According to an old saying, you can’t go home again.

But that certainly wasn’t the case for Live Oak High School counselor Jennie Duran.

Duran, a 2001 Live Oak graduate, was the class salutatorian.

In 2010, she came back home to serve her alma mater as a counselor.

Those efforts earned her one of this year’s “Pride of the Pride” awards from the school.

Duran was the first of her family to graduate high school and move on to college. She earned a bachelor’s degree in child development from Sacramento State in 2005, and a master’s degree in counseling with a specialization in school counseling in 2008.

Her first jobs in education took her to first Pierce and then Colusa.

“I always wanted to come back,” Duran said. “I didn’t think the opportunity would come up so soon.”

In high school, Duran was involved in a number of activities, including serving as ASB vice president.

Working in education at any level and in any job requires a lot of passion, and that’s something Duran has in abundance.

“My greatest passion is making sure all my students feel confident about their plans after high school,” Duran said.

Another school year is in the books at Live Oak, but it will be a short summer and Duran and the rest of the Live Oak staff will be back at work this fall shepherding another senior class on its journey to graduation and helping another freshman class ease into high school.

And helping those upperclassmen in the middle find their place, too.