Q&A With Retiring Counselor Carla McCay


Kate Hayes

Retiring counselor, Carla McCay

Kate Hayes, Staff Writer

After 12 years at PHS, counselor Carla McCay is retiring. Prior to her retirement, she spoke with The Journal.

Q: How long have you been at PHS? 

A: This is my 12th year at PHS.

Q: Why did you want to work as a counselor? 

A: I knew when I was in middle school that I wanted to go into psychology. I used to make my little sister lay on the couch and tell me her problems. I always loved helping people figure things out and everyone knew I could keep a secret. School counseling has a little bit of everything. I get to help with personal issues and career planning. It’s my dream job.

Q: How long have you been a counselor?

A: I have been a counselor for 35 years. I started with SW Resources and then worked as a therapist at Worthington Center Child Unit. From there I went to Pressley Ridge for nine years and then came to Wood County as an elementary counselor, then high school.

Q: Favorite memory of the school? 

A: There are so many, but my favorite is seeing students who didn’t think they could do it, walk across that stage and get that diploma. I’m like a proud mom!

Q: What is something that you’ll miss?

A: The daily interactions with students for sure, also my colleagues. I have met so many wonderful people here. Many have gone on to other ventures, some have passed. I cherish them all.

Q: What is your plan after retirement?

A: I hope to travel. I want to go to Europe for a month. I love the Western part of the US, so I’d like to go back there. I also plan to spend more time with my parents and family, do pilates and work in my garden.

Q: Describe your career at PHS in one word.

A: Unforgettable

Q: Are you an alumni of PHS?

A: No, I graduated from Shinnston High School in 1977

Q: What advice would you give students? 

A: You do YOU! Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Follow your heart, make good choices and above all BE KIND!

Q: What is something your students would be surprised to know about you? 

A: I wasn’t the most dedicated high school student. I was a bit of a social butterfly. Cheerleading and dances were more important. I kicked into gear in college though and turned out okay!