Changing lives, one student at a time
Lisa Studenmund has dedicated her life to helping students discover and define their future paths to reach their fullest potential. Lisa grew up in northwest Ohio in the town of Wren, attending Crestview schools. She was in high school when she decided that she wanted to make a career of guiding students like herself.
Lisa graduated from Bowling Green State University. She served as the school counselor for Fairbanks Local Schools from 2005 until her retirement in June of this year. Lisa and her husband, Steve, have three grown children — Matthew, Noah, and Rachel. All have continued in a career path of helping others.
Lisa was awarded $1,000 in the Who Powers You Ohio contest, sponsored by Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, because she embodies the values of Touchstone Energy in her daily life.
Lisa’s integrity means she puts her students first — every single day. She creates a supportive environment for her students, holding them accountable not only for their actions, but in making important decisions about their future and setting realistic goals. She uses innovation to change plans when unexpected situations arise. She displays commitment to community in developing excellent working relationships with area businesses, encouraging them to support Fairbanks students and always keeping the students’ best interests in mind.
A school counselor’s job goes beyond normal school hours, and Lisa worked tirelessly behind the scenes as a facilitator for her students and their chosen future paths. Sometimes unnoticed, school counselors are the unsung heroes for our youth.
As the effects of the pandemic subsided, Lisa had a lot of missed time and students to make up for. She was a staff of one at Fairbanks and still ensured no student was left behind. Today’s workforce needs a wide variety of education and skills, and Lisa was a constant support system for all students to find the right fit for them. Creating a positive and encouraging environment for her students was one of Lisa’s greatest gifts. Fairbanks High School was lucky to have a school counselor like Lisa Studenmund, and our community is fortunate to have her. Congratulations on your award, Lisa, and we wish you the best in retirement!