Livermore High School

Elaina Edwards

Mrs. Edwards is the Counselor for students with the last names A-G and all GEA students.

Guidance Counselor Elaina Edwards has been in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District as a School Counselor and Substitute Teacher since 2007. She is thrilled to be at Livermore High School with devoted administrators, teachers, staff, parents, community members and such wonderful students. Her goal as a Counselor at LHS is to help students thrive in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

A World Traveler and Outdoor Enthusiast, Elaina is proud to call the Bay Area her home. She is married to a 7th grade Teacher, Mother of two precious children, and has the most exceptional cat named Xena. She loves to make time for family & friends, hiking, camping, traveling, playing board games, and photography. Her favorite quote is “The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things”, which explains why she chose to be a School Counselor!




December 10, 2007

By Paulo Coelho

A man spent hours watching a butterfly struggling to emerge from its cocoon. It managed to make a small hole, but its body was too large to get through it. After a long struggle, it appeared to be exhausted and remained absolutely still.
The man decided to help the butterfly and, with a pair of scissors, he cut open the cocoon, thus releasing the butterfly. However, the butterfly’s body was very small and wrinkled and its wings were all crumpled.
The man continued to watch, hoping that, at any moment, the butterfly would open its wings and fly away. Nothing happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its brief life dragging around its shrunken body and shrivelled wings, incapable of flight.
What the man – out of kindness and his eagerness to help – had failed to understand was that the tight cocoon and the efforts that the butterfly had to make in order to squeeze out of that tiny hole were Nature’s way of training the butterfly and of strengthening its wings.
Sometimes, a little extra effort is precisely what prepares us for the next obstacle to be faced. Anyone who refuses to make that effort, or gets the wrong sort of help, is left unprepared to fight the next battle and never manages to fly off to their destiny.
(Adapted from a story sent in by Sonaira D’Avila)

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