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College educator, counselor seeking TCS Board of Education seat

Dr. Meagan McBride

An assistant professor of counseling at Heidelberg University is seeking a seat on the Tiffin City School District Board of Education this November.

Dr. Meagan McBride has a background in both education and mental health.

McBride, or “Dr. Meagan” as she is known in the community, resides in Tiffin with her husband, Dan ,and her two children, Madison and Marshall, who attend Tiffin City Schools.

“I wouldn’t want to raise my kids anywhere else,” she said.

Having children in the TCS district, McBride said she has been involved and seen many facets and have had great experiences in the system.

She is a former special education teacher and current college educator who owns and operates MK Counseling & Consulting, LLC, where she counsels children and families.

“I’ve always loved working with children,’ McBride said.

Over the years she has seen facilities be non-inclusive and not be able to provide services to families. It was then she knew she was going to go back to school and earned her bachelor’s degree in special education.

Then McBride said she continued to see children with emotional issues.

“We could address behavioral issues but not mental health,” she said.

She returned to school and earned her master’s degree in clinical counseling for youth and adolescents. McBride later obtained her Ph.D. in counseling from the University of Toledo in 2018.

At Heidelberg, she teaches in the Masters Counseling program. She is a certified trauma practitioner and provides therapy for children who have experienced trauma.

Her run for a board of education seat has been “humbling,” McBride said.

“The board has a variety of professionals, I feel it needs an education and mental health piece,” she said.

McBride said she wants to bring a balance between the two to the board and district and to help the district better understand what students face.

“Households today are not the same,” she said. “All families have their own issues.”

McBride serves on the Tiffin City Schools Program Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of PatchWorks House.

Right now, McBride said she is working on gettiner her name out there and is working on meeting people.

“This is a new venture for me,” she said. “I just want to be able to better serve kids.”

What she hopes to do is make the community more aware of the available providers and bring more inclusive policies.

“As a mother, educator and mental health professional, I have a strong desire to help make our school system a great place to educate and nurture children,” McBride said. “I am excited about the opportunity to work with other TCS Board members to make an already wonderful school system even better.”

For any questions, contact McBride at mmcbride@heidelberg.edu.

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