Meet Jeanine Masciola, the Upward Bound Advisor for Mount Shasta High School. Jeanine contributes to the organization of all things surrounding Upward Bound, including the Summer Program, College Tours, and the overall success of each student as an individual. It is safe to say that Jeanine has a personal relationship with each student in the program. She is continually looking out for their best interests and is determined to guide each student to their full potential.
Jeanine started working as the Mount Shasta Upward Bound Advisor in February 2018. She was unsure that she held the capabilities to succeed in this job yet was encouraged by several people who know her well. Jeanine is incredibly thankful for this encouragement because now she is so happy with her job. Her favorite part of her position with Upward Bound is aiding students to success. When questioned about this, Jeanine stated, "I love interacting with my students, helping them tackle issues that are important to them and answering questions they have about college or just life beyond high school. I've never enjoyed a job this much. What a joy it is to come to work every day, realizing you could actually impact another person's life for the better. It's an incredibly fulfilling career." This statement truly sums up Jeanine as a person. She is an incredibly caring and thoughtful individual with the hopes of helping people, especially her students, in every way possible. Jeanine has come to love every one of the sixty kids enrolled in Upward Bound. She goes above and beyond the description of her job, providing a safe place for students to express their concerns about their futures, and life in general.
High School can be a daunting experience. It is the transition from childhood to adulthood, and many students feel lost and need guidance. Jeanine has truly guided students on a path to a bright future by assisting them in discovering their unique hopes and dreams.
Outside of her role in Upward Bound Jeanine has twins, a boy and a girl who just turned twenty-one. Her daughter Colee is a senior at Simpson University, and her son Nate will be returning to college after a work break in the fall. Jeanine enjoys spending time with family, running, hiking, biking, singing, and photography. She volunteers in the annual melodrama production in Mccloud, a fundraiser for the museum, as well as volunteering as an assistant coach for the McCloud middle schools track and volleyball programs. This is yet another demonstration of Jeanines grateful and considerate nature.
Jeanine is very enthusiastic about the future of Upward Bound. She is excited to announce that next year, there will be elective classes for students associated with the program. The course will focus on building leadership skills and will experiment with drone technology to help a local business solve a real-world problem. Her hopes for the future of Upward Bound include developing student leaders to provide input on the program and the creation of a mentorship program giving upperclassmen the opportunity to mentor underclassmen.
As a first-generation college graduate coming from a low-income family, Jeanine whole-heartedly believes that every student in Upward Bound has the opportunity for a brighter future. Growing up, Jeanine lived with her grandmother, who had only an eighth-grade education. Jeanine strived for success, taking every opportunity to gain knowledge. She powered through and dedicated herself to her academics. Jeanine attended Simpson University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Education.
With hard work and perseverance, Jeanine believes every student enrolled in Upward Bound can defy the confinements of college. Community involvement and dedication can often lead to scholarship opportunities. Jeanine is always happy to provide resources to students who aspire for college yet are destined to struggle with the funds. Jeanine's goal for the students of Upward Bound is that they leave the program a more confident and capable person than when they joined. She hopes that each is prepared to tackle the next phase of their life and can find a career and reach success in a way that brings them as much joy as Jeanine's job gives her.