Q&A With Retiring Counselor Carla McCay


Kate Hayes

Retiring counselor, Carla McCay

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!