By Noel Laulu
With the employment of other new administrators, OHS has hired a new counselor has well. Tai Tokeshi is the counselor for newcomers, SJR/ AVID students, and he is also a part of the Panther freshman family.
Before joining Oakland High, Tokeshi was a counselor at the San Francisco School of the Arts.
Tokeshi said the main reason he became a counselor was to build relationships with students, help them grow, get students to graduate and go to college, and help them to realize their potential.
Tokeshi went to college for six years and has been counseling for five. He has a masters degree in psychology for the University of San Francisco. He spent his undergraduate years at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Tokeshi moved here two years ago with his wife, who works for OUSD. He realized he wanted to become a counselor when he was in college. His first job was a counseling job with youth on probation. He found that the job was fun, as well as making a positive impact, and he decided to pursue this career.
This new counselor is already developing a reputation for being friendly, open, chill, and helpful. During a recent interview with him, there were two instances where it was interrupted: first by a student looking to change her schedule, and a parent enrolling their child who happened to be newcomer. In both events he was helpful, making sure everything was taken care of and making sure no one was ignored, as well as making sure to finish the interview.
Overall this new counselor seems to be making a positive impact already.