When a teacher is in front of a classroom he expects students to listen to what he is saying. For Melissa Stiffler, Iola High School guidance counselor, in most cases the opposite is true.
“Kids can feel left alone,” Stiffler said. “I don’t have all the answers, but then again sometimes they just want someone to talk to.”
Stiffler thinks she will be able to relate to the students at IHS. Her background is, in many respects, similar to that of the students she serves. Stiffler grew up in Macon, Mo., a small town in northeast Missouri. Like Iola, Macon is a town of less than 6,000 residents.