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Counselor Thrilled to Address Greenwich Graduation

Greenwich High senior Connor Stapleton remembers getting a phone call from guidance counselor Dr. Brenda Friedler after he visited one of the colleges he was applying to.

“[She] just went into full detail of every single great thing about the college and said that if I had any questions, she would contact everyone she knew there to find the answers,” he said in a prepared statement. “Dr. Friedler has seriously made my high school experience so much easier than I could have ever imagined.”

Friedler, who is retiring from Greenwich High School this year, was selected by the Class of 2011 as the commencement speaker for the June 20 graduation ceremony. “This is perhaps the greatest most significant honor I have had in my entire life and that’s because I was invited by the students,” she said. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Freidler has spent 38 of her 41 years in education in the  Greenwich Public Schools. She taught English at Western Middle School for seven years before becoming a guidance counselor, a role in which she has acted as mentor and advocate for thousands of students and staff and has developed relationships with college admission staff throughout the country. She has also often been asked to participate in school and community forums, such as the 2008-2009 Secondary Schools Review Committee, which resulted in the district’s Vision of the Graduate .

“I feel like I live here, in a very positive way,” Friedler said of the Greenwich High School community. “The senior class in particular is mindful of the community and they’re a class that gives back, which is another reason I’m so honored that they selected me to be the commencement speaker. I was so overwhelmed!”

As for her speech, Friedler says she’s “thinking about it 24/7” and hopes it will unfold during discussions with seniors in a way that will best reflect the Class of 2011.

Do you know Dr. Friedler? Share your own or your child’s stories by commenting below or emailing ahelhoski@mainstreetconnect.us .

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