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High School Counseling

HS Counselor Michelle Rath

High School Counselor Michelle Rath

My name is Michelle Rath and I am the high school counselor for grades 9 and 11.  Next year, I will continue to support my students as they rise to grades 10 and 12.  I was born and raised in Western Canada and attended a Jewish parochial school.  After graduating from high school, I came to Israel for the summer and ended up being adopted by Kibbutz Kfar Blum, doing a year of volunteer work through the Kibbutz Movement office, making Aliyah and training as a physical fitness instructor in the Air Force.  I studied at Bar Ilan University and then worked at a Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Holon.  I returned to Canada to complete my Master at McGill University in Montreal and continued to a Ph.D. at Syracuse University.

I originally worked in the adult mental health field and made the transition back to counseling, working as a school counseling administrator in public schools in Vermont for many years.  I received a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching fellowship and spent six months 2013 through Tel Aviv University researching best practices in school crisis management, while my daughter attended WBAIS as a grade 10 student.  After returning to my public high school in Vermont for a year, I began a multi-year international school counseling career in Dubai, (UAE) Stavanger (Norway,) Montreal (Canada) and finally back to Vermont for the last two years.

I am thrilled to be back in Israel, and to be a part of the AIS counseling team.  I look forward to learning from and supporting the students in the high school in this position.

HS Counselor Patrick Love

HS and College Counselor Patrick Love

My name is Patrick Love and I am the 10th/12th grade counselor. 

I come to WBAIS after working at international schools in Bulgaria, China, and the Philippines.  I came to Israel with my wife and our daughter.  My wife Anne, is also a teacher at WBAIS, and we look forward to being a part of this wonderful community for years to come.  During our summers we enjoy spending time with friends and family at our home in Central Oregon.

I enjoy working with teenagers and helping them reflect on their choices, goals, and the paths they would like to take as they begin contemplating their future while also making the most of their high school years, discovering and developing interests and passions.

I have a Master’s degree in School Counseling from City University in Seattle, WA.  As someone who loves school counseling and growing in this field, I have presented widely at nearly every major international school counselor conference, including the International Association of College Admissions Counselors, East Asia Region Counsel of Schools Leadership Conference and Teachers Conference, International School Counselors Association, and many others.  My main areas of focus tend to be developing engaged life-long learners, and young adults who can foster their own wellbeing.  I also like to use big-data strategies to better know and understand my students and how they experience the learning environment.

Students and parents are always welcome in my office!


HS Program

The High School counselors serve as advocates for and support students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and assist with exploring post-secondary opportunities. The WBAIS High School counseling team consists of 2 counselors for Grades 9 to 12 and one administrative assistant. Counselors focus on academic and university counseling in addition to supporting the academic, social, and emotional needs of students. Counselors work in partnership with families, faculty, administration, and outside resources in support of students achieving their goals.

Counselors do the following:

Academic Counseling

  • Individual student academic program planning
  • Advocating for students
  • Schedule classes and advise on course selection
  • Mediate between students, teachers and parents
  • Analyze data from student achievement, student surveys and various assessments
  • Refer students for student support services

Well-being/Personal/Social Development Counseling

  • Providing individual and small group counseling services to students
  • Help the principals identify and resolve student issues
  • Crisis response
  • Refer students for outside services
  • Monitor student behavioral interventions
  • Help design advisory sessions on pertinent issues

General/Other Counseling

  • Review admissions files and make recommendations regarding academic fit and planning
  • Assist students with transitions into and out of the school parent and student meetings for post secondary planning

Post Secondary

  • Organize parent and student meetings for college/university planning
  • Coordinate college admissions visits to campus
  • Facilitate the SAT testing
  • Interpret the standardized test scores with students and parents
  • Support students through the college application process
  • Support students with post secondary planning not including university such a gap years, military service, employment

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about any of this or if you would just like to find information and you do not know where to start, please get in touch and we can figure out things together.