“I enjoy what I do, helping students with their university choices and applications, and working with the students,” Mr. Stenger says. He sits in an armchair in his office, located inside the high school counseling office on the second floor. Although he has only been a high school counselor at ISB for four weeks, Mr. Stenger’s calendar is already full of the many meetings he has to attend.
Mr. Stenger has coached APAC baseball at Shanghai American School and because of this he always had a strong sense of the ISB community. He has even gotten to know a few of the teachers at ISB: one of his closest friends is our Activities Coordinator, Simon Parker. Mr. Stenger says that he always thought that ISB was a good place to live and work.
When asked about what his experience has been like at ISB so far, the counselor replied:
“This [high school counseling] department is very good […]. The counselors here are very good. They’ve been very welcoming, very supportive in getting me started, and I feel the same from all the rest of the faculty that I’ve met, so its really been a good experience so far.”
Prior to coming to ISB, Mr. Stenger taught for two years at Bangkok Patana School as a Careers and University Advisor. He wasn’t looking for another job, but when the opportunity to work** **at ISB fell into his lap, Mr. Stenger knew that it was a good choice for him, his wife, and their second grade daughter.
When outside of his office, Mr. Stenger loves to be outdoors. “I can’t wait to settle down so I can get back to doing my hobbies,” he says. The outdoorsman particularly enjoys skiing, hiking, and kayaking. One of his favorite outdoor activities is cycling.
Mr. Stenger cycles everyday to school, and when asked to think of his least favorite of ISB so far, he even said that he would like to keep his bike inside his office instead of locked up outside. “That’s one bad thing [about ISB]. I’d rather have my bike in my office.”
Growing up in Northern California, he always enjoyed school. “I wasn’t always a very good student, I didn’t always try my hardest, but I enjoyed my education, and I used it to see the world.” He attended Wester State College of Colorado for a year before transferring to the University of Portland in Oregon where he completed his bachelor’s degree. After completing his master’s at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he returned to Colorado and became a school counselor there for two years. After these two years, he began to travel overseas, and eventually, he found himself at ISB.
Mr. Stenger says that working with the students is what makes him excited to come to school everyday. “I know I’ll sound cliché when I say the students, but it really is the students.” He says, smiling. “When you participate in meetings and have the chance to also spend time with students one on one, this is really what I enjoy the most.”
Mr. Stenger is striving towards a meaningful life. “That’s what I try to do. That’s what I try to focus in on when I work with students, especially in high school.” Work towards meaning in life, and to have a life that is meaningful. Model a good life, a meaningful life, and good decision making.”
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