotionally and apply learned skills for positive outcomes.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy traveling, cutting hair (as a licensed barber—fun fact), spending time with my family, and engaging in self-care!

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