Most people, when graduating from school, never imagine themselves working at the same school, years later. That is the case for Kelly O'Brien Weaver, a school counselor at George B. Weatherbee School.
"I am so happy that I did," said O'Brien Weaver. "It feels very strange for things to come full circle like that."
In just five years of being the school counselor, she was named Maine's School Counselor of the Year. She'll be recognized nationally in Washington D.C., but Tuesday was a chance for people at her own school to show how they feel with a special assembly.
"I think that I have the most optimistic and enthusiastic job in the world," said O'Brien Weaver. "Everyday, the students give me more energy and more optimism of the future."
"She exemplifies the best school counselor of all elementary, middle and high school in the state," said Jennifer Cyr, the principal of the school. "It's an incredible honor, she's so deserving of that."
Cyr worked with Kelly a few years back. She knew even then, that she was something special.
"She's the kind of person that brings out the best in others," said Cyr. "Behind the scene, she's incredibly humble, she's hardworking. Her work ethic is so strong and she's constantly striving to make her program better."
If there was any doubt that she's loved, a poster board with sticky notes telling how great she is from students at the school ought to fix that.
"I love my job. I think it's the best position in the entire world," said O'Brien Weaver. "I come to school ready to go and I am really lucky to have fallen into this career but also this community."