By Margaret Pendo
Michael Muramoto joined AHS this year as a high school counselor; however, he has worked in several schools as a part-time counselor at Albany High, Miramonte and Mountain House High School.
Though he’s lived in the Bay Area for a while, Muramoto was born and raised in Los Angeles County, moving up to the Bay Area to get his master’s in counseling at San Jose State. Since then, he’s been in between the Bay Area and Southern California.
Regardless of where he lives, though, Muramoto said he still holds strong to his identity as a “proud fan” of The Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and The Ducks.
Muramoto attended California State University, Fullerton and got a BA in Psychology. He did not move to the Bay Area until he went to San Jose State for his master’s in Education-Counseling.
Muramoto started here a few weeks into the year when there was an opening in the counseling department. “Even though I have only been here since October 3rd, I am thoroughly enjoying my time here. It is quite an adjustment, but I am up to the challenge,” he said.
At Alameda High, his day is filled with meetings with students and teachers, collaborations with administrators, and constant email communication. “If anyone needs to contact me, I am very good at email,” he said.
After school Muramoto can be found keeping in touch with his family down in “SoCal,” as he says, but also working out at the gym, catching up on social media and eating microwave dinners.
Beyond his daily rituals, Muramoto says he enjoys “seeing the growth of my students, and I want all of my students to succeed.” Muramoto says he lives by a quote from Edmund Burke:” The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” He sees success as a form of contribution to society. For him, being a counselor helps him fulfill his goal.
However, if not a college counselor, Muramoto could see himself potentially writing for video games or about sports. “Video games and sports have always been a large part of my life growing up,” Muramoto said, adding that his interest is high enough in them that “I can see doing those things as a profession.”
Students who have gotten to know Muramoto have nothing but good things to say. Danielle Simpson, a senior, says he “seemed very cooperative and he followed up with what he said.”
Another senior, Haris Terovic, who visited Muramoto to discuss his college applications, said he was “super understanding” with his situation. Terovic says Muramoto is “a cool dude and you should talk to him.”